Rattle spoon vs silver spoon
(no! not the sugar company, a silver coloured spinner blade.)
Let’s start off with the rattle spoon, a flattie magnet. These clever spoons are a new device designed to make those bling–sucking flatfish hit the beach on the red hot, flat-calm days. If you’re one of the many scratching lovers then you will be stuck to this brilliant product by Tronix-Pro.
Rattle Spoons are basically a hollow spoon with 3 to 7 tiny ball bearings inside, commonly in neon or luminous colours. They are lightweight and will roll in the tide resulting in a rattle that’s irresistible to flatties, whiting and bass in the surf. These come in packs of three for pocket money. They are easy to use; just thread on (with beads, sequins, etc) between the hook and a bait-stop.
This product comes in one size and one size only, it’s about a size 3-4 in regular spinner blades. I found this a beautiful match to a size 1 to 2 Aberdeen hook, and a lugworm bait.
The rattle spoon is a good looking alternative to the silver spoon, but how do they compare? Here I used an orange rattle spoon shouldered by yellow and luminous beads, with ragworm hanging off the hook.
Silver spoons, they’ve been around longer than the hills and have accounted for some huge catches. They’re mostly associated with flounder fishing but can be a fantastic attractor for any beach angling scenario.
They come in many sizes from 00 up to a size 5, and are usually rigged up in the same tried-and-tested method as the rattle spoon (above).
The idea of the silver spoon/spinner blade is that it fools other flatties into thinking that a small dab or flounder is running off with a lug/rag worm. the bigger flatfish i.e. a large brill, plaice or turbot then attacks the spoon and/or the worm bait. for the smaller flatfish that almost everyone has a soft spot for will take beads and spoons because there a very inquisitive little fish.
In this test, I was using two size 3 blades, between a handful of yellow and luminous beads. Ragworm was the bait of choice.
Paignton harbour (in Devon) is a relatively quiet spot, but on the day in question a charity disco was taking place in a marquee on the harbourside. As the evening progressed, I am sure the fish could hear the noise from the bands (and the revellers!). My father and I were on the very end of the harbour wall, initially casting parallel to the beach, before changing direction and casting out to the open sea.
Initially, the two rigs were balanced in their catches; both silver and rattle spoons brought in a fish every three or four casts. Mostly scad (or horse-mackerel) with the odd Atlantic mackerel were taking the bait; the spoons attracting the fish. As the light faded, the number of fish caught actually increased, with more mackerel being caught. However, these were mostly taken on the rattle spoon; with the scad still taking the silver alternative.
We fished into the night, ending around 11pm, and having taken (and returned) a good haul of 15. We changed casting direction about this time, and (not knowing the area) cast straight into ‘snag-city’! We lost both rigs almost immediately.
If I were taking just the one type, the rattle spoon proved very effective that night, possibly due to the extra vibration it makes. It also has a good light-catching ability, with the edges glowing in low-light. They also seem great value for money.
6oz cannonball leads
Casting - great. Feathering - great. Drifting - great. These leads are brilliant for all things the sea-angler may have to face. They cover a lot of ground and they cast like a bullet. They are a very versatile lead and one to always carry. they are a great general weight for most of the fishing done in the UK. I would only consider changing to a grip in heavier tide runs, or in very rocky conditions.
Exocet Mackerel Feathers
Made by British company, Shakespeare, these mackerel feathers are necessary for anyone who enjoys these delicious fish. These feathers have a synthetic pink wing, a pearl foil over wing and a glowing bead to finish these fabulous feathers. This is a 5-hook rig that I have found successful for Mackerel, but also took Scad, whiting, and other smaller species.
These seemed effective on the first few casts, taking fish on every trip, but were very quickly lost in the same manner as the spoons. It was an expensive night out!
I saw no reason not to like the Exocet Mackerel Feathers, and I have no reason to choose anything else over them if targeting mackerel.