Fishing for Pollock

Hi All,

I went out on the hunt for Pollock on the 18th of August. I set out just as the sun was rising before 6 am. I have found early morning or later evening my most successful times to fish for Pollock here around Whitley Bay.

The sea was still choppy from the SE blow the day before (which was also forecast again later in the day). I love being out early (once I have managed to get out of bed).

I headed straight for the kelp beds that cover most of the bay around the lighthouse area and picked up a small cod very quickly. This fell to a weedless shad.

After that I tried a variety of techniques and struggled to find anything for about 2 hours. Jellyworms, Fiiish Minnows and Artic Eels, jigged, trolled and cast and retrieved. Nothing was happening. The wind was starting to pick up as forecast and things were not looking too hopeful. I had orders to bring home some tea as well!

By this point I had drifted along to Seaton Sluice and decided to work my way back. I trolled most of the way and tried a number of drop offs I have marked and finally got some Pollock action.

This one fell to a jelly worm rigged weedless:

This was a better fish that gave a good account caught on a white HTO Artic Eel cast and retrieved:

This one was the biggest of the session and fell to the same lure as above. It fought very hard and made the session all worth while. This one had tea sorted:

On the way back I lifted up a pot I had put down a couple of days ago. I had a lobster in it but it was undersized so back it went but not before a quick photo:

I’ll hopefully fit in a few more Pollock sessions before the murky waters return and the cod goggles come on.

Cheers,

James

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