Torsk, Rubber Mannies, Lumb
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.
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
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.
The tusk feeds mainly on crustaceans, small fish and molluscs.
Oily fish baits such as mackerel, herring and blueys make effective baits for tusk.
Tusk will take pirks and shads fished close to the bottom.