Distinguishing features: The plaice is a typical round bodied, right eyed flatfish. The upper side is a sandy brown with prominent red or orange spots. The underside is a pearlescent white. There is a line of boney knobs between the upper edge of the gill cover and the eyes.
Size: Plaice can grow to a weight in excess of 7 kg but itâ€™s more likely that the angler will take fish around the kilo mark from the boat and half that from the shore.
Distribution: Plaice like sandy sea beds but will also inhabit muddy and gravel areas. While it will be found in depth down to 200 metres itâ€™s most common from 10 to 50 metres.
Food: Plaice feed on a wide range of bottom living organisms including crustaceans, worms, sandeel and molluscs. They have a habit if nipping the spouts off shellfish such as razorfish.
Baits: Worms, rag, lug and white rag, are generally the first choice for the angler targeting plaice. A particular favourite is ragworm with a long thin strip of squid on the bend of the hook, a parcel of peeler crab is sometimes used at the head of the cocktail. In certain areas mackerel strip can be effective.