Record Weights from rod/line:
A small brown elongate fish with five barbels on the head and an unusual first dorsal fin which consists of a single first ray followed by a fringe of vibrating rays set in a trench-like depression. There is no fin membrane between the rays in the first dorsal arrangement, but the second dorsal fin is conventional and runs the length of the body
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Abundant off Bridlington
Pier John Hopkin.
Their size ranged from 8-12 cm, all returned alive. Simon Nobbs.
November 2001. Single 5 Bearded Rockling (20 cm) caught in 2-3 metres water near Roker Beach Sunderland. Other small fish including coalfish and whiting caught in same session. James Thwaites.
19 January 2002.
Walberswick, Suffolk, Saturday
I was fishing near the harbour mouth when I caught a fish I hadn't seen before. It was long and thin like a cross between a Pouting and an Eel. It had a tendril on the top lip on the left side and a broken tendril on the right. No sign of any tendrils on the lower jaw but this fish did not look in A1 100% condition. The most noticeable feature was that it had a trench in its back where other fish would have had a fin.
This was about 18 cm (7 inches) long and had a fat/full belly. As it was lip looked and fighting fit, I put it back to carry on eating crabs, for without an autopsy, that is sure what it looked like its tummy was full of.
I caught a 5-Bearded Rockling off Cromer pier about 7 inches long on which I returned to the sea.
First year Blennies, Rock Goby, Sand Smelt and Common Gobies were abundant in the shallow pools on Worthing beach, with a a few (two seen and noted) young 5-Bearded Rockling that had attained their brown adult colours.
6 October 2002
With Indian Summer summer preceding some of the highest and lowest equinoctial spring tides for over 20 years was too good a rockpooling chance to miss as low tide receded to Chart Datum about 6:00 pm, just before an attractive red sunset.
A 5-Bearded Rockling discovered by Jan Hamblett in a shallow pool on Lancing beach was over 20 cm in length.
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Report by Jeff Hatt24 November 2002
I caught a Five Bearded Rockling 4 oz 0 dr, 24 cm, on Sunday 24/11/2002 at Otterspool, Liverpool. It was caught just before high tide at 12 am on black lug worm.
Caught 2 Five-bearded Rockling approximately 7-8 inches from Treslian Bay, near Llantwit Major, South Wales at low water. Both fish were returned to the sea.
Report by Chris ConnollySimilar Species
Caught by Paul
I've caught fish such as those illustrated recently around the Welsh coast from Cardigan Bay round to Holyhead.
Report and Photographs by John Mason