The dominant species of flat fish from Poole are plaice which can be
caught from March to Noverber, with the spring and autumn being the most
productive. We normally fish for plaice by drifting close inshore over
sand and mussel beds, ragworm being the favoured bait best fished
running ledger stile behind a spoon and multiple beads.
Dabs don't seem to be as abundant as they once
were but are normally caught in the same way as plaice. The plaice
grounds also hold dover sole, but being nocturnal must be fished for at
night at anchor with ultra light tackle. Brill and turbot are rarer and
are normally only caught by accident when fishing for rays and some
times when plaice fishing.
Poole is also famous for its flounders, they
can be fished for in the harbour from the end of October to January and
then again March and April this can be a good standby for the light
line enthusiast. Flat fish are another fish I wouldn't put back so I don't expect you to,
except maybe flounders
Use ragworm tipped with a small piece of raw
Have a look below at some of the flat fish caught, hover over the image to see a larger picture.