31 Aug 2009

Fish species in Runswick Bay.

Sunday saw the annual Runswick Bay fishing contest. 16 boats took part and went after mid-water and bottom-feeding species with a variety of baits, feathers and pirks.

The species brought up for the weigh in were cod (Gadus morhua), whiting (Merlangius merlangus), mackerel (Scomber scombrus), pollock (Pollachius pollachius), a solitary gurnard (Eutrigla gurnadus) and a rather lovely ballan wrasse (Labrus bergylta), which despite having my camera I somehow managed not to photograph.

Shore anglers say that they regularly catch sea bass from the beach. There are also greater weever fish in the bay: a kayak angler was stung by one, became too disorientated to paddle and needed rescuing by the Rnswick Bay Rescue Boat.

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