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A guide to coarse fishing for the
absolute beginner - page 3
How to set up your float fishing tackle
Setting up your fishing tackle.
Normally this would be done
away from the water so that any fish in the swim are not
want to be comfortable while your fishing so place your seat box
in a safe position near the water and position the rod rest a
short distance in front of it so that when you are sat down you
can rest the front of your rod on the rod rest and the handle on
your lap. Push the rod rest into the ground so that when your
sitting holding your rod the tip is just touching the water. Check
this when you have tackled up.
Connect your landing net and pole together and place it to the
side within arms reach.
your bait tub and everything else close to hand.
up your rod.
When you put your rod
together make sure that the guides (rod rings) are aligned. Hold
the rod up and from the guide nearest to the handle, look along
its length and all rod rings should be in line.
you need to attach your reel to your rod.
the handle of the rod will be two ferrules. Push these near to
the top of the handle and slide your reel feet under them with
the spool facing the top of the rod. Turn the reel to make sure
that the spool is in line with the rod rings. Slide the ferrules onto the
reel feet fairly tightly to hold it in position. Open the bale arm of the reel and
start to pull line of and thread the line through all the rod
rings and pull about 6 to 8 foot
through the top ring.
Setting the drag.
For the correct way to set the reel drag
modern fixed spool reels have a 'drag'. This is a safety
mechanism within the reel that will allow the spool to turn when
a certain tension is reached as line is pulled from the reel. It
safeguards against the line snapping. Depending on the reel, the
drag will be a screw device and will be either at the back of
the reel or the actual screw that holds the spool in place.
you haven't already set you reel drag prior to fishing you can
set it 'basically' using the instruction below.
tighten the reel drag device.
with the bail arm closed, take hold the rod in one hand and
fishing line in the other. Pull on line at an angle from
the rod until you think it will snap. The screw needs to be
slackened until the line, under tension, only just starts to
come off the reel before snapping.
Now to 'rig up'.
is the terminal tackle i.e. your float, shot and hook.
Attach your float
by threading the line through the small eye at the
base of the float. and slide it up the line about 4 foot. Using
a couple of BB shot, pinch one onto the line either side of and close to
the float to hold it in place. At this stage some anglers add
all the shot needed to 'cock the float ' (make the float sit at
the right level in the water with quarter of an inch showing - I
do this later) Now tie your hook to nylon onto the end of the
reel line (main line).
see here for knots and cut off the excess
mainline. About 4 inches from the hook pinch on a number 4 shot.
(you will add more shot to set the float shortly)
you need to check the depth of the water you are fishing.
Note. Don't try to fish
too far out to start with. The furthest you should fish is as
far as you can easily throw your bait.
Plumb the depth
Depending on the plummet you bought, either clip it onto the
number 4 shot or pass the hook through the loop at the top of
the plummet and lightly push the hook into the cork aiming the
point of the hook along the cork so as not to hit the lead /
metal and blunt it.
Now you have to cast your line to the spot you want to fish.
Reel the line in so that
the float is about 2 foot from the rod top.
the rod in one hand, near the reel. With the rod pointing up in the air in front of you
and the plummet
off the ground, using the hand holding the rod, put your
forefinger on the rim of the spool to stop line coming off and
open the bail arm. Using a slow to and fro pendulum motion,
swing the plummet into the anticipated fishing area, taking your finger off the reel
spool to let the plummet pull line off the reel and land where
you want it to.
the plummet settled on the bottom of the pond, if the float sinks your rig is set to shallow. If the float lies
flat on the water or is sat in the water showing more than
quarter of an inch your rig is set too deep.
the rig back in and move the float up or down accordingly and
try again. Do this until
the exact depth is found with just the tip of the float showing
about a quarter of an inch above the water surface.
Note. You want your hook to
lie either on the bottom or just slightly above the bottom.
you have plumbed the water there will be a 4 inch difference
between using the clip on plummet and the other plummet.
if you were using a clip on plummet attached to the number 4
shot, the depth of the water is the distance between the number
4 shot and your float. With using the other plummet the exact
depth is from hook to float. To compensate for using a clip on plummet. move the float down the line 4
inches. Your hook is now just touching the bottom..
remove the plummet and under the float, add enough shot needed to cock the float.
Start with 2 BB
first then add a number 4 or other shot ).
With wagglers the
general rule is 80% of the weight around the float and the
rest placed 2 thirds of the way down the line. Your rig is set up for
ease of casting. When you are confident at casting you can alter
the shotting pattern.
see float shotting patterns here
Tip. To stop your line
getting tangled up when you are not using your rod, with the
bail arm open let out enough line so that you can place the hook
onto the rod guide nearest the handle. Now carefully reel in the
line and take up the slack so that your float and line are
parallel to your rod and there is a sleight tension.
That's it for setting up, now your ready to start fishing.
Please bear in mind that this is a basic set up
coarse fishing with a float. There is a LOT more to setting up your tackle
and coarse fishing depending
on the fish you target, the tackle your using, floats shotting pattern,
hooks, waters i.e. river, lake or canal etc.. You will learn all this in time. For now I am aiming to help
you with getting set up and to be able to cast.
beginner you WILL make mistakes (like getting your line
tangled up) and may lose your temper and learn a few swear words
- this is all part of learning to be an angler. Persevere and
you WILL get things right.
lets catch some fish
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