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Old 05 September 2008, 12:47   #11
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Ah .. I see.. ever get any Horse Mackerel down your way?, I havn't seen or caught one for years & I dont know why we dont seem to get them anymore
By Horse Mackerel, you mean a scad? Or that's what we call them, drab in colour with large eye's. Last time I saw one of these I was off the Needels a good few years ago.
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Horse Mackerel, you mean a scad
big dutch trawler targetting them last year in the channel-then they go off to Africa. Lucrative apparently! Which could explain why there are so few of them, or anything else for that matter, here. Lots around the dutch coast on rod and line-they get in the way of proper fish
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big dutch trawler targetting them last year in the channel-then they go off to Africa. Lucrative apparently! Which could explain why there are so few of them, or anything else for that matter, here. Lots around the dutch coast on rod and line-they get in the way of proper fish
I kind of remember them being nearly as bad as Dogfish or Pout.
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kind of remember them being nearly as bad as Dogfish or Pout
s'about right! Like the term " a good dogfish " a complete contradiction in terms, there's no such thing
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Doggies actually make quite nice eating once you're though that sandpaper outer skin.

I actually caught a decent sized Smoothound up in Pompy Harbour the other weekend whilst I was sheltering from the Westerly that was blowing. Was hunting for Bass on peeler, I couldn't believe it!
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Doggies actually make quite nice eating once you're though that sandpaper outer skin.

I actually caught a decent sized Smoothound up in Pompy Harbour the other weekend whilst I was sheltering from the Westerly that was blowing. Was hunting for Bass on peeler, I couldn't believe it!
Blimy that skin is tough, Ive never eaten one, what did it taste like?

As for 'scad' I googled it ..and it doesnt look quite the same, close but not quite, unless the google pics were bad uns, but what we refer to as Horse are just huge Mackerel 18 " in length with exactly the same markings but fainter in colour.... just curious as I havnt seen them in years
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naw doggies are a pain in the ****, won't eat em as a matter of principle. However first time I dived with one of the guys from a local club he spent his time picking up doggies, chopping head off and stuffing them in his goodie bag for the freezer. Bag was still trying to swim when he handed it to his other half in the boat. She wasn't impressed.
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scad are thinner profile, silvery with long pelvic fins and a habit of getting hold of pirks and feathers meant for cod. Different to tubular shaped green and stripey proper mackerel
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scad are thinner profile, silvery with long pelvic fins and a habit of getting hold of pirks and feathers meant for cod. Different to tubular shaped green and stripey proper mackerel
Wow .. I have never got a cod on a feather, they will only take bait up here, thats when you can get them at all
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Bag was still trying to swim when he handed it to his other half in the boat. She wasn't impressed.
Yeah those fookers do that,.. something to do with their central nervous system being odd.... usually after shopping ...anyway what was the fish like ?
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