Offshore, Continental Shelves, Slopes, Inshore, Piers, Wharfs
2 - 5 pounds
23" - 25"
The Pacific Sand Sole is a small species of saltwater flatfish. It has an oblong body with a tiny pectoral fin and its rays are soft. The Pacific sand sole has a large mouth and it comes in a variety of mixed colors – ranging from brown, gray, or olive, with blotches of dark brown or black. This species close relative is the Dover sole.
The biggest Pacific sand sole ever caught was 5.47 lbs and lengthwise they can be as big as 24.78 inches. Anglers claim that the common catch for this fish is around 16 inches, but as of now, the average weight and size for this fish is unknown. The Pacific sand sole is carnivorous. It eats fishes, worms, crustaceans, and mollusks.
One of the best methods to catch this fish is by using a sabiki rig setup. Look for a spot where the bottom is flat. Drop cast your lure to your spot, wait until you hit the bottom. Once you hit the bottom, give it a little tug to make sure you’ve hit the bottom. Also, don't go against the current, always follow it to make your presentation more natural. Release some line as you wait for a catch. Then set the bail once you make your lure bouncing. You want the lure to bounce to make it more enticing for the fish. Once you catch one, you can wait for more fish to take a bite at your multi-rig.
For the equipment - use a light action rod of 6-8 feet with 2 oz banana weight. For hook sizes, you can choose between 6 up to 1/0 hook. You can also use heavy sinker lines to help you maintain that bottom depth.
The baits to use are smelts, anchovies, shrimps, herring, clams, and squid. The best lures to use are jigs, hootchies, and flies.
The Pacific sand sole is a saltwater fish that prefers to dwell on sandy bottoms with gravel surrounding of continental shelves. They can generally be caught in shallow waters of man-made structures such as piers and wharves. Their average depth is 230 feet or less, but they can thrive as deep as 508 feet. They prefer temperate waters around 68° F to 77°F. Their spawning season is from late winter through mid-spring.
Their range stretch from the eastern North Pacific Ocean - from Alaska to Southern California. Good fishing spots are in the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands. The most popular state to catch this fish in California. You can try places such as Redondo Beach, Trinidad Pier, Seacliff State Beach Pier, Capitola Wharf, and Santa Cruz Wharf. You can also catch them in Puget Sound, Washington.