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    Default Catching sole on fly common?

    Hello to the forum.
    On a recent visit to the Port Alfred erea,I caught two sole while fishing for Mullet.I caught the first one in mid-morning and the second one in the afternoon.Do sole readily take flies?

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    Hi Halfstone,

    A buddy of mine picked up a big sole at Struisbaai on a clouser in the surf. It had a whole bloodworm in its stomach. I don't know much about their feeding habits, but taking its shape, I'm sure it should be some sort of ambush predator/bottom sucker krokenosterfant gedoente.

    Im also not sure if this was a West coast or East coast sole, being at the Southern most tip of Africa the fish was probably a bit confused himself.

    Cheers,

    Philip

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    Hi Phillip
    It must have been quite a big sole to take a Clouser.I caught both sole in 4-6 foot of water on a river with a home-made fly ( two 3mm & three 2.5mm beads stacked behind each other with a pearl-crystal flash tail).
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    I've caught 2 sole in the transkei on small crazy charlies in the waves. I think they readily take a fly fished along the bottom. Awesome fish!

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    A guy here told me he catches flounder regularly on fly. He stalks them in the shallows in estuaries. The fly he uses is basically a small clouser but istead of bucktail he uses red marabou. I imagine that this would workfor sole too.

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    Hi Kevin, I've caught quite a few flounder on fly in UK (Chichester harbour), also in various estuaries in Port Phillip Bay, Melbs. Non-fly fishers used to use a small Mepps type spoon with a long baithook with a piece of ragworm attached as well (precursor to dropshot??!!...) Crazy Charlies and small baitfish imitations work well. In Oz I often caught them incidentally when targetting flathead and the like

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    While living in the Albany area we had some hilarious nights .. wading around in the surf (near rocks) .. wielding "soling forks" ... in a brandy-induced haze!! ... often resulted in impaled feet!!

    (but the few sole we got really tasted GOOD!!!)
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    Were they the soles on your impaled shoes (sole thermidor??) or the fish ones that tasted so good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris williams View Post
    Were they the soles on your impaled shoes (sole thermidor??) or the fish ones that tasted so good?
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    I have also caught Sole in Durban Bay on a Maxis Dogs Breakfast.

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