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basic equipment list for the most popular methods for catching British fish

Jun 19th, 2021 (edited)
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  1. this guide illustrates what I believe are the five easiest paths for anyone who wants to learn fishing in the UK, we start with a basic equipment list and finish with a species list discussing fishing conditions and advice
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  4. FRESHWATER FISHING LOICENSE compared to other countries, we have it pretty cheap in the UK, so pick one up!
  5. SALTWATER FISHING LOICENSE we don't need one in the UK, but there is size regulations for sea fish you intend to take home and cook
  6. DAY TICKET/CLUB MEMBERSHIP a club membership is what I would always recommend as day tickets can be a money sink and are usually just carp stocked shitholes. clubs annually usually cost around £60 from your local tackle shop and will give you several rivers and lakes to fish from, you don't need to talk to anyone or attend any meetings and usually rules are more relaxed compared to day tickets
  7. CLOSE SEASON
  8. the only close season we have is no fishing in rivers from 15th March to 15th June
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  10. This short guide will cover:
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  12. FRESHWATER - PREDATOR
  13. FRESHWATER - BIG PIKE
  14. FRESHWATER - BAIT FISHING FOR COARSE FISH
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  16. SALTWATER - PREDATOR
  17. SALTWATER - BAIT FISHING
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  22. FRESHWATER - PREDATOR SPINNING
  23. 5-20 gram spinning rod
  24. 1500 spinning reel loaded with 15lb braid
  25. cheap net and landing mat
  26. medical forceps for deep hooked pike
  27. pack of 15lb wire trace leaders so pike don't bite you off
  28. 8lb fluorocarbon leader if there are no pike present
  29. small pike lures (120mm max size) such as soft silicone shads or surface lures
  30. small perch lures (50mm max size) such as soft silicone shads
  31. small chub lures (50mm max size) such as crankbaits or mepps spinners
  32. small trout lures (30mm max size) such as shads or mepps spinners
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  35. FRESHWATER - DEDICATED PIKE
  36. 40-150 gram baitcasting rod
  37. baitcasting reel loaded with 50lb braid
  38. large pike net and landing mat
  39. medical forceps for deep hooked pike
  40. pack of 15lb wire trace leaders so pike don't bite you off
  41. large 50 - 100 gram 160mm pike lures from manufacturers like Westin or Savage Gear
  42. you can also use this rod/reel/line for WINTER DEADBAITING FOR PIKE;
  43. use the pike float paternoster rig by Amateurangling (google it)
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  46. BAIT FISHING FOR COARSE FISH
  47. choose either a 20 gram quivertip rod or a float rod
  48. 2500 spinning reel loaded with 4lb mono
  49. (note - if going for carp, use 10lb mono)
  50. cheap net and landing mat
  51. telescopic bank stick
  52. (IMPORTANT) a comfortable sub-3kg weight folding chair with adjustable legs
  53. groundbait
  54. disgorger
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  56. if you chose float fishing;
  57. loafer float - trotting bait down a river (imgur.com/XkjQJh5.png)
  58. small insert waggler - 'on the drop' method
  59. waggler - stillwater 'lift bite' method (imgur.com/38hRzFI.png)
  60. puddle chucker - variant of the waggler for long range casting
  61. driftbeater/windbeater - for when heavy wind is blowing a normal waggler float around on the water
  62. split shot - small balls of weight put on the line to cock the float
  63. float stops - locks a float on the line, but adjustable
  64. plummet - used with a float to figure out the exact depth of the water before you start fishing
  65. if you chose quiver tip fishing; (imgur.com/GKFUV9k.png)
  66. selection of bomb weights from 5 to 20 grams or even more if fishing large rivers
  67. selection of cage bread feeders used with bread flake on the hook at different weights
  68. selection of groundbait feeders at different weights
  69. selection of maggot feeders at different weights
  70. swivels and big grippa float stops
  71. foam rig spools loaded with hooklinks you've pre-tied
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  73. examples of hooks & bait for targeting species
