Questions and answers

When can you catch plaice in the UK?

When can you catch plaice in the UK?

Plaice are most commonly caught by shore anglers between March and September as they spend the colder winter months in deeper water far out at sea where they spawn. When the sea temperature begins to warm up in the spring plaice move into shallower inshore water and within range of the shore angler.

Where can I fish on a Solent boat?

Here’s our favourite spots for going fishing in the Solent.

  • Fish for bass in the Harbour.
  • Fish for white fish (cod, whiting, pouting) off Gillkicker Point.
  • Fish for mackerel by the forts.
  • Fish for white fish off Ryde Middle.
  • Bramble Bank – cod, squid, bass, ray.

What are the fish at Port Solent?

Port Solent is similar to Portchester Castle as it is a location deep inside Portsmouth Harbour. The big difference here however is the chance to catch plaice from the shore as well as the expected harbour dwelling fish such as mullet and flatties.

Can you still get plaice?

Plaice is available all year round, and can be bought fresh or frozen, and filleted or whole. There are many ways to enjoy this high protein fish, including pan-frying, baking, crumbing, and grilling whole.

What size plaice can you keep?


Species Minimum Landing Size
Horse Mackerel – Trachurus Trachurus 15 cm
Megrim – Lepidorhombus spp. 20 cm
Plaice – Pleuronectes platessa 27 cm
Pollack – Pollachius pollachius 30 cm

What size hooks for plaice fishing?

Always use fine wired, but strong Kamasan B940 Aberdeen type hooks. Plaice have small mouths and these hooks are the best design suited to the way plaice feed. If you’re missing bites and suspect these are plaice, then drop down to size 4 or even 6 hooks.

Are there sharks in the Solent?

“There are some very large sharks living in the area, such as porbeagle sharks and thresher sharks.” Thresher sharks can grow up to 20ft and are strong swimmers who can completely vault out of water.

What is a mark in fishing?

When used as nouns, fish means a cold-blooded vertebrate animal that lives in water, moving with the help of fins and breathing with gills, whereas mark means a boundary.

What animals live in the Solent?

Marine species

  • Marine mammals and sea turtles.
  • Anemones and corals.
  • Jellyfish.
  • Worms.
  • Sea snails and sea slugs.
  • Bivalves.
  • Squids, octopuses and cuttlefish.
  • Crustaceans.

Can you eat the skin of plaice?

Plaice is a popular fish with a good flavour and a fine texture. The white underside fillet can be bought separately and as the skin is very tender, it tends to melt into the flesh during the cooking and can therefore be eaten.