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Everyone says it's easy to catch pollock but I have done TONS of Mackerel fishing and usually never catch pollock. I find they are good eating for fish and chips etc. (for someone like myself who doesn't like strong flavored fish). I wouldn't eat a resident of the Halifax Harbor but is there an area close to Halifax that I can catch some edible pollock and what do you guys like to use to fish them? Lures? Live bait? Dead Bait? Jigs?

Also what depth do you usually fish them at and what areas of the water do you find them to be residing mostly? Piers etc?

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I'm not sure around your area as far as spots to go, but as far as what to use. A mackerel jig or any flashy spoon will do really, as well as streamer flies. mackerel flies, and cut bait.

I don't fish for them a whole lot but I'll usually target them a few times during the summer for some fish and chips.

As with everything else it seems. They are not as plentiful as when I was a kid, which wasn't all that long ago, which is the sad part. Catching pollock off the docks over 20'' wasn't uncommon at all. Today you'll be lucky to find some over 12" it seems. most being around 10".

Again I'm not sure around the halifax area. but around here most wharfs, or breakwaters hold some pollock. Depths I fish are around 10-20 ft I guess.
 

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Hey Andrew,

Me and my buddy need to get some paint slapped on his boat, but after that if you want we can go from here (Sambro) and get some Pollock. If you don't want to wait we could try from the government wharf, and I also know a good place from shore that you'll need some rubber boots for.
 

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Yeah man lets go for sure!

Might have to wait another week or so, I can't really go in the evenings right now and next Sunday I'm going to 9 Mile to fish some shad but maybe first week in May we could go or if your work schedule changes and you are free during the day this Tuesday let me know!
 

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Pollock are one of the easiest fish in the sea to catch, even easier than mackerel in some cases. They generally stay fairly deep like their cod cousins but if you are fishing over a shoal or at dusk they will come right up to the surface. They are pretty plentiful but to get any big ones you will likely need to go offshore. Next time you are mackerel fishing with feathers just put a bit heavier terminal sinker on and let the rig hit bottom, chances are you will pull up a pollock. They are actually a nice fight because they tend to blitz for the kelp beds as soon as they are hooked and can really give you a few nice runs before giving up.
 
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