The cod is a very popular and much sought after winter fish. It is under a lot of pressure by commercial fishing, and there has been a decline in larger specimens over the past decade or so.
They are most common during colder autumn and winter months, being the main quarry of winter anglers.
Fish under 6lb are known as Codling. They can reach up to 60lb in British waters, but present day commercial trawling methods are preventing these fish reaching full maturity and large specimen fish are rare. Larger fish tend to be caught from boats over wrecks, whereas shore caught fish tend to be under or around 10lb.
Larger hooks and big baits tend to be the best way of targeting this much prized species.