  74. roach 8mm bread punch, on b911 size 16 (with hooklength pre-tied on in the packet)
  75. bream soft hook halibut pellets 8mm, on b983 size 14
  76. tench two red maggots, on t911 size 14
  77. chub bread flake or cheese paste, on B980 size 6
  78. carp single corn, on drennan specimen size 14
  79. perch 2 halves of a lobworm, on drennan wide gape specialist size 10
  80. keep in mind that some baits will attract multiple fish, worms or maggots in particular are eaten by every species
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  83. SALTWATER - PREDATOR
  84. 20 - 30 gram saltwater spinning rod
  85. spinning reel loaded with 15lb braid
  86. 10lb fluorocarbon leader
  87. breakaway miniclips (for changing lures quickly)
  88. selection of 20 to 30 gram seabass lures such as tackle feed shallow or patchinko
  89. selection of 15 gram mackerel lures no longer than 80mm, such as ISP seeker or dennet super sprat
  90. it is a very good idea to check the terrain of the beach you plan to fish, because casting over rocks instead of clean sand is going to result in lost lures unless you are using weedless ones. this can be done by downloading google earth pro app (free) and using the tool in view > historical imagery
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  93. SALTWATER - BAIT FISHING
  94. 1-4oz bass beachcasting rod
  95. beachcasting spinning reel loaded with 15lb mono and a tapered 15 - 50lb shockleader that is the length of your rod and several turns of the reel, attached using the smallest leader knot you can find and with a breakaway clip tied on the end, this all stays on the reel when in storage
  96. pre-tied 2 hook flapper rigs (NOT CLIP DOWN) your local tackle shop will have some
  97. a selection of 2, 3 and 4 oz plain bomb leads for rolling around finding gullys
  98. a selection of 2, 3 and 4 oz breakaway leads for gripping into sand
  99. a rod tripod or sand spike (sand spikes will work okay in shingle)
  100. black lugworm from your local tackleshop
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  103. to keep fish either:
  104. a burlap sack and rope so you can throw it into the sea and get it wet, keeps cold via evaporative cooling
  105. a bucket and rope so you can throw it into the sea and get seawater, keeping a wet towel over it, keeps cold via evaporative cooling
  106. keep in mind that mackerel spoil EXTREMELY QUICKLY and should really be gutted and popped in the fridge and eaten as soon as possible
  107. for best meat, kill the fish with a hard blow on the head between the eyes with a small priest, and slice both gills in two and hold upside down in the bucket of water so the blood exits the fish
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  110. ROACH a small and pleasant fish found everywhere, when conditions are good 50 can be caught in a day
  111. PERCH a small shoaling predatory fish usually found everywhere
  112. PIKE top predator, will happily take any lure, in winter will scavenge dead fish
  113. TROUT difficult to find native, often stocked in fly fishing clubs
  114. CHUB omnivorous river fish, unique in that they feed well in winter like pike
  115. BREAM lazy fighting, snotty fish, bottom feeder, easy to catch
  116. TENCH very hard smart fighting bottom feeder that will unhook itself on snags
  117. CARP can grow to freakish behemoth sizes
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  119. SEABASS highly desired sport fish, very difficult to catch despite being common
  120. MACKEREL arrives in uk shores in summer in huge numbers, can catch 40 in a single day, extremely delicious!!! prefers calm clear conditions at high tide
  121. PLAICE very tasty flatfish, usually needs calm clear conditions and long casts
  122. FLOUNDER not quite so tasty flatfish
  123. DAB small tasty flatfish that usually arrives in spring
  124. DOGFISH horrible taste and annoying, they will try to hurt you with their rough skin
  125. WHITING very bland taste, present in huge numbers in winter
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  128. EXTRA TIPS
  129. I will listen to good podcasts or audiobooks when fishing, it just helps pass the time and you don't care if you don't catch any fish
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  131. Buy a pack of cheap drying kitchen towels and take one on your fishing trip to clean fish slime off your hands
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