Starry smooth-hound, Mustelus asterias
The Smooth-hound is a true sport fish, hard fighting member of the shark family. Season runs from April through to August.
Caught from most areas that hold crab with a strong tidal flow. Shingle, Sandy beaches or reefs are ideal locations. If in doubt ask questions locally as to the location in which Smooth-hounds are caught, there are many known hotspots.
Hooks should be 2/0 to 4/0 Sakuma mantas fished on 40lb hook length. Mainline should be 15 or 20lb breaking strain attached to a 60lb leader line.
Rigs should be paternoster style or pulley style.
Our advice on rods and reels would be to fish as light as you can if the location, tide and weather conditions allow, 2.75lb Carp rods or beach casters coupled with a reel that balances your outfit. The lighter the better and enjoy the sport offered by these speedsters of UK inshore waters.
Always set your reel drag when fishing for Smooth-hounds as the bite is often ferocious, stripping line from your reel. Failing to set your reel drag could result in a lost rod and reel.
Peeler Crab of any variety will catch Smooth-hounds, voracious feeding fish that feed like a pack of Dogs. Although Crab is the hot bait in all waters around the UK, Hounds or Smuts as they affectionately known have been known to take Squid. However, if we could only choose one bait it would be Peeler Crab.