After carefully selecting some lures to target some flounder, I was keen to get stuck in and haul out some big girls. With an early finish from work on Thursday and Ben having the day off we were all set. A little worried that the persistent two days of rain we had might have pushed the fish out, we still headed down optimistic and confident. We headed to one of our usual spots and setup. I went for the more traditional jig head and Ben setup a dropshot rig.
Ben decided to go for some Power Isome in white and I opted for a Bait Breath Rushcraw Salt-Stage 2" in pink mounted on a 3.5g jig head with a long shank size 8 hook. We began bouncing bottom and some time had passed until either of us got a bite. Ben then shouted over he had a good bite. I walked over to see if anything developed from the bite but unfortunately not. Not to long after I got hit by what felt like a good flat fish that put a nice bend in the rod but only for a moment before she spat the hook back at me.
We fished on but bites were few and far between. We moved further up the river in the hope of finding more fish. Within a few cast I had a follow from what looked like a bass. I cast in the direction it went and three reel turns later, fish on!
A very welcome sight and a nice way to start the session off. We fished on to very little avail. We decided to head back to the first spot and try our luck again but another hour passed and nothing, by this time the rain was hammering down and we decided to take shelter and wait for the worse to pass. Once the rain had eased we headed to our final spot for the night. This time we weren't fishing for flounder but I think we would both agree we were secretly hoping for the illusive topknot. We then saw a small shoal of fish and in a flash both Ben and I were switching to a jighead. This time I went for the awesome looking curly tail from Tict in yellow.
First cast for Ben and our suspicions were confirmed, I was next to cast and again first cast and I was in. My first for this year!
We had a fair few each before things went a little quiet by this time it was time to head home and get some shut eye before work the next day. I was still desperate for a decent flounder so we arranged a short session at another mark for Saturday morning.
Both Ben and I had a very small window to fish Saturday, in fact just 1 hour 45 minutes. I again started with the Bait Breath Rushcraw but this time on a dropshot rig with a 7g weight using my trusty Graphiteleader Nuovo Finezza GONFS-76-842UL-T-AL Straight away I was getting rattles. I naturally assumed they were sand gobies pecking away at it. It wasn't long before I got a glimpse at what was pecking away, small flatfish and I mean smaller than my hand. After 20 mins I decided to down scale to see what they were. First cast and I hooked myself a small plaice.
We fished on and decided to have a little competition as bites were coming thick and fast and we didn't have long left. I soon went 2-0 up but it wasn't long before Ben balance the score at 2-2. All small palm size fish but then I got my hat-trick. Straight away from the first bite I knew it was a better fish. Second bite and contact, the fish rushed straight at me towards the weed cover and I just managed to react quick enough to keep it on top of the weed. I grabbed my leader and swung the fish in. I had just landed a Shore caught PB plaice.
The scores ended up 4 all but i'm going to claim victory as this was Ben's biggest. As Ben has always said "size doesn't matter" but I beg to differ.
On previous trips to this mark I have seen some right slabs I've always assumed were flounder but I'm starting to think they may well have been some nice 3lb plus plaice. Needless to say I'll be heading back again and again until I bag one.
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