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Pollack Fishing
By David Elliott


The Pollack are a very hard fighting fish which can be found high above the wreckage and are normally a lot higher than the Cod. The Pollack come up from the west of the English Channel and we start fishing for them on the deep water wrecks in January. The prime time for catching Pollack on the wrecks off the south coast is in February. Another fish that we can catch which is similar is called the Coalfish, which can also fight even harder than the Pollack. The British Pollack record came out of Dungeness and weighed 29lb 4oz, this area is very close to where we tend to fish.

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When we are fishing the deep water wrecks in the English Channel we use lures to catch Pollack, similar to drifting for Cod. A French boom with an 8 to 10oz lead is used with a swivel, then a long trace line of around 10 to 15ft long. This trace line should be less than your main line so that if you snag the wreck you are able to get your boom and lead back.

The lures we use are red gills, which vary in colour. I find that the red and black with red tails or orange can work well. Shads can also be used and jelly worms can work too.

To catch a Pollack while wreck fishing the English Channel you have to drift the boat over the wreckage using the tide to take you. The Pollack can be very high above the wreck so you have to wind your lures nice and steady between 30 to 50 turns. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP WINDING AS THE BITE STARTS TO DEVELOP. You should also set your clutch on your reel, so that it can take line rather than snapping you off. You can also use an up-tider rod, which can work well. The reels I would use are either a Penn May or an Abu Chrome Rocket, you do not want to have heavy gear as you take the fun out of catching one of these hard fighting wreck fishing Pollack.


1) When gilling for Pollack you will find that they pluck at the lures. Just keep winding until the Pollack takes the lure and the rod will bend over and take line.

2) Make sure that your clutch on your reel is set right as it will scream off when it is hooked.

3) If the tide is not running hard, wind your reel a bit faster. Whereas when the tide is running hard you need to wind your reel slower to make the lure work properly.

4) If you are not catching using a lure then change it for a different lure or even a different colour, or if someone else on the boat is catching - have a look to see what they are using!

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