Coalfish are known as the less common cousin of the Pollack and are distinguished from their cousins by the white lateral line over darker skin. It’s a little confusing, because pollack have a dark lateral line, and coalfish have a light one. These fish are commonly caught at night time over rough ground and are more commonly caught offshore over wrecks. They are more common inshore the further north you go, with few Coalfish caught in the Southwest except from boats.
These fish are best targeted over rough ground with baits like squid or mackerel. They are partial to classic paddle-tail lures.
Like Pollack, Coalies love to hit lures OTD, meaning when they are on the drop through the water column.
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