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Plaice Sea Fishing Holidays

Plaice are a cold saltwater species, although they are usually small they are aggressive predators and will take most of the common sea fishing baits. Although not normally a species that anglers travel to target alone, they are a welcome change and great species to catch on light tackle on many of our sea fishing destinations. Plaice are also considered to be great eating fish.

Hosted Giant Halibut Fishing | Havoysund | North Norway

A great fully hosted trip to the World famous Havoysund. Truly an outstanding place in Norway with it being the most northerly part of Norway you can get to, you will agree with us that the fishing is World class. It is mainly known for the outstanding Halibut fishing on offer and is ideal for single anglers wanting to experience Norway... Read more

  Category: Hosted Fishing, Sea Fishing, Hosted Sea Fishing
   Season: April to September

Halibut & Cod Fishing | Vesterålen | North Norway

Welcome to Vesterålen located in the north of Norway surrounded by some of the most stunning landscape Norway has to offer. Known locally as the 'Kingdom of the Whales' it is home to a huge population of different species of Whales. This stunning Island is north of the world famous Lofoten Islands and the Arctic circle and benefits from the same amazing fishing opportunities... Read more

  Category: Fishing Holidays, Sea Fishing
   Season: April to September

Hosted Sea Fishing | Vesterålen | North Norway

We are extremely pleased to be able to offer you yet another fantastic opportunity to fish this part of the world as a single angler or small group and would like to welcome you to Vesterålen. Located in the north of Norway surrounded by some of the most stunning landscape Norway has to offer. This destination is an excellent area for a mixed species trip... Read more

  Category: Fishing Holidays, Sea Fishing, Hosted Sea Fishing
   Season: April to September

Additional Information

Name: Plaice

Also known as: European Plaice

Scientific Name: Pleuronectes platessa

Description: The characteristics of the common Plaice ranges from a dark green to dark brown back with irregularly distributed orange spots and the underside is pearly white. The skin is smooth with small scales and they are able to adapt their colours to match their environment, but the orange spots always remain.

Average Size: Plaice have been caught ranging from 0.5lb to over 14lb but an average would be 3lb.

Where to catch: The range for the European Plaice is huge and they can be found off all coasts including the Barents Sea, the Mediterranean, the Northeast Atlantic and off Greenland. Some of the most popular destinations are in Norway. The grounds where Plaice can be found vary from clean smooth sandy bottoms to muddy grounds and usual depths of 5 – 50m. The smaller of the species can be caught from very shallow inshore waters.

Fishing Methods: The normal method to target Plaice is to fish with bait from strips of Mackerel to whole prawns. The rigs normally consist of Size 1 long shank hooks on a range of different traces depending on the tide, range and system you are using. You do not have to have the baited hook tight to the bottom, Plaice are aggressive hunters and will move off the substrate in order to secure a meal.

  • Pimp your rig – Plaice love bling such as beads, spoons and other attractors are worth using to increase your chances. Adding movement and visual stimulus to your bait is important, these guys are visual hunters.
  • Flowing trace – Use as lighter lead as possible to allow your end gear to move around in the tide and currents.
  • Pulley rig –This is a simple rig and it allows for powerful long casts. It also helps in hooking the fish as the weight is connected directly to the weight.
  • Multiple hook paternoster – Any combination ie 2 up and 1 down will work. Some people prefer wide white booms as they create movement when they are caught by the current giving life to the bait. It is really up to you.
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