SPECIES

Sea Angler (UK) - - BOAT ANGLER | SPECIES -

Coal­fish are one of the hard­est­fight­ing species of fish caught off the coast of the UK, es­pe­cially so when taken on light tackle. Tra­di­tion­ally, coal­fish were not highly re­garded as a food source, their white flesh lack­ing the flavour and tex­ture of sim­i­lar species, but in re­cent years, ‘coalie fil­lets’ have in­creas­ingly ap­peared on fresh fish stalls.

Depend­ing on lo­ca­tion, the av­er­age size of coal­fish caught is prob­a­bly be­tween 1-3lb, but in some ar­eas, no­tably deep-water wrecks, dou­ble­fig­ure spec­i­mens are reg­u­larly caught.

Fish to more than 30lb are caught in both Ice­land and Nor­way. The Bri­tish boat-caught record for coal­fish stands at 37lb 5oz (be­low), with a fish caught off a wreck near the Ed­dy­s­tone Reef in 1986.

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