Monthly Archives: January 2016

How To Catch Flounder

Where and when – Flounder are found in shallow waters for most of the year, but are easier to target and generally more plentiful throughout the winter months. They feed on small marine worms and crustaceans and are often found in the estuaries and creeks of the southwest as well as many open surf beaches. Rarely growing to any great size, a fish of three pound would be considered an excellent specimen in most regions.

How– Light tackle can be used to target the flounder, with many anglers opting for a carp/bass type set up. A small fixed spool or multiplier reel loaded with 12lb mono or 20lb braid is perfect and the end tackle need only consist of either a paternoster rig or a running flowing trace armed with size 1 or 2 hooks.

King Ragworm, Maddies Peeler Crab are the top baits and the fishes preference can differ on each venue. The addition of colourful floating beads can aid as a visual attractor and enable the bait to be popped up off the sea bed away from crabs that would otherwise strip the hooks in a matter of minutes.FB_IMG_1453549449988

How To Catch Cod

When-The cod is possibly the UK sea angler’s favourite quarry. It moves inshore during the autumn months and remains a targetable species until well into the spring.

Where– Favoured marks are anything from rocky outcrops to piers and steep shingle beaches.

How– A standard beach casting rod and reel will suffice, though if you intend to fish over rougher ground it will pay to use a slightly heavier set up. A fixed paternoster or pulley rig should make up the end tackle and a pair of 4/0 Varivas Big Mouth hooks loaded up with blow or black lugworm is the preferred bait in most areas. Tidal flow is a key factor when fishing for cod from the shore so concentrate your efforts when the tide is pulling. Other baits of use to the cod angler are squid, herring, peeler carb, razorfish and ragworms.

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Joe McMahon with a prime cod