Anglers have been travlling to scarborough for hundreds of years fishing for Cod, Haddock, and the tunny.
in the 1930s Big-game tunny fishing off Scarborough was a sport practised by visting wealthy aristocats from all over the world. The Tunny is a giant member of the mackerel family, a powerful streamlined fish and a good sized fish would measure six feet in girth, arguably the strongest fish in the world, with a fishing season mostly in August and September in Britain. In the 1930s rods six foot six inches long were used made of hickory, bamboo, lancewood and greenheart. American Ashaway lines of natural fibre were favoured. Mackerel and herring were used for bait on five inch hooks.
Often tunny were to be found near commercial herring drifters tracking the migrating shoals of herring along the coast, or near steam trawlers hauling their catches. Actual angling was done from a small boat, sometimes a coble towed to the fishing grounds behind a large yacht. The main reason behind using the smaller boats was to play the fish and the fish towed the small boat around until it tired.
Big-game fishing effectively started in 1930 when Lorenzo "Lawrie" Mitchell–Henry, when fifty miles offshore, landed the first tunny caught on rod and line weighing 560 pounds (250 kg). After a poor season in 1931, the following year saw Harold Hardy of Cloughton Hall battling with a tunny about 16 feet long for over seven hours before his line snapped.
Film Archive of Tunny fishing http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/tunny-action
The British Tunny Club was founded in Scarborough in 1933 and had its headquarters there. The Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus Thynnus) (or "tunny" as it was known in Britain at the time) is a large and powerful fish, arguably the strongest fish in the world, which is frequently the target of big-game fishermen. Off the Yorkshire coast in that era various records were made (including a world record) for size of tunny caught with rod and line. Tunny was present in the North Sea until the 1950s when commercial herring and mackerel fishing depleted its food supply and it became extirpated.
World War II interrupted fishing and after the war the technical developments in commercial fishing in the North Sea reduced herring and mackerel stocks and led to the disappearance of tunny for some time.
in 1954the last tunny fish was caught off the Scarborough coast and not a single tunny has been landed close by and the shoals of migrating herring never recovered from over fishing.
Before and after the tunny fishing angler targeted cod from the rocks, the drive and from boats.
in the early days anglers from the shore and boat used a split cane rod with a Scarborough reel.
Tackle has come on alot since then allowing anglers to get more sport out of smaller fish and with shad and lure fishing development anglers now can target large cod from the wrecks limiting the amount of unwanted fish.
Luckily for Scarborough there is many places to fish, most of these places we fish are Natural scars of rock, kelp beads, And generally really rough ground ideal for Cod and Pollock Fishing.
if you manage to get offshore off Scarborough there are many old ship wrecks, mainly ships that were sunk in the war, and some old trawlers. these wrecks can produce good Cod, Ling, Pollock, and Many other fish.