The last two weeks has seen me dust off my LRF gear and with the last week off work I had nothing better to do than drive my truck around off road and go fishing...life isn't that bad.
My first stop was Fowey and as reported in my last blog I had a couple of flounder. The way these things fight have got me searching for more. I brought my search closer to home. Every year good size flounder are caught within a mile of my house. Some of the ground isn't the cleanest for lure fishing so I searched for some cleaner ground.
I'm pleased to say I found it and with my trusty GL Finezza in hand it was time to see if there were any flounder down there. Okay, so things didn't go to plan but that's fishing, two hours passed and not a single fish landed by myself. Ben had only managed a sand goby and with us both loosing the will to live I switched to a dropshot rig and Ben stuck with a split shot carolina rig. Working our lures close to the weed line with both managed a single corkwing.
Time was ticking on and we both agreed the fishing was rubbish and it was time to head home. On the walk back we saw a lonely bass sulking under a boat. Ben cast to it and it was interested but then I spotted a large flounder of about 30-40cm and the bass was soon forgotten about. I ran round to get into a better position and in the process spooked two more large flatfish.
I would usually use a split shot rig and very slowly bounce bottom but I was so excited and desperate to get a lure out there I stuck with the dropshot. This proved to be the best bit a laziness I could have done. Watching the dropshot in the shallow water made it clear to see why I caught first cast. The puff of sand kicked up by the weight just excited the flounder and I was getting takes every single cast. To put it in perspective Ben fished the split shot rig along side me and in the short time we were there I had 7 and Ben had 1. We were using the same lure and fishing a very similar retrieve.
Is dropshot the way forward for flatfish? My theory is the puff of sand is greater with a dropshot attracting the fish but also it holds the lure just off the bottom slightly higher than the fish and considering their eyes are on top of their heads this means they can also see the lure for longer.
Ben also managed some of the biggest dragonets I have ever seen. Now if anyone can help with the identification of these flatfish I would really appreciate it. The one above was completely smooth with no rough line or rough patches on it's head. It was also a different shape to the flounder. After looking online I was leaning towards a dab but I am more than happy to be proved wrong or right.
The flounder above was about as big as they came despite seeing a fare few bigger fish there. Don't get me wrong every single one was a welcome sight. I will definitely be heading back and trying again maybe use some bigger lures and hope to pick out the bigger fish.
The last fish I'd like your thoughts on I suspect is a plaice. It had a smooth body and no rough linear line but did have the rough patches on it's head. It also had some faint orange spots and again was a slightly different shape to the flounder.
If my identifications are correct then in about an hour I landed three flounder, three dab and a plaice. Whether my identifications are right or not I was well happy with what started off as a shocking session. Oh nearly forgot I also had my first ever lesser weever and not just one I managed four on the same rig.
One finial note that you still have a week or two to enter the draw for some free soft plastics. I will be announcing the results in a blog soon.
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