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Posted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:58 am
by moodling
Does any1 no if it is possible to catch monkfish round the eastcoast from a boat. going out in a couple of weeks and would really like to catch1. Also any rig and bait tips for all species would be welcome. Thank you

Posted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:41 am
by edwards73
not to sure about monkfish, rigs would be a normal running ledger rig with about an 8/9oz weight with a 3/4ft snood but then it would depend where abouts your going to be fishing and what fish the skipper will target, as baits would be squid, mackeral some peelers and mayb a few rag worm, but as i say it will all depend where you go

good luck on your trip

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:18 am
by moodling
cheers mate, will let you know how the trip goes when i get back from it. It is just out of grimsby we are going but the skipper has a 60 mile license so should be a good trip.

With a bit of luck i will be able to put a picture of my first monkey on here to

Posted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:57 am
by andy1_i
if i remember correctly from my trawling days,monkfish is usually very deep water,but not impossible off the east coast and in with a good chance,as they dont specifically hunt,just sit there and wait for the unlucky fish to swim into its mouth,use a wire snood,them teeth are nasty.

all the best


Posted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:31 am
by robc22
Monk is delicious!!.....tastes like lobster tails!!........

Posted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:47 am
by Iknowagoodplaice
By monkfish I'm presuming you mean the angler fish rather than the angel shark, also colloquially known by that name. The former is a deepwater fish and not likely to be caught angling (though I think there have been occasional captures). But the shark can be caught close to shore, though I have no idea where.

Posted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:49 am
by Iknowagoodplaice
Incidentally, the angler fish is heavily exploited by trawlers, so naturally, along with other species, is in decline.

Posted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 12:05 pm
by andy1_i
yep i was referring to tne angler fish "fake scampi" yes they are very much in decline,30 odd years ago they were discarded because they were worthless,the odd one was kept,as boat crews knew how nice they tasted then the tv chefs gotta hold of them.very delicious though

Posted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 3:24 pm
by gynewguy
Andy, interesting, I've been lead to believe that Monkfish is scampi.

Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:18 am
by moodling
Cheers lads i will let u all no how it goes and put a full catch report up when i return. Gotta couple of weeks to go yet before i go out so if there is and mor tips on catching these then any advice wud b gratefull. Also any other boat fishing tips would be gratefull as ive not been since sbout 2002.

Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:58 pm
by Madvern
Canvey Island holds the shore caught record

Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:33 pm
by moodling
what is the record and how far out do u have to fish for them???

Posted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:06 pm
by Madvern
Angler fish 68 .2 .0lb 1967 H Legerton, Canvey Island, Essex.

Its a long time ago since it was caught and I would not have a clue as to how and where to fish for them from the shore. I would study fishing books and alike to get a few clues.

Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:09 pm
by kopitecol
i also think a bigger one was washed up on canvey around the sixties as well.

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:51 pm
by andy1_i
gynewguy, scampi is a prawn like langostines,i used to know guys that could tell the difference in a taste test lol,i think over the years many people have come to call it the same thing. but to be honest i much prefer monkfish.