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    Posted: 05 September 2012 at 4:19pm
Hi guys, just wondering if anyone had any sole in the western solent? I am based in Beaulieu river (top speed 7kts) and wouldn't mind loosing the new boats sole virginity! 
If someone could recommend a rough area to fish i would be very grateful, i realise no ones going to want to disclose digits but if i have an idea of area i can steam about and find the features etc.

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The mouth of the river where it empties into the Solent is a well known Sole spot. Nightime only though.
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Used to get good numbers and sizes further down towards warsash/hillhead - shallow water so need to be very quiet, small tides, no lights and as Snowy says it must be dark (wouldn't even bother on a full moon).

Pete on here used to get good numbers just up Southampton water a bit, but I never tried there.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote billy the fish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 September 2012 at 10:23pm
Originally posted by sean.clarke sean.clarke wrote:

so need to be very quiet, 
 

that rules me out then LOL
if you have to measure it, its too small!!
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Thanks for the tips guys, i have no trouble with being quiet but unfortunately my crew always seem to be walking drum kits! 
I had heard the mouth of the river produced but never actually spoken to someone who caught them there themselves, it was always a friend of a friend etc so potential for embellishments! 
I will slip out Friday night and see what i can temp. Is best on the right or left as you go out, past the tripod of within?
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Turn left as you exit the river and sit on the mud bank in 20/25 ft of water. It needs to be cloudy and little moon light. Lights out on boat, short traces anchored to the bottom, tiny hooks baited with ragwork and patience.
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You need at least one light on the boat! Try a small weight at the top of the trace and one at the bottom to anchor the baits firmly to the sea bed where the sole will find them.
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Looks like a cloudless sky tonight but im going to give it a whirl anyway, thanks for the tips guys, i will let you know how i get on.
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Moons not up till 22.30, might give a slight chance of picking one up early on, then its a blessing for seeing my way back up the river at least
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Yeah thanks Pete - forgot to mention short traces.

i use swan shot on the short snoods - bats want to be anchored to the bottom. Size 2 thin wire hooks.
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