Sea angling in Scotland is usually carried out from:

  • The seashore
  • Aboard a stout charter boat.

Shore Angling
Shore angling is popular from beaches or from rocky platforms. Beachcasting rods of around 12 foot in length are used to cast leads of around 5oz.

Popular shore fishing baits include:

  • Lugworms
  • Ragworms
  • Crabs
  • Sandeels
  • Strips of mackerel flesh.

The south-western shores of Scotland are famous for their superb shore angling. In the summer months, huge bags of dogfish, pollack and wrasse are landed from the rock marks around the Isle-of-Whithorn whilst the waters of Loch Ryan can produce anything from tope to thornback rays.

The east coast of the country plunges into the murky depths of the north sea and is visited by many shore anglers in search of cod during the wintertime.

Along the east coast areas like Arbroath, Crail and Aberdeen produce many fine fish for those prepared to brave the winter elements.

Boat Angling
Boat angling in Scotland is varied and brings a taste of adventure for many anglers wishing to do battle with some of the largest fish to be caught on rod line from British waters.

The seas around Mull on the west coast are home to giant skate or barndoors as they are referred to by many anglers. Landing a skate which can grow to over 200lbs is a kidney busting encounter and a truly unique angling experience.

Moving to the north coast of Scotland, the Pentland Firth offers fishing for some truly awesome predatory fish; including Porbeagle sharks which grow to over 500lbs and the king of flatfish the mighty Halibut.

Apart from these monsters of the deep, lots of other opportunities are available to catch a host of lesser fish from many ports around the country. Using a 20lb class boat rod, a robust multiplier reel containing 30lb line and end tackle consisting of baited feathers the list of possible catches includes cod, whiting, ling, spurdogs, wrasse, mackerel, pollack and coalfish to name but a few.



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