Brill are a large flatfish that people often forget about or confuse with Turbot (Brill are elongated and Turbot are round) These days Brill are not so much a catch that you see from the shore very often, they are mainly found around the south and south west with patches popping up here and there around the country.
Brill are not fussy feeders and will scavenge on the sea bed from crustaceans and marine worms to dead baits as well as turn hunter for small fish.
The best time to catch Brill from the shore is in the spring when they come in for breeding and put themselves in range of shore anglers as they prefer deeper off shore waters.
Catch sizes 35cm /14inches.
Clipped down paternoster: 60lb Rig body & 40lb hook trace 1/0 – 2/0 Aberdeen style hooks
Up and over rig: 60lb Rig body & 40lb hook trace 1/0 – 2/0 Aberdeen style hooks
Pulley dropper rig: 60lb Rig body & 40lb hook trace 1/0 – 2/0 Aberdeen style hooks
Pulley rig: 60lb Rig body & 40lb hook trace 1/0 – 2/0 Aberdeen style hooks.
Lug worm: Just one worm over the hook leaving a clear hooking point.
Rag worm: again just one worm over the hook leaving a clear hooking point.
Mackerel strip: A silver slither of mackerel belly strip is probably one of the best baits to use.
Squid strips: Cut strip of the mantle for threading over the hook.
Brill prefer sandy beds or shingle and as they prefer the off shore waters in general you are best to fish clipped rigs and thin baits fished at range from the shore for the best results.