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 Guide to Coarse Fishing for Beginners



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Split Shot
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Fishing Methods
Drop Shot Fishing
the Pellet Waggler
Fishing the Leger
Fishing the Spod
the Chod Rig

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Gozzer Maggots
Bread Baits
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Coarse fish


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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.

For 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.

If 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 here )


Most 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.

Prices I 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.


Fishing rod
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.

Fishing reel
Choose a 'fixed spool' reel. This will cost you around £10 to £15.

Fishing line
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.

In 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 lot easier.


Fishing floats

There 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 £1.50 each


Fishing hooks
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.


Split shot
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 the line.


Disgorger (essential)
This will be used when you catch your fish to remove the hook from the fish’s mouth. (price £50p to £1)



This will be used to check the depth of the water you will be fishing.


Landing net and pole  (essential)
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)



For 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

To 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)


Rod rest

To put your rod into if your waiting a while between bites (around £1 or £2)


Bait box or container

For your bait - an old butter container well cleaned out will do. Make sure it has plenty of 'small' holes in the top. (free to £2)


Bait  (essential)

There are literally hundreds of types of fishing baits. I would suggest you start out fishing using maggots (£2.40 pint)


Unhooking mat

Not always needed but in the interest of fish welfare you are advised to buy or borrow one. (from £5)


Tackle box

A 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!

For now a small plastic tool box or plastic container to put your tackle in will be ok.


Note: Tackle prices are from 2007


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