Monthly Archives: February 2016

How To Catch Plaice

When– The plaice becomes a targetable species in the spring when it moves inshore having spawned during the winter months. The fish are generally thin but numbers can be high and sport hectic

Where– These attractive flatfish prefer sea beds of sand, shale and mud where they feed upon marine worms and shell fish.


How-Being a visual feeder, it is essential to fish when the water is crystal clear and many anglers add attractors in the form of coloured beads, sequins and rattles to tempt a fish to the baited hook(s). Top plaice traces include 3 hook clip downs and up and over flowing traces. Hook size should be around a size #2 and baited with ragworm, lug worm or in some area’s a long thin strip of squid. The use of a plain lead will allow the tide to trundle the trace along the sea bed and cover some ground in the process.


How To Catch Thornback Rays

Thornback rays are becoming more and more wide spread with fish easily targetable across many regions in the south of the UK.

Feeding on a diet of crustaceans, shrimps, small fish and marine worms they are often found over sandy, gravelly, or in particular muddy sea beds.

Standard beach tackle consisting of a 4-8oz rod and medium sized multiplier reel is all that is required. A pulley rig or fixed paternoster carrying 4/0 hooks will suffice and the bait of choice should be relevant to the venue. Bristol Channel thornbacks are very forthcoming to squid, yet in the estuaries of the south hams a live prawn bait can be deadly.