Fishing for Sole (Solea solea): Bait, Tackle and Fishing Methods
The common sole (Solea solea) is too well known from the fishmonger’s slab to require much description. It is oval in shape and a dull brown in colour, with white underparts. The eyes are on the right side and the snout sticks out beyond the jaws, which are larger underneath than on top.
Ireland, the Bristol Channel, and the North Sea contain the main sole-fishing grounds. The fish are generally found over mud or sand, where they forage for marine worms, shrimps, and so on.
The best bait is probably a bunch of small ragworms. Mussels shrimps, lugworms, and razor-fish are also used.
Tackle and Fishing Methods
Very lightgear on monofilament line is effective, whether fished from boat, pier, or shore. Night fishing often produces the best bags.