Perhaps I should call them ‘pollack feathers’ rather than ‘mackerel feathers’? They certainly work against this member of the cod family. I boated five before we moved on out of Milford Haven in the open ocean, to the islands of Skokholm and Skomer.

Pollack, Pollachius pollachius,

Using the same method, I catch a grey gurnard, some greater sandeels and a couple of coalfish. I’ve always understood that these were more of a cold water fish; I’ve not caught them later than June before.

Grey GurnardEutrigla gurnardus

Its time we took a bass or two. I set up my spinning rod with a Rapala lure, and set it trolling behind the boat. We passed nail-bitingly close to and underwater mount. That’s where the fish are. Each pass gave a nice bass (48cm and 45cm)

The ever reliable Rapala Down Deep Husky Jerk

Total Catch:

  • 6 Pollack
  • 2 Greater Sandeel
  • 1 Grey Gurnard
  • 2 Coalfish
  • 2 Bass