Cod Fishing in the UK

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Cod Fishing in the UK
Cod is a popular catch throughout the UK. (Hecht image by Stefan Richter from

Fishing for cod in the UK is very popular. Out of all the many fish throughout the UK waters, the cod seem to be the most appealing to fish for. Sea fishing isn’t always an easy hobby to follow, however; by taking advantage of the special packages offered throughout resorts, people may gain the knowledge they need to get started.

Cod Fish

The cod is one of Britain’s most popular fish. Many enjoy eating cod, as it’s often filleted and battered to perfection. Cod fish are easiest to catch during the winter season, as they enjoy the cold water. Therefore, during summer months they often move towards the deep end of the sea. Cod is a greenish-brown coloured fish with an extremely large mouth. These fish can grow to be as large as 20 Kilogram as they love to eat and are known to be greedy with their food.


Cod fish fill the waters of the beaches around the coast, especially the British Isles. During the winter season, it’s best to fish the southern coastal waters, however, they can be caught throughout the year in the northern waters. Cod can be found throughout the British Isle’s shoreline. They are far more plentiful throughout the South Scotland shores.

World Record

Whitby is known as the cod capital of the UK. In 1992, a record cod fish of 26.3 Kilogram and 198gr was caught there. The fish was caught from Stu Johnson’s boat Sea Trek. Both boat and shore fishing are popular in Whitby.

Novice Fishermen

For those first-time cod fishermen, it’s best to go boat fishing. Special packages are offered through resorts and harbours. Both tackle and bait are often included. Such an excursion can be the best way to get the full experience of cod fishing in the sea for the first time. There will be skippers there to offer advice and help walk the fishermen through each step.


Both lugworm and ragworm are popular bait used for cod fishing. However, peeler crab is often recommended as the best kind of bait for catching cod. Bait can be purchased at tackle shops or dug up as fresh bait. However, it’s important to dig carefully, watching out for king ragworms, which look like huge centipedes and can grow as long as 60 centimetres. Their bites can be extremely painful, as they have retractable pincers inside their mouths.

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