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Atlantic puffin

Atlantic puffin

Cuckoo wrasse

Cuckoo wrasse

Ballan wrasse

Ballan wrasse

Atlantic cod

Atlantic cod

Saithe

Saithe

Pouting

Pouting

Atlantic wolffish

Atlantic wolffish

European eel

European eel

European conger

European conger

European plaice

European plaice

European flounder

European flounder

Turbot

Turbot

Saithe

Saithe

Facts

LatinPollachius virens
Size130 cm
FoodFish
HabitatThe middle of the water column
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationNorthern Atlantic
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Get to know the saithe

The saithe is a large fish. Its streamlined body reveals that it is a fast moving fish. It lives in shoals. With its clear lateral stripe on its body it keeps track of the other fish in the shoal.

The small difference

The saithe looks like the pollack, which it is often mistaken for. But the saithe's stripe is lateral while the pollack's is curved. And saithe have a much more obviously forked tail and a tiny barbel on the chin, where pollack have none.

Meet a saithe in the wild

The saithe is very common in the North Sea, the Skagerrak and the Kattegat. If you catch saithe from the shore, you will have to cast a long way, allow your lure to sink, reel it in and jerk the rod simultaneously. If you are fishing on open water, you need a different kind of gear. Large saithe are very powerful. Therefore it is crucial to have a proper rod and reel of excellent quality.The saithe can be found at depths of up to 250 meters. It is often found near shipwrecks, large stones and poles.


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