The Sand Sole is a right-sided small flatfish that has a similar shape to the Dover Sole species of fish. The colour of the Sand Sole is usually a light speckled brown with fins around the entirety of the body from the head leading to a small tail at the end of the fish.
This fish is rarely caught in the UK and the exposure to commercial fishing activities is low with demand for this particular species also low from consumers.
Sand Sole, Pegusa lascaris
The Sand Sole can be caught from the eastern coastline of the UK in the ‘North Sea’, into the English channel, past Cornwall and Devon and in the Bristol Channel. The populations of this fish can also be caught off the south coast of the Republic of Ireland down to Northern Africa sporadically.
The Sand Sole can reach a weight of up to around 3lbs
Can reach a length of up to around 40cm
Sand Sole will be caught on marine creatures such as prawns, cockles, worms and shellfish. Worms are definately the best bait though – Black Lugworm, Ragworm and Lugworm.
What is the habitat of the Sand Sole?
The Sand Sole as you would imagine typically lives amongst the sand of the seabed, burying themselves in sand during the daytime to avoid attention from predators. As such, the sand sole is not typically present in rocky areas where there is a limited amount of sand to hide themselves.
This species of fish is commonly found in relatively shallow areas of water from approximately 2 metres to a maximum of 30 metres deep. The feeding pattern of the Sand Sole is similar to other flatfish, waiting for an opportunity to feed on marine creatures such as prawns, cockles, worms and shellfish.
As is common with other flatfish, the Sand Sole will also be present on mud and gravel beds, in areas that they are able to bury themselves to hide from predators.
What type of tackle should I use?
The best rod for catching flatfish
Flatfish will commonly feed not too far from the shoreline so you do not have to cast a long distance to reach feeding fish. A standard beachcaster, or even a light carp rod for when conditions are relatively calm will be suitable.
The Penn Rampage II beachcaster rod is a fantastic option if you are looking for a high-quality rod that will last many years. With a 4/6oz power, this beachcaster rod has the ideal sensitivity for targetting flatfish.
The best reel for catching flatfish
The reel that you use when fishing for flatfish does not matter too much, as both fixed-spool and multiplier reels can be used when fishing from the shore. The type of reel that you choose is entirely dependant on what you prefer to fish with. Here at Reel and Rod, we like to fish with fixed-spool reels and the Penn Surfblaster reel is a fantastic reel to use.
Top Tips for catching flatfishThe most important aspect of fishing for flatfish is to keep yourself and your fishing very quiet as they are a type of fish that are very spooky and can go off the feed if they are disturbed.
Top tips for fishing:
- Do not use a tilley lamp
- Do not shine your headlights in to the water
- Keep a relatively small amount of slack line in the water as tension in the line can potentially put them off
- When you get a bite from a flatfish, leave it! Leave the fish with the bait and once they have been hooked, they will usually go a little bit crazy… you’ll know!