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Cod Record – Caught From Whitby

I was recently lucky enough to obtain a picture of the UK Record Cod. I had noticed there was no online record of the capture and so I went in search of a photograph and the story behind it.

The record for the heaviest cod caught in Uk waters is held at Whitby. The monster cod – a massive 58 pounds 8 ounces was caught from association boat Sea Trek back in 1992.

UK Cod Record

Above : Angler Noel Cook with Sea Trek Skipper Stu Johnston showing off the heaviest cod ever to be taken on rod and line in British waters.

Noel’s record cod was caught on a piece of ground in the inshore waters off the coast of Whitby. This was quite a rare occurrence as more often then not the bigger cod come from the many wrecks which dot the sea bed off the coast of Whitby. The capture of such a fine specimen so close to shore and the many great catches made before and after this one on the charter skippers association boats really illustrates that you do not need to go to the back of beyond to catch the real big fish at Whitby. In recent times cod to 30 pounds have been taken even closer to shore with several falling to light uptide fishing no more than 500 yards off the coast. Whitby really is the cod mecca of the UK.

By | 2018-03-23T08:49:32+00:00 May 30th, 2013|Boat Fishing|7 Comments

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Site Administrator Glenn Kilpatrick has a passion for all types of sea angling. Past winner of the Whitby Sea Anglers fishing club on 2 occasions, Glenn now mainly focuses on summer fishing with bass and pollack being his favoured target fish. Glenn now also prefers Kayak Fishing over any other type of Sea Fishing.


  1. Tony Tyreman March 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Well its a beautiful fish. Who would believe that all these years later there would be very few fish over 10 lbs swimming in the north sea. The Charter fleet at Whitby has a lot to answer for. Day after day for years on end they have taken boxes of fish from the many offshore wrecks. This fish and all the others should have been put back to continue breading the future populations of Whitby cod.

  2. seaurchinmick October 16, 2009 at 9:51 am - Reply

    Oh dear what a strange take on the fish stock decline around our coast but you are entitled to you opinion but please don’t preach catch and release on our site every angler who fishes from association boats has the right to keep legal size fish for his own use or release them as he chooses without feeling guilty of wrong doing what ever his choice

  3. Rich Ward October 20, 2009 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    It would appear that Mr Tyreman has no idea about the mass destruction of cod which the commercial sector has taken over decades. Does he not realise that the tens of thousands of boxes of cod taken commercially were from the rough ground and not the wrecks, the biggest killing times being during the herring spawning seasons. Before comment perhaps he should realise that the matter of a single fish caught on rod and line as opposed to the “Hundreds” of boxes taken by a trawler after a 4 hour tow doesn’t even bare as a comparison as to the reasons behind the depletion of the cod stocks over the years. If the fish aren’t on the rough ground in the first place how are they to even find the wrecks??? Also might I just try and get Mr Tyreman to imagine for a moment the % of cod caught during their spawning season ( each of them carrying hundreds of thousands of eggs ) January – March, by trawlers, when the majority of charter boats are laid up ????????????

  4. Tony Tyreman October 24, 2009 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    The breeding stock of any species should be left alone. Charter boats should not be aloud to fish the wrecks as this is where the breeding fish live. It looks like boat angers will soon be on quotas so this should help fish stocks too. Boat anglers have been guilty of taking too many fish over the years and now its coming back to bite them. Catch and return is the best policy.

  5. paul kilpatrick October 24, 2009 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Well said richard mr tyreman knows very little about what goes on in the north sea and about the massive destuction of cod over the years by the commercial sector they have tons of cod quota every year that is only what is landed on the fish quay but the discards especially at this time of year what is thrown back dead is nothing short of criminal we now have anglers onboats counting single cod to put in log books these clowns in brussels have really gone mad .

  6. Rob Quinn March 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Tony you are obviously entitled to your opinion the same as the next man. However you do not seem to understand what you are talking about and noe of what you are saying is based on fact !!

  7. Salted Cod July 2, 2011 at 7:28 am - Reply

    That’s one giant cod. Unfortunately that size cod is not easy to find in the North Atlantic.

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