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Deadly for plaice fishing, ideal for all sorts of general bottom fishing along the south coast our Sussex spreaders have been specially developed for anglers fishing the inshore waters along the Sussex coast from Hastings to Littlehampton.
These vital pieces of Sussex end tackle are now available on line for just £7.50 for a mixed pack of 5 through Sussex Angling with all profit going to the RNLI*
To buy your pack of spreaders please either click on the "Buy Now" option below and use our Pay Pal option or you can go to one of your local tackle dealers and buy them there:
Anglers Den: Pevensey Bay 01323460441
Hook Line and Sinker: Bexhill on Sea 01424 733211
Aquamarine: St Leonards on Sea 01424 439866
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Spreaders are in use all around the UK but in Sussex we think we’ve perfected the art both of making and using them. A spreader is a double paternoster with a two hook snoods which run in parallel along the sea bed – either during a drift or at anchor. They need to be flexible and strong and yet provide enough sensitivity both to allow good but detection and not put the fish off by creating too much resistance.
The spreaders designed for use here in Sussex vary in width from 35 to 60cm and snoods should be no longer than half the width of the entire spreader. This prevents tangling and also allow for the spreader to work at optimum effectiveness.
Spreaders work the sea bed in a specific way when used on the drift. We’ve found the optimum drift speed is between 0.8 and 1.2 knots and this coupled with the correct length of snoods will provide enough lift to allow the attractor spoons to work.
End tackle and attractors
As for the snoods – that varies depending on individual preference – ask five anglers and you’ll get five different patters but after many years of trial and error we have found that two combinations seem to work consistently .
Green and Yellow beads with one or two small spinner spoons. This combination works particularly well when the fish aren’t feeding hard.
Black and Red beads – when the fish are feeding hard this combination seems to consistently produce bigger fish
Plaice are curious animals and will often follow attractors for quite a way before snatching at the hook bait, as a result these fish sometimes need teasing on to the hook and the best way is by letting out a little line allowing the bait to drop then when the drift picks up the line the fish will of then take the bait.
More about Plaice fishing can be found on our Top Rods DVD Plaice Fishing with Jim whippy. An update of this will be available later this year. For more click here.
Pack of 5 Spreaders £7.49
Pack of 10 Spreaders £13.99
Pack of 15 Spreaders £19.99
All costs include postage and packing