Identification Methods
The Common Skate is the largest skate and can grow up to monstrous proportions - can be well in excess of 200lbs! Brown or olive brown with white spots on its back. Powerful tail and a spotted underbelly. Feeds on the bottom eating crustaceans, and different varieties of fish including mackerel. Mackerel is best bait but don't forget to use a wire trace as the back is extremely rough.