But then that might have something to do with the fact that it is and always has been efficient at holding very well on a sandy bottom. Many of us believe that the hole in the middle tends to fill with sand, so increasing the sinkers grip and apparent weight, whatever…. "if it works don’t fix it !!"

The Watchlead is synonymous with Plaice fishing on the sandbanks of places such as the Skerries off Dartmouth and the banks off Weymouth. The charter boats fishing these places often have a bucket of Watchlead sinkers which you can buy from the Skippers on the day, because very few tackle shops actually stock them.

Rig the sinker with either a red Zip slider as shown in the picture or a KF line Slida of your choice, by passing the mainline through the slider and then a soft plastic bead, tying off to a reliable swivel about a size 10 or 7. Remember the smaller the swivel, the easier it works, big swivels need more force to make them turn.

From the other side of the swivel, a leader consisting of 6, maybe 8 feet of 10 to 15 pounds breaking strain monofilament or fluorocarbon is about right. If you are using big, crab based cocktail baits, which are liable to spin, insert another small swivel about two feet up from the hook.

Some anglers like to make this a three way swivel and put a baited dropper into the leader at this point. There have been a number of occasions when I have witnessed a double header of plump Plaice being hooked as the dual bait rig has passed through a concentration of fish.

Tradition is often based on fact and good practice and if this is the traditional rig for Plaice, then stick with it, because it works well.

Any questions to russ@reelfoto.com