Deep Spinning Sandeels

July 9, 2008 by  
Filed under Sea Fishing Methods

This method is as basic as it gets, but it is great for catching pollack in the daytime.

Basic Setup:
Light Beach caster or Carp Rod
Multiplier or fixed spool reel with 20lb main line
30lb shockleader – length depending how far up the cliffs you are fishing.

End Tackle:
4oz lead
3feet 12lb trace
3/0 aberdeen hook
Biating elastic
snap swivel

Ammo blast frozen sandeel.

Rig Setup
Attach the weight to the snap swivel
Thread the snap swivel up the shock leader
Thread bead onto shock leader
Tie swivel the end of shock leader
Tie trace with hook to the other end of the swivel.

There are other methods where you could tie the weight to the shockleader using a rotten bottom method, so if the weight gets stuck in a rock, you will loose the weight, but the trace hook and maybe a fish is still in attached.

To use the rotten bottom method, simple tie a few nots in the line with attaches the weight to the main rig, this acts as the weak point within the rig, as the knots cause frictions and become weak, when pressure is applied this is the spot to give and snap.

Fishing MethodHook the sandeel through its mouth and out its belly, so the shaft of the hook is within the eels belly. Wrap elastic tightly around the eel. This will stop the eel from breaking up when casting hard, and will generally last on the hook a lot longer.

Cast the eel, once it hits the bottom, start a steady retrieve and do not stop reeling in (this is essential). When a fish knocks, do NOT strike, keep reeling at the same speed, the rod will start to bend  and then reel harder and faster and do not stop.   This will hep prevent the pollack from dashing down into the kelp.

Cast into rocky areas and deep gullies. You want to fish where the kelp is as this is where the fish hide waiting for its dinner!

3hrs before high tide, to one hour after.
This method is best on a sunny day, when the sea is calm and clear. The pollack mainly feeds by sigh in shallow areas, so having a visible bait when spinning is half the battle.

This method is also used for wrasse and the odd bass.


4 Responses to “Deep Spinning Sandeels”
  1. Lee says:

    Hi Andrew

    Nice tip definately going to try it. Would it be good to try this off of porth and newquay headland?


  2. Andrew says:

    Yes, a good spot for this is Porth Island or Newquay Headland by the old lifeboat slip. Another spot is called Stepper at Padstow – I’ll be writing about this fishing mark shortly.

    I only have a good catch rate with this method when its bright and sunny!

  3. Lee says:

    Good morning

    Went fishing this morning off of Newquay headland and gave this method a go. The pollack eluded me but i managed to land myself my first bass!!!! It was only 1lb 1oz but hey made my day! Hoping to go to Porth tommorrow and try again.


  4. Andrew says:

    Oh great, well done. If their are Bass around try a few plugs…you may catch a bigger one :-)

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