Q: I’ve heard there are lots of herring being caught locally by the bait anglers. How would you target them with LRF gear?
nEil masTERs, PlymouTh, DEVon
AK & DS say: herring fill the gap that the mackerel leave after the summer. herring are ferocious eaters and, because of their often vast numbers, will compete with one another for food. Expect lots of action if you locate a shoal.
i would fish for them as you would for mackerel. you will need to fish the water column to find these pelagic fish. Don’t keep your lure near the bottom unnecessarily. Paddletails and other small soft plastics will work if you can reach the fish.
if the herring are further out, it might be better to target them with metal jigs. another rig that is great for presenting a small lure at distance is the caro rig, but specialist items of tackle are required.