Tips For Beginners


First things first:

  1. Water is dangerous if you cannot swim get lessons or at the very least go with someone who can. (See Here)
  2. If you've never fished before then go with someone who has, obvious maybe but they will know where to go so you hopefully catch some fish.
  3. They will hopefully let you borrow some tackle so you don't have buy until you are sure its for you.
  4. Pop in to your local tackle shop and talk to them for local information on fisheries and what's being caught and which bait to use. 
  5. Don't forget your rod license you can buy a license at your local post office or on-line at the environment agency website (See Here )
  6. Don't go with any preconceptions, fishing is guaranteed catching is not.
  7. Read, there are numerous good books and magazines available and most are not expense.
  8. Dvds are also available and sky TV has a slot called sheds with celebrity anglers like Matt Hayes, John Wilson and many others. 
  9. Enjoy, if you speak to most anglers they are happiest when they are fishing, but don't tell their partners (seriously, if you enjoy your fishing you'll get so much more back from it) 
  10. I hope this has been useful to you and don't forget if you have information that maybe helpful to others, or you have a suggestion for this page then contact me.


Your next decision is which discipline? or is it.
If you only take one piece of advice from this site take this one.

"Learn to fish"
Too many beginners, particularly junior anglers go straight to their local tackle shop and purchase two carp rods, two reels, pod, alarms, ready made rigs, march off to their local commercial fishery, stick on a boilie, cast it out to the middle of the lake, turn on the alarms and wait.
and wait!
and wait!
and wait! Some do get lucky and catch their first fish, but most don't and get frustrated.

This quote sums it all up: 

"Soon after I embraced the sport of angling I became convinced that I should never be able to enjoy it if I had to rely on the cooperation of the fish."  Sparse Grey Hackle


Start with float fishing its more versatile, relatively cheap and highly visual. For example with a float you can fish at virtually any depth, search out your swim with minimal disturbance and because you are watching your float within your swim you will be more aware of what's going on in your swim.

Below is some information on the equipment you will need and at the bottom of the page is a link to how to float fish.


Get yourself a float fishing set, there are many good quality reasonably priced sets available from local tackle shops from thirty five pounds, may sound a lot but its not much more than a computer game or a night at the pub is it?)
Alternatively a 4, 5 or 6m whip, these have the advantage of no reel to get to grips with which is ideal for younger anglers. Expect to pay from ten pounds.

                   Other essential items you will need




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For Whip

  1. Landing net.
  2. Small selection of ready made rigs (your tackle shop will advise you on these)
  3. A good disgorger.
  4. Unhooking Mat
  5. A seat for comfort (optional)

For rod and reel

  1. Landing net.
  2. Small selection of hooks (most fisheries specify barbless but not all so check)
  3. Small selection of floats (a selection of wagglers will do for now)
  4. A good disgorger.
  5. Selection tub of split shot (AA - No 1)
  6. Unhooking Mat
  7. Rod rests (two per rod)
  8. A seat for comfort (optional)

If you do not find what you are looking for then please contact me.

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Hopefully now your hooked, may i be the first to welcome you to the most exciting, frustrating, addictive, rewarding, compelling, versatile pastime you'll ever likely to take up (in my opinion)

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