Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Kayak Fishing - Catching Cornish Cod - A Change from Pollack

When I think of inshore shallow water fishing in Cornwall for members of the Cod family in water up to about 60 feet, I tend to think of Pollack with the occasional bonus catch of Cod.  A few years ago, Cornwall saw an influx of Cod well within a mile from shore.  That influx was so great, the commercial fleet had their quota increased because they were catching so many Cod and due to quota restrictions, were having to dump them overboard.

From my experience, the past year has once again seen that influx and although I love to fish for Pollack, catching Cod in numbers makes a pleasant change.


I set out at dawn to drift fish with lures over a rough ground mark in the hope of picking up some of those Cod and below is a video of the trip.

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  1. Great video as always... I was out for the first time today (carrick Roads), getting to grips with fishing from the kayak. I had a blank but on the upside I didn't fall in. If I troll something like a German sprat could I be in for Pollack as well as Mackerel? I launch from Mylor Harbour...do you know how far out I would need to be before I'm in with a chance of Mackerel? Very much looking forward to your Bass trolling videos. Cheers. Ben.

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    1. Hi Ben. Firstly, congratulations on you maiden trip. I can remember how daunting it was when out for the fist time with so much to learn and get used to. The Carrick Roads is made up of the shallow banks dropping down into the deep channel. From Mylor troll out to the St Just Pool Buoy and in the general area of the buoy and beyond into the deeper channel. For Pollack and Mackerel, near the North Bank Buoy, which is near the wreck of the SS Stanwood. However, for both the Mackerel and the Pollack you are better of vertical jigging whilst drifting with small feathers (sabiki's) from the shallows into the deep. You could also then pick up some Herring. Near Mylor, Pollack are mainly found near the North Bank Buoy. Hope this helps. Rob.

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  2. Yes that does help...lots. I've just checked out some admiralty charts and I can see the buoys you mention. Great stuff. Many thanks and best of luck for the season.

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  3. Fantastic video as usual, I fished the same spot as you last weekend and blanked!! Have a lot to learn as this was only my fourth trip out, I don't think I was out far enough and I don't have a fish finder yet, will keep going to the same place for the foreseeable and try different spots, looking forward to seeing the bass fishing videos, especially if they are done here!! Bass is high up on my catch list, nothing much beats fresh grilled bass
    Keep up the good work
    Andy

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    1. Hi Andy. Many thanks for the comment. When you get your fish finder you will discover that when it comes to Cod and Pollack, there is a very thin line as to wear the fish are and not and they could be sitting 30 yards away and you miss them. Good to hear your getting out. Rob.

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  4. Amazing vid , inspired me to get up early tomorrow and try and catch some fish.

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    1. Thank you for your comment and glad you enjoyed the video. With the right weather, that time of the morning is a great time to go fishing and just be there so if you did get up, hope it was worth it.

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  5. Great video. Amazed to catch my first Cod off the Roseland over half term it was in quite close just 100 yards from shore really dark it was the colour of the kelp at about 5lb - I just wasn't expecting it on my spinning rod jigging for Pollack. Lots of nice Pollack all to Snowbee Snakebite jigheads too but no Mackerel. Cheers Mike.

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    1. Thank you for your comment and congratulations on the Cod. As you have discovered, some Cod take up residence amongst the rough kelp ground and take on that dark colour of there surroundings. If you can catch the kelpies, they can be quite large 10lb+

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  6. Nice to meet you today rob , hope you had a good session , we steamed out to laithe rock after seeing you but couldn't really find the right spit , gps may be my next purchase.

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  7. Thank you for the message and it was nice to talk to you and thanks for coming over. I managed some good Pollack but no Bass then changed tactics and fished with bait on the drift over clean ground and had a nice Plaice. How did you try to find the rock? Rob.

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    1. Being fairly new to kayak fishing , at the moment I am using my fishfinder , the crab pots and an I phone to put me on the right spot , I think I found it last outing but not this time , still lots of pollack about

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    2. A GPS with marine charts and waypoints logged will solve those problems of finding marks and is a great asset to your fishing. The rock is listed on the marine charts.

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