Turbot is not normally regarded as a fish which anglers in Sussex target but thanks to the efforts of a couple of Sussex based charter boats it seems that Turbot has become a major target for anglers.
Now Sussex Angling realised this last season when one boat, Deep Blue based in Eastbourne started picking up large numbers of Turbot. We’ve often heard tales from the commercials about the numbers of Turbot landed in the nets along the coast but I guess no one really spent any time fishing for them – particularly in private boats. Now joined by Sea Leopard from Newhaven these two boats are leading the way in Sussex turbot fishing this summer.
Turbot need a specific fishing method and aren’t caught regularly on plaice or cod gear - they lie in wait ambushing their prey waiting at the bottom of gulleys and overhangs while the tide races over the top of a feature so the fishing method, although simple, needs to be specific to te fish (see below). You also have to be on the right mark and the successful skippers have spent time and effort finding the spots where the Turbot congregate in numbers
When all is in place the results can be spectacular and while there haven’t been any monsters caught there have certainly been a number of fish up to double figures.