The Doric Columns
The Less Edible Fish
Lesser Spotted Dogfish:
the coast this mini shark has a very rough skin when rubbed from tail to head.
Known locally as LSDs, Doggies, or Blin' Lizzies.
Bottom dwelling shark, with a liking for
sandy, coral type structures, mud, gravel and algal areas. Found in very shallow
waters to 110m.
Bull Huss (or
Greater Spotted Dogfish): This is similar to the LSD but grows to over 20lbs.
Likes a rough or rocky bottom
and areas where there is algae covering.
Smaller member of
the shark family, with 2 spines on its back to be careful of. This aggressive
feeder will take fish, squid and crab
Bass: Showing all around the country from estuaries and open beaches (and power station outfalls). Very powerful fish.
around the coast tend to be smaller with the bigger fish appearing in autumn and
winter. Double figure fish are caught each year from shore marks. Boat fishing
on the east coast in summer can produce good bags of fish to crab and mussel
Saithe): Bigger fish are found over the many wrecks in early spring and can be
caught with feathers or fish strips. Smaller fish are caught right round the
coast throughout the year. Locally known as shitie sadies by Fittie Loons.
Hake: Elusive predator found in deeper water, can be caught from the boats operating out of the northern ports and along the western sea lochs. Sleek bodied fish with a mouthful of sharp teeth.
Mackerel: These 'turbo charged' fish appear in summer in large shoals around most of the coastline and offer great fun on light tackle. They are beautifully marked with blue, green, and silver flashes. Mackerel make great bait for many other species and are often the first fish caught by youngsters new to sea fishing.
Monk Fish - Angler English name of a number of types of fish in the northwest Atlantic, most notably the species of the anglerfish genus Lophius and the angelshark genus Squatina. The term is also occasionally used for a European sea monster more often called a sea monk.
Plaice: These flatfish have bright orange spots on the darker top side. They appear around the coast from early spring and into summer looking to feed on the abundance of crabs ready to moult their shell (peeler crabs). Look for shingle or sandy bottoms where the plaice will rummage around for their next meal.
Thornback Ray: As the name suggests, this fish is armed with small 'thorns' over the back and down the length of the tail, take care when handling them. Double figure specimens are found around the west coast of Scotland, and in particular in the deep sea lochs from both boat and shore.
Whiting: These little fish are found around our coast from autumn through the winter. Commonly known as whiting (or 'English whiting') is an important food fish in the Eastern North Atlantic, Northern Mediterranean, Western Baltic, and Black Sea. In English speaking countries outside the Whiting's natural range, the name has been applied to various other species of fish. Until the later 20th century, whiting was a cheap fish, regarded as food for the poor or for pets.
Turbot - The body outline of the turbot is almost circular. The upper side lacks scales, but has many bony tubercules. Males tend to be smaller than females. Breeding occurs in April-August at depths of 10-40 m. Females may each produce over 10 million eggs. The planktonic young move to the bottom at about 4-6 months, to inhabit shallow inshore waters. Turbot reach sexual maturity at about 5 years, when 30-40 cm long. Turbot generally inhabit waters of 20-80 m, on both sandy and rocky ground. Turbot generally inhabit waters of 20-80 m, on both sandy and rocky ground.
Scotland has a global reputation of providing the best quality and range of seafood. Nephrops, Langoustines or Prawns (as they are called locally and not to be confused with Atlantic or Pacific Pandalus Borealis) that are caught by Scottish fishermen and landed in Scotland represents over 80% of the global supply. Partan Crabs were also widely harvested.
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