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see codcod,
member of the large family Gadidae, comprising commercially important food fishes. The family, whose members are found in the N Atlantic and Pacific, includes the tomcods, the haddock, and the pollacks (or pollocks).
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Unfortunately anglers fishing Whitburn and Marsden for the odd cod have found small coalfish troublesome.
Roker Pier has produced mackerel and coalfish, the River Wear producing mainly coalfish and the odd small codling and a few flounders.
The coalfish was tempted by a Gunnimak lure and the turbot by a flowing spoon trace using coalfish strip as bait.
The upper reaches of the Tyne and Wear have produced good flounder action, with a few nudging 2lb, along with a few codling to 2lb and sizeable coalfish.
There are still lots of undersized codling and coalfish but decent flounders - with some going to 2lb.
This was a mixed bag of Codling and Coalfish taken from Smith's and Walker.
Local names for coalfish, such as saithe, billet and coley also cause muddles.
Tyne estuary is fishing quite well for coalfish and codling.
Newbiggin Bay has produced lots of undersize coalfish and flounders.
The second match featured 25 entrants, with 11 weighing in four codling, three flounder, three sand dabs, two rockling, two coalfish and one pollack.
Seven of the top eight coalfish caught between 1971 and the 1986 record of 37lb 5oz were taken by Devon boats.
Good numbers of coalfish well over 1lb are appearing in catches.