Fly Fishing for Pollock has become one of the best sea fishing trips in Scotland you can experience. Pollock can be caught from the shore or fishing in 20-30 feet of water, close to the shore in a boat. We offer sea fishing close to Edinburgh Fly Fishing in The Highlands and Fly Fishing from a boat in Galloway, South West Scotland. The Pollock is a predator and is built accordingly. Huge eyes, help the Pollock to spot prey in dark areas of the seabed or in amongst kelp(seaweed)
The Pollock prefers to hunt in areas with rock features and abundant kelp, that allow for cover from predators such as seals. This also gives them a perfect environment to attack baitfish and sand eels. When a Pollock takes a fly, the first thing it does is dive for cover back to the safety of the kelp. you need to be strong playing these fish and unlearn the techniques for playing a trout or a salmon. Pollock have to be bullied, or they will “kelp” you. In other words, drag you deep into the seaweed and try to shake the hook.
Winter shore fishing for pollock is possible, the numbers of fish are less prolific, however some marks offer great sport, and if you can brave the elements, you can be rewarded with some good fishing. Many people ask me how to fish for pollock. The techniques are quite detailed and I plan to write a blog article on this soon. Understanding how the fish feeds is a great start. They are predators, and lurk in kelp forests looking upwards, anything sillouetted against the skyline is fair game. When fly fishing the retrieve is crucial. Watch this video for evidence.
Fishing Tackle and techniques for Pollock
Depending on the shore fishing mark we fish, we use either a 9ft 10 weight single hand rod, or where there is a shelf or ridge under the water, a 15ft double hand, to give height to enable the line to clear the rock shelf.
There’s been much written about the type of retrieve to entice a Pollock to take a fly. Often on a slow figure of eight retrieve, they will nip at the tail of the clouser. It pays here to go into a rapid retrieve followed by a sudden stop. In my experience, this is the most effective fly fishing technique for Pollock.
Ways to protect Pollock when catch and release
If fishing from the shore, one of the things I see regularly is fish being dragged over the rocks. This damages fish, scars them and removes the protective mucus, thus introducing bacteria. We practice a simple technique of lifting the fish on to a soft bed of seaweed or release them in the sea with no handling. Barbless hooks help and in my opinion there’s no need for a barb when you consider how a pollock is played with constant pressure.