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I have caught them only occasionally and always as a by-catch when after mackerel, so not surprisingly only caught when mackerel are about. I have been trying to find out more about their migration patterns so I know when it is worth targeting them but because they are not around in commercially viable numbers in our area the scientists don't seem to write about them much. I suspect there are more around in the autumn and winter because that is when the sprats are around but there seems to be enough around at other times for some to end up being caught. Problem is they need tiny sabiki rigs and in mackerel times those rigs get ripped by mackerel. What we need is tiny sabikis tied to heavier mono. Looks like I may have to make my own.
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Herrings are a very oily fish and suffer from a lot of wind so look for oil slicks and bubbles.......
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they actually sound like   Russian subs under water
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had plenty in the solent amongst the mackerel. just need smaller feathers to pick them out. 
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Looks like a project for the windy weekend coming up. Making tiny lures on heavier mono.
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Definitely something to try...
List this year Gilthead bream ( again!), squid ( again!!) and now herring.
On the sabiki front how small is small?
All this talk of seafood is making me 😋
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You can make your own Herring rigs using Silver Butcher flies with size 10 hooks.  Better than Sabikis and can be tied in good quality fluorocarbon.  Other small trout flies will also work.  I have caught Herrings on Garfish rigs from the shore as well on Chesil.  A 6 foot paternoster with 3 hooks fished off the bottom would certainly work from the boat.  Use 12lb fluoro for the main body and 3 - 5lb for the hooklengths.  Best hooks are Kamassan B541 in size 10, they are spade ends and extremely sharp, they handle Mackerel and Gars so will be fine for Herring.  Bait with very thin slivers of fish about half inch long.  Small bits of foam above the hook will help.
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That's me out then with bloody. Fingers
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Ray no need for tiny hooks and tackle tow a bl--dy great big net around you bound to get some.
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Big shoals of Herring reported in and just outside Poole Harbour, so there should be some in the east I guess.
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