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A guide to coarse fishing for the
absolute beginner - page 2
The basic fishing tackle you will need for float fishing for coarse fish.
Where to go fishing.
safety reasons ALWAYS tell someone where you are going and what
time you will be back.
As a beginner try to
choose a stillwater (pond or lake) for your first fishing trip
with a fishing depth of around 6 feet.
you have angling friends they will know where to go fishing and
will probably ask you to accompany them on a fishing session. If
not, speak to the staff in your local tackle shop and tell them
your a beginner and want to go fishing You will find they
are only too willing to help and might even suggest someone who
will take you and teach you. (find a tackle shop near you
waters you go fishing to will have an owner or be controlled by
a fishing club. You will have to pay for a 'day ticket' (permit
allowing you to fish that water) Day tickets cost from £3
upwards. Remember to follow all the fishery rules, return all
fish to the water and take all your litter home with you. I
bloody hate it when I turn up at a fishery and find the peg I
have chosen littered with old fishing line and rubbish left by
some one who calls himself an angler.
The basic fishing
tackle you will need for float fishing for coarse fish.
have mentioned for fishing tackle are only a guideline. Many
bargains can be had from your
local fishing tackle shop and
online fishing tackle dealers
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Some good fishing tackle can be bought second hand. Have
a look in your local paper. Try and take an angling friend with
you when going to buy fishing tackle.
Choose a 'float' fishing rod of around 12 foot with a 'through'
action. (bends in a curve from the handle to the top of the
rod). A suitable 'float' fishing rod for the beginner can be
bought for around £15 to £20.
Choose a 'fixed spool' reel. This will cost you around £10 to
For the beginner I recommend starting with 3lb or 4lb monofilament fishing line. A 100 yards (metres)
spool of general purpose fishing line will cost around £3.
Ultima, Bayer and Maxima are good choice fishing lines.
The line needs winding onto the reel filling the spool to about
an eighth of an inch from the rim so you will need some backing
line. Ask your tackle dealer or friends if they can help out. If
not use some wool and wind this on to the spool tightly.
This isn't perfect but will suffice. Fill the spool with wool,
leaving enough room for the line.
order to minimize line twist during the loading of the line,
looking down at your reel, turn the handle as if you are
retrieving the line and note the direction that the bail rotates
around the spool. Most fixed spool reels rotate in a clockwise
direction. Now lay your spool of line on the floor and look at
which way the line will come off it (clockwise or anti
clockwise). If its clockwise fine if not turn the spool over.
Now from the top ring on your rod, thread the line through your rod rings
to the reel, open the bail arm
and tie the line to the spool of your reel. Now, this is the
tricky bit, close the bail arm and holding the rod with the line
between two fingers to keep it taut start reeling the line onto
your reel, keeping it taut, until all the line is on your reel.
If you can get someone to hold the line for you, it makes it a
are many different kinds of floats for different waters and types of
fishing, but for now choose a couple of 5 BB waggler floats. (in
case your unlucky and lose one) These will cost around 50p to
As a beginner a packet of barbless, size 14, hooks to nylon
(breaking strain 3lb) should get you started. Price around £2.
As you become more accomplished you will be able to scale down
the hook and line size.
You can buy a dispenser with a mixture of shot sizes (around £7)
or a tub of BB and a tub of Number 4. (£1.25 - £1.75 a tub). We
will be using BB to lock and weight the float and Number 4 down
This will be used when you catch your fish to remove the hook
from the fish’s mouth. (price £50p to £1)
will be used to check the depth of the water you will be
Landing net and pole
This is an essential piece of tackle for landing your fish.
Choose one that with a net made of safety mesh material which
will prevent any damage to the fish. (price around £10 to £15)
cutting the fishing line when you have tied your hook length to
the main line and also to cut the line if the fish is deep
hooked. (price £1? or borrow a pair)
Seat box or chair
sit on of course! If you have a seat box fine, if not a deck
chair or similar will do. Fishing can be a waiting game and if
your not catching you will get fed up and your legs will ache
from standing. (price seat box second-hand £15 deckchair £10)
put your rod into if your waiting a while between bites (around
£1 or £2)
Bait box or container
your bait - an old butter container well cleaned out will do.
Make sure it has plenty of 'small' holes in the top. (free to
are literally hundreds of types of fishing baits. I
would suggest you start out fishing using maggots (£2.40 pint)
always needed but in the interest of fish welfare you are
advised to buy or borrow one. (from £5)
tackle box is good investment if you decide to take up the sport
of fishing seriously and will be necessary to keep all of your
accessories in i.e. floats, hooks, shot, plummet and scissors
etc. Believe me, when you get into fishing its surprising how
much gear you amass!
now a small plastic tool box or plastic container to put your
tackle in will be ok.
Tackle prices are from 2007
setting up your tackle
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