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    Posted: 04†April†2018 at 4:59am
At long last, the weather looks ok and I can get out on the boat....
Where to go?
Had thought about the herring but see others are struggling for them. Think I will try for plaice perhaps. Whatever I canít wait.
What are others planning?
See you out there,
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Likewise planning to get out on Saturday 1st time for about 3 months, not sure where to go, think plaice will be the target but will be more than happy to just catch a fish.

Good luck everyone
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We are out Saturday trying for plaice between Lepe and Calshot. Tight lines everyone.
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I have charters Friday & Sat - need to manage expectations!
Think I will avoid the Plaice Car Park in Hayling Bay.

Smoothies & Bream showing in nets (when they can shoot & lift them).
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Looks like plaice, bream and herring are all options so I think I will go with bait/rigs for all three and see what I can find. I think herring shoals move around more than mackerel so it is a case of finding them rather than going to any specific bait-holding marks. I'm still learning about herring!
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A good ploy for the Herring might be to try and find the weed lines on the surface, or weed and rubbish usually in the Solent.  These areas attract Garfish that target prey under the weed.  Herring food might be in the same place.  I will try it next time out.  You will often find dead cuttle on the surface in these areas to so worth looking for free Bream bait.

If you are going Plaice fishing try and avoid fishing downtide.  For the last few years I have found casting across the tide with short (8 inch snoods) blinged up (spinners and beads) paternoster rigs far more effective.  When the tide is not running to hard I use a pyramid lead rather than a breakaway.  This has out fished down tide rods at an average of 5 to 1 at anchor.  Some days the 2 rods over the back caught nothing but good numbers uptiding. I have stopped down tiding completely for Plaice now at anchor.  The further you cast the better.  Mono is far better than braid for this as well, especially if there is a bit of weed about.
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for plaice I cast and retrieve   like a couple of reel turns every 2 mins as for a down tider I keep bounceing   rig back in the tide   again every 2 mins   bait ragworm totally outfished the   black lug and tiger prawns last weekend
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Those are exactly the techniques I use if at Anchor. Generally prefer to drift if can get 1.5 - 2knts. Dome well on okay on frozen lug when had to use.Had some cracking catches July - October which is when I tend to target them. Nice & fat!
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Good tips there on the plaice. Herring feed very differently to mackerel and garfish so they may not be in the same places (although nothing in fishing is ever certain). Herring follow the plankton which drop to midwater during the day and rise to the surface at night. When we had that still night a fortnight ago, one of the charter boats was night fishing and the herring were surface feeding all around them. I have caught herring over banks in 30 feet of water and in the shipping channel in 80 feet so there's no consistency there!
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My theory is if the tide collects weed and rubbish there why not plankton.  All fish have habits but the Herring is relatively little understood in this country as an angling target.  We will eventually work out the key to locating them but it will take time and effort.  I might start researching movement of plankton in this area.  Someones probably studied it.

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