The Sand Smelt is a vivacious little predator, most often found in shoals. While larger predators actively target them, the Sand Smelt is equally a hunter, albeit in miniature. Best described as pelagic, you’ll most often find this fish up in the water and often on the surface. Like a cat with a ball of string, Sand Smelt are helplessly attracted to quick, erratic movement. Consequently, methods like Jighead and Metals are best for these silver-sided minis.
Really feels like LRF is firing now. The water feels alive. Loads of mini sandeel and fry about. With it a huge amount of aggressive species. Good array of fish hitting non-flavoured lures. Nice to see the shoal bass have returned. Could this be why I didn't catch a single goby all weekend? Or maybe just out-competed by the wrasse.
Best of all, and what really gave me payback for braving the drizzle was witnessing ragworm spawning on the surface. I've only ever seen this once before and never as clearly as this. Couldn't understand why they weren't getting smashed by the Pollack.