Fishing for Turbot, Brill and Plaice occurs during the Spring, Summer and Autumn months and mainly involves fishing the famous Shambles bank and Portland Mussel Beds.
Other areas have been pioneered which also produce flatfish giving us alternative locations.
The beauty of flatty fishing in the Weymouth area is that all the marks are reached with a minimal of travelling time and this means to you the angler "More Time Fishing and Less Time Travelling", Anglers that want to fish from boats that target the Shambles banks and Portland Mussel Beds can do no better than to book with a local, knowledgeable Weymouth skipper.
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Turbot & Brill Fishing
Rods should be in the 12lb - 20lb class range and paired with a medium sized multiplier reel loaded with 20lb - 30lb breaking strain good quality braid or monofilament line, hook sizes are generally a 4/0 sized long shank good quality aberdeen pattern made by the likes of Kamasan, Sakuma and Varivas.
Traces, I generally recommend 5 feet of 30lb - 40lb breaking strain monofilament line. A second hook on a 6 inch dropper can be added on a three way swivel 2 foot from the end hook to enhance your chances.
Weights should be in the 8 - 12 ounces range and of the watch, bopedo and torpedo shape, I do not recommend the canon ball type weights!
The best baits to use are strips or fillets of Mackerel or Launce, although Garfish strips and live Sandeels can also account for Turbot and Brill captures.
Bait presentation is very important and should be "Long & Thin" rather than a bulk of bait on the end of the hook!
TOP TIP! When preparing Mackerel baits, cut them long and thin to imitate a sandeel and place the hook at the very end of the thinnest part of the bait (usually the tail end), pass the hook through the bait once only!
BAIT - If you are getting your Rag Worm in Weymouth DON'T FORGET TO ORDER THEM.
Rods should be in the 6lb - 12lb class range paired with a small multiplier reel loaded with 20lb breaking strain, good quality braid or monofilament line, hook sizes are generally a 1/0 or 2/0 long shank good quality aberdeen pattern made by the likes of Kamasan and Sakuma.
Traces are dependant on where we are fishing, when fishing the Portland Mussel beds we tend to use a short trace no longer than 24 inches in length and when fishing the Shambles Bank for Plaice the traces can be longer, Plaice are a very inquisitive species and feed by sight rather than by scent, we therefore use traces and rigs that are made up using visual attractors, these take the form of: coloured beads, sequins, blades and spoons,
Weights should be in the 4 - 6 ounces range and of the watch, bopedo and torpedo shape, I do not recommend the canon ball type weights for this type of fishing!
The best baits to use can be combinations of the following: ragworm, black lugworm, razorfish, prawn, mackerel strips and squid strips.
In my experience, the bigger the bait used, the bigger the Plaice caught!
TOP TIP! Don't lock the reel when your bait reaches the seabed, instead stop the spool with your thumb, when you feel a bite from a fish just take your thumb off the spool (free spool) give the fish sufficient time to take all the bait and then lock the reel and lift into the fish.
FOOTNOTE! I am convinced that the new British Record Plaice is here at Weymouth waiting to be caught!