Fishing Tackle Selection
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If you wanted to take up golf , selection of equipment will be simple ; you get a set of clubs within your budget, a few balls, and head for the nearest course. On arrival you will be charged a green fee and of you go. After digging up half the fairway and getting dirty looks (and derogatory comments on your ability or lack of it) the club secretary will tell you to stop playing until you have had lessons from the resident professional. The clubs you purchased with your hard-earned cash will still be suitable, after all a driver is a driver whether it cost £50 or £300. Selecting fishing equipment is totally different.

Fishing Rods. Fishing reels
A bewildering selection of rods and reels.

Do's and Don'ts

Don't buy a starter kit from a catalogue or superstore. It may be cheap and say it has all you need to get started, but 9 times out 10 it is inferior quality and will not enable you to catch fish.
Do go to a reputable tackle dealer, preferably displaying a P.A.A. Approved sticker. They can give reliable advice and supply tackle suitable for your type of fishing.
Don't expect to be able to set up and use your new tackle to catch lots of fish without proper tuition. As with golf, it's one thing to own the equipment, its another thing to be able to use it.
Do contact a P.A.A. Coach in your area, he is an "ANGLER". He has been fully trained, vetted, is insured, knows many local venues and more ways of catching fish than 99% of "fishermen" you see on the bank or talk to in the pub. Again as with golf professional tuition is a must, don't expect a friend to be able to teach you or your children how to catch lots of fish on many venues and with many methods.

Kit for beginners

Rods. A twelve foot rod of either composite glass/carbon fibre is suitable for most youngsters. If you can get one that will take a screw in quiver or swing tip.

Reels. There is a vast range of fixed spool reels available. most of those in the £20 to£30 bracket will be ok. Most come with two spools, a shallow an a deep. The shallow can be loaded with 3lb line for float fishing. The deep with 5lb line for ledger and feeder work

Hooks. Hooks to nylon in sizes 14 for sweetcorn and large baits, 16, 18 and 20 for maggots and punched bread. Barbless are required at most commercial venues and are safer for learners.

Floats. A selection of wagglers from 3bb to 3aa loaded or plain and the connecting adapters.

Weights. Weights are available in multi dispensers for the larger sizes from swan down to number six. You will need a separate pack of size 8 (small) shot for down the line.

Other items you should have. Landing net, disgorger (for removing hooks), bait box (I recommend 2 pint min size) and a rod rest (rods left on the ground have a nasty habit of getting stepped on). And dare I repeat it LESSONS

Useful items. A box to put your bits in, a comfortable seat and warm clothing. Wellies and waterproofs. Keep net Set of bread punches.

DON'T FORGET A ROD LICENCE IF YOU ARE 12 OR OVER! If you would like more advice on suitable tackle for beginners or local shops that can help, please contact me at Email:

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