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Tusk

Brosme brosme

species ID tusk

Other Names

Torsk, Rubber Mannies, Lumb

Distinguishing features

The tusk is a muscular, solid bodied fish with a single long dorsal and anal fin which meet the tail fin. It has a single chin barbel. The lateral line curves downwards above the vent. The fins have a dark band and white edges. The body is generally a greyish brown or green colour with occasional yellow flashes.

species ID tuskSize

Can attain a length of over one metre and weights of around 16 kg.

British Record Fish List

UK Shore Record: 3lb / 1.361kgs – Qualifying weight
UK Boat Record: 15lb 12oz 11dms / 7.163kgs

European Line Class Record for this species

Habitat

It is a cold water species found mostly north of Scotland and up to the Arctic Circle and Iceland. It prefers water from 50 to 200 metres deep over rocky mixed ground.

Food

The tusk feeds mainly on crustaceans, small fish and molluscs.

Bait

Oily fish baits such as mackerel, herring and blueys make effective baits for tusk.

Lures

Tusk will take pirks and shads fished close to the bottom.

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