Smoothhounds are one of the few species which are showing an increase in numbers in north European waters, probably due to the lack of commercial pressure and the widely establish practice of catch and release from the angling perspective.
Smoothhounds run big off the North Wales coast and the area is synonymous with some huge fish. Each year during early summer, Holyhead charter skipper Gethyn Owen is right in the thick of this spectacular action
Surdogs, or spurs for short, are not difficult to accurately identify. The upper body is dark grey, usually with a dash of white spots, while the belly area is white.
Holyhead charter skipper, Gethyn Owen has been busy catching big smoothhounds since the middle of May. Here he reports on recent events aboard ‘My Way’. Based on the two previous years, I fully anticipated a warm and settled April. But