When to Fish
Sea fishing can be done at any time of the year but the best time to fish is in the Spring through to Autumn on an incoming and ebb tide. Fish tend to be smaller and fresher in April but by September/October time, much heavier fish arrive in larger numbers. Recent reports of between 20 and 30 Flounders caught in one tide are not uncommon
Hooks and Bait
Generally, smaller hooks are ideal (size 2 and 4) although with larger bait a 1/0, for example, may be better. Any sprung rod or beach caster will do the job, however, the Continental long rod/fixed spool is becoming fairly common.
Recommended bait in this area is mackerel strips, lug worm, ragworms, shrimps, mussels, cockles and fresh peeler crabs. Because of the murky water, flounders wait on the sea bed and are attracted by both movement and smell. Lugworm or ragworm tipped with specially cut strips of mackerel are particularly successful here. Fresh peeler crabs, lugworm and ragworms can be found at Carsethorn and Southerness but frozen bait can also be purchased at the Glencaple shop at the pier.
Beads, sequins, small blades and even spoons, to be fixed above a baited hook, are often useful additions to the sea angler's kit bag.
Remember, BEWARE of quicksands and fast flowing tides. ALWAYS check tide times before fishing.
Flounder tramping is an old tradition which is still performed in the Nith by Glencaple at low water - a great way for all the family to spend an afternoon!