Ling

Ling

Ling tend to feed off the seabed but will hunt prey into mid water and occasionally into the upper waters.
Ling are long fish often a olive green in colour but can also vary into hues of brown, they have long dorsal fins and most fins are lined with a white edge.
When handling ling be careful as the mouth is line with strong sharp teeth.
Ling is also a good table fish being a member of the cod family it is packed full of lovely white meat!

Rigs:
Running ledger rig: 80lb rig body & 80-100lb 3ft hook length with 6/0 - 8/0 hooks.

Clipped down paternoster: 80lb rig body & 80-100lb 3ft hook length with 6/0 – 8/0 hooks.

Pulley dropper: 80lb rig body & 80-100lb 3ft hook length with 6/0 – 8/0 hooks.

Baits:
Mackerel: Whole mackerel with the tail chopped off scoring the sides is an option as well.

Herring: Whole herring with the tail chopped off scoring the sides is an option as well.

Pouting: A whole pouting with the tail chopped off. Hook the hook through the flank and whip with elastic as well half way down the body.
Or hook up through the mouth and out then into the back of the skull and back out and whip the hook into place.

Squid: Whole large squids bait elastic wrapped to squeeze out scent you can also chop the tip of the mantle off to get scent flushing through it.

Live Bait: Live pouting or Joey mackerel hooked in the bottom jaw up through the top leaving a clear hooking point.


Grounds:
Ling will normally inhabit deeper waters but will feed mainly where there are shoals of smaller fish fishing near wrecks is always a good as is fishing a channel or deep recess in the seabed.