Pollock (Pollachius virens)
- Size 4 to 15lbs
- Food Value Excellent
- Game Qualities Good
- Habitats Nearshore, Offshore
Pollock are Cod-like fish of similar appearance and taste, but higher availability and game quality.
They can grow over 3.5ft and 50lbs, with fish between 2 to 3ft and 4 to 15lbs being average.
This species is native to the cold northern Atlantic waters, spanning from Greenland to Virginia in the west and from Iceland to the Bay of Biscay to the east. It's recreationally caught most often just north of Cape Cod, MA (where they can even be caught from the shore). Their relative, the Alaska Pollock (Theragra chalcogramma), can be found in the northern Pacific Ocean.
How to catch
Pollock live in depths up to 600ft, but, unlike Cod, they can often be caught close to the surface, where they tend to school and feed.
Natural bait choices include herring, shrimp, squid, clams or worms, and artificials can be spoons, plugs, spinners, tube lures, various jigs and flies. Pollock are strong fighting fish, making fierceful dives to the line-cutting rock structures on the bottom, as well as ocasional aerial leaps accompanied by hook-throwing head shakes. They're a real angler's delight.
Good to eat?
The flesh is considered excellent eating.
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