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I notice some guys are listing shore rockling on their species list. Are these really shore rockling or five bearded rockling?
 

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it's easy enough to tell the difference, shore rockling have 3 beards and 5 bearded have, er, well....5.
If you put a shore and a 3 bearded together the difference is noticeable. 3bd can grow very much bigger than the shore rockling.
 

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Bungy,

Shore rockling are a particular species. Both "shore rockling" and "3 bearded rockling" have 3 barbels
 

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The rockling that I have been catching are a reddish brown colour, usually about 6-8 inches long. They definitely have 3 beards not 5. I couldn't be certain if their not 3-bearded rockling, but I thought they were usually much bigger and lighter in colour.
 

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i think .... shore rockling.... is just a general name.

the species are 3 and 5 bearded rockling. both caught from the shore.

i,m sure that there is actually more species than these 2 though.
 

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In British waters there are five species of rockling, the 3 bearded, 5 bearded and shore rockling are all quite common. Less common is the 4 bearded which is a deep water fish, and the northern rockling which can be confused with the 5 bearded, although this is a very rare fish. it has a row of barbels fringing the upper lip as well as the 5 barbels. Neither 4 bearded nor northern appear as having been caught in the Scottish record list.
 

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now i,m getting confused and i have caught hundreds of them.

gona need a picture to sort it out.

we get loads of the small dark brown ones up to 8in long locally and i have had a few heuge light brown/pink spotted ones off the rocks in north wales.

i never seem to count there barbles either. so what is a shore rockling?
 

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Just looked at the web site sent by capt,n haddock. What I have always thought of as a three bearded looks more like the shore rockling, Well done that man .certainly shows the difference, Still hate the little buggers though
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According to the books I have 3 bearded have markings such as spots and shore rockling are plain in colour. I know 3 bearded are quite variable and can be pretty dull in colour or bright red.

I would be interested in just how common they are and in which regions they are common. I fished a lot in Cornwall, Dorset, North Wales, South West Ireland and Sea West Scotland and I've never even seen one.
 

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All three species are taken regularly from the shore in S.W.Scotland, the two smaller species usually by dropping a bait down the side of the rocks. The three bearded I have seen caught have caught by anglers targeting doggies in mixed ground using mackerel bait or similar. Quite often both shore and 5 beard have been taken on clean ground, close in during the winter months.
 

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According to the books I have 3 bearded have markings such as spots and shore rockling are plain in colour. I know 3 bearded are quite variable and can be pretty dull in colour or bright red.

I would be interested in just how common they are and in which regions they are common. I fished a lot in Cornwall, Dorset, North Wales, South West Ireland and Sea West Scotland and I've never even seen one.

both 3bearded and shore rockling are very common on rocky/weedy marks in north devon.a regular bycatch at most venues i fish.

sorry about the quality on the first one, you can see the different colours of the shore rockling compared to the 3 bearded in the last pic.

shore rockling



3 bearded.

 

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That is an excellent picture of the 3 bearded, showing all its spots, marbling and blotches, and it also shows the mouth going well back beyond the eye, which does not occur with the other two.
 

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According to the books I have 3 bearded have markings such as spots and shore rockling are plain in colour. I know 3 bearded are quite variable and can be pretty dull in colour or bright red.

I would be interested in just how common they are and in which regions they are common. I fished a lot in Cornwall, Dorset, North Wales, South West Ireland and Sea West Scotland and I've never even seen one.
You couldn't have done much fshing near rocks in Cornwall then mate... they are pretty abundant here!
 

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To put a spanner in the works - whats this one then ?



This was just on 1lb in weight - caught last week ... I thought a bloody big 5 bearded as it was the usual dark brown colour and caught in the area (Eastney) where I have caught quite a few 5 bearded before ...... but

... look at this - definatley only had 3 barbs :g:



So a 3 bearded in this dark colour or a 5 bearded with 3 barbs :blink:
 
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