Haddock

Haddock

Fishing for Haddock normally requires fishing into deep water where they feed close to the bottom they are a member of the cod family and have black spots just above the pectoral fin and a barbules on their chin, they have a brown /grey body and a black lateral line running the length of their body they also have smaller mouths than that of their counterparts.


Rigs:
2 Hook flapper rig, 60lb Rig body & 40-50lb hook lengths with 3/0 hooks.

Running ledger rig, 60lb Rig body & 40-50lb hook length with 3/0 hooks.

Pulley dropper rig, 60lb Rig body & 40-50lb hook length with 3/0 hooks.

Clipped down Paternoster, 60lb Rig body & 40-50lb hook length with 3/0 hooks ( for range)

Bait:
Lug worm: Whole lug worms threaded on your hook and up the line is the best standard practice.

Rag worm: Whole rags threaded over your hooks and up the line 2 or more at a time.

Mussels: Thread the mussels on your hook and load up a good few then whip them together to make juices ooze and keep them on your hook.

Squid: Whole small baby squids or you can use squid strips as tipping off the worm baits as provides a bright colour and movement as an attractor.

Razor fish: very underrated bait thread a few on and whip up with elastic to your hook length or mix with other baits as an extra smell additive.

Other baits can be crabs although peeler is the recommended type, other shellfish and fish strip baits.


Grounds:
With Haddock being more in the north areas of Great Britain and the west country they tend to be in deeper waters and over sand or muddy seabed as they sift through the sea bottom for their food. Deep water off steep rock ledges or shelves is ideal haddock spots