Micro metal is a fun technique to target Sand Smelt, but the key is tuning your metal jig with the appropriate sized assist hooks. More
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.
With the Cornish Lure Festival cancelled for 2017, Dan, Chris and myself decided to fish it anyway! And so we began our lure-only species hunt around Cornwall for a few days. More
Adam Kirby Gallery, July 0 ballan wrasse, black goby, corkwing wrasse, cornish lure festival, cornwall, cuckoo wrasse, cuttlefish, dragonet, flounder, giant goby, goldsinny wrasse, lesser weever, long spined sea scorpion, mackerel, pollack, rock cook wrasse, rock goby, sand smelt, sandeel, shanny, species hunt, tompot blenny, turbot, wrasse
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.
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A 90 minute Night Game session at Poole Quay resulted in some good fun with the local Pollack population. All fish were caught in the top third of the water column. A couple of big Smelt even managed to inhale the size 8.
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.
Weymouth, you excelled yourself! What an amazing venue for a species hunt. Competitors managed 17 species in 8 hours of fishing. Without bait. That’s ridiculous! More
Adam Kirby August, Gallery 0 ballan wrasse, black bream, black goby, british lure angling championships, competition, corkwing wrasse, goldsinny wrasse, leopard spotted goby, pollack, pouting, rock goby, sand smelt, shanny, species hunt, tompot blenny, weymouth, whiting