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Reading articles in some old 1970's angling mags there is reference to a herne bay spreader, it appears to be a boom trace made entirely of metal. Can anyone shed any light on this rig. Is this rig still in operation? Is it any good? And where can I buy one or how do I make one, as I would like to try it out this year for short range sole fishing.

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when i started sea fishing they were used a lot, for flattie bashing, if you imagine metal french booms conected by the same guage wire to make a paternoster rig, you have the item. theory was that the volume of metal somehow attracted fish?.
 

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The spreader is mainly used in the boats for small fish ie whiting and flounders and is best used in small or no tide ,the idea is to put a small bounce in the spreader which gives your baits a small jerky movement which proves irresistible to fish .Although i have said it is for small fish it is not unheard of to catch bigger fish on it as well and at times cod and skate have both been taken on it.
Try Ron Edwards fishing tackle in Herne Bay high street he may have some left .
 
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