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Fishing with sandeel

Scientific name: Ammodytes tobianus

Fishing with sandeel 

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In this blog we primarily are talking about the smaller Ammodytes tobianus – Lesser Sandeel as seen in the Fishin Addict Sandeel Fly Collection. As you see in the pic this lure is extremely lifelike and would be an ideal fishing lure choice to run over large sandy areas with pinnacles of rocks in between.

Appearance

Ammodytes tobianus – Lesser. The most common inshore variety. Species vary in size but rarely exceeds 20cms in length. Elongated body with pointed head and mouth. Long dorsal fin which runs two-thirds of the length of the body, with anal fin running one third. Upper body can range in colour from yellowish to black or grey/green. Flanks and underside are white. Chevron pattern can be present on the belly.

Locating Sandeel Hotspots

They favour shallow inshore waters over sandy seabeds and can be found around beaches, estuaries, harbours and piers. All around the UK and Northern Europe as far as Iceland, over sandy and light shingle seabeds. Lesser sandeel stay close to the shore and are rarely found in water more than twenty metres deep. Harbour, estuaries and sheltered bays often hold lesser sandeel.

Misconception

“Sand eel” actually covers a whole load of different small fish species, all in the sand lance family. Despite their name, sandeels are not true eels and are in fact fish species. For this reason, sand lance (or launce) is an alternative name for this species. However, sandeel seems to have stuck and is the name that is widely used by anglers and the general public today.

Habits Understanding the Sandeel Species

Lesser sandeels are the much more numerous cousin of the greater sandeel. They feed by hunting very small fish and plankton mainly copepods, a type of tiny planktonic crustacean. Sandeel swim in large shoals and move around feeding from the onset of dusk, although at certain times of the year they may feed during the day.  Lesser sandeels prefers shallow, intertidal waters down to 20 meters. Sandeels are creatures of habit, often returning year after year to favourite haunts.

During winter hibernation, to escape predators or when not feeding sandeel will burrow down to depths of up to 50cm into the sand and sediment of the seabed – hence the name sandeel.  

Seasons
September to April. Sandeels mainly associated with summer fishing and do disappear from the estuary environment during late autumn returning around late April or early May. Even when the sea is at it’s coldest January and February one can find them along the shallow surf beaches.

What sandeel catches
A wide variety can be caught on sandeel. From bass and flounders in estuaries to a range of rays, pollack and wrasse from shoreline. But even dogfish and bigger whiting.

Fishing Techniques

Set up your gear and cast your line into promising locations. Allow the lure to rest then use a slow to moderate straight retrieve periodically slink it slowly giving it slight movements to attract the predatory fish.  If you are traveling through feeding bass, and you not getting any strikes, drop the speed even further. 

Consider sandeels seldom swim alone as they appear in clusters and fish often feed on these by the mouthful. Try fish two sandeel imitations at a time, by tying one to the bend of the other and fishing them in tandem. A deadly technique. However you fish it, you’re sure to find the Fishin Addict Sandeel a great addition to your arsenal of flies.

Fishing with imitation sandeel offers wonderful fishing opportunity for anglers of all levels. Armed with the right knowledge, gear, and techniques, you can increase your chances of landing a superb fish while enjoying the great british outdoor coastal waters. So, pack your gear, head to the nearest shorelinem, harbour or estuary, and get ready for an unforgettable fishing experience right here in the heart of the United Kingdom.

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The drop-shot rig is a finesse technique that has taken the USA bass fishing world by a storm. Recently it has started to be popular on UK waters and is proving to a killer technique for perch. A drop-shot rig will often catch fish when reaction baits won’t do the trick.

Steps

  • Drop-shotting is a finesse technique that requires light line, so use a spinning outfit spooled up with 6- to 10-pound-test line.
  • Using a Palomar knot, tie a small drop-shot hook onto the line, about 18 inches up from the end. Tie so that the hook stands out perpendicular from the line.

hook knot

  • At the tag end of the line, about 18 inches from the hook, tie on a drop-shot weight.

rig

  • Put a small bait on the hook. Four-inch worms, fry and grubs are good drop-shot baits.
  • Drop the rig straight down over the side of the boat or bank. When the line goes slack, reel up until the line is taut and the weight is on the bottom.

jig

  • With the weight on the bottom, shake the rod gently. You just want to wiggle the lure without lifting the weight.
  • A bite may be anything from a tug to a sideways movement. If your hooks are good and sharp, all you have to do is reel hard to set the hook.
  • Reel the fish in gently. Remember you have light line on.
  • After landing a fish, check your knots and hook and go back to it. On a good piece of structure, there may be several good fish.

Tips

  • You can make your own drop-shot weights by pinching one end of a barrel swivel in a split-shot. The swivel helps reduce line twist.
  • Fluorocarbon line costs more, but since it is crystal clear and has no stretch, it is ideal for drop-shotting.
  • Once you get good at drop-shotting vertically, you can start to experiment with casting out and dragging the rig back, and fishing it over breaklines and other kinds of structure.
  • You don’t have to tie a hook directly to the line. You can add a barrel swivel, and extend a piece of line, and hook approximately 2-4″ from the swivel