How to Fish for Pollock From Shore

by Nathan Fisher
Highly active predators, pollock are readily caught from shore.

Highly active predators, pollock are readily caught from shore. Images

Found in a variety of habitats, several subspecies of pollock (also spelled pollack) inhabit the colder northern waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A whitefish species similar to cod, pollock grow to more than 3 feet in length and are known to reach weights of more than 40 pounds. Prized for their aggressive feeding habits, fighting ability and flavorful flesh, pollock are easily caught from shore with a minimum of tackle.

Items you will need

  • 30-lb. test weight line
  • Medium weight fishing pole
  • 20-lb. test monofilament leader
  • 1/8-oz. soft body jig
  • 1/4-oz. split-shot sinker
  • Fishing pliers
Step 1

Tie a snap swivel to a 30-lb. test weight line, on a medium weight pole, with a triple half-hitch knot. Fasten a 1/8-oz. soft body jig to the tag end of a 10-inch monofilament leader with a triple half-hitch. Snap the loop of the leader to the swivel. Attach a 1/4-oz. split-shot sinker 6 inches above the swivel with a pair of pliers.

Step 2

Cast the jig into the water at low tide; pollock tend to feed most aggressively close to shore when bait fish come in to feed.

Step 3

Allow the jig to sink. Once the jig hits bottom, reel in the lure with a fast and steady retrieve. Stop the retrieve every 10 to 12 cranks and allow the jig to sink while counting to three. As fish will most often hit the bait while the bait is sinking, snap the rod tip to set the hook in anticipation of a strike. If a strike does not occur, continue the retrieval pattern and cast again. Cover the entire area of water in front of you before moving to a new location.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pollock are most often found close to shore from spring through fall.
  • Pollock live and feed in schools; if you catch a fish, stick to the same spot until you have taken your limit or the action stops.
  • While pollock fishing is open year-round in some areas, consult local and state regulations before fishing.


  • "Surf Fishing"; Vlad Evanoff; 2010
  • "Baits, Rigs and Tackle"; Vic Dunaway; 2002

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