What do I need to go fishing?

What do I need to go fishing?

A quick guide for beginners, families and returning anglers to get you out on the bank and catching fish.

DO I NEED A FISHING LICENCE TO GO FISHING?

DO I NEED A FISHING LICENCE TO GO FISHING?

Before heading out for your very first fishing trip, make sure that you have read up on the local rules and regulations for fishing at your chosen venue and make sure that you sort yourself the correct rod licence for your age, time of use and style of angling.

The good news is that children under 13 do not need a licence and licences for children aged between 13 and 16 are free!

If you are over 16 you'll need to purchase a rod fishing licence to fish legally in England, Wales and the borders Esk region of Scotland.

The licence fees enable the Environment Agency to carry out projects such as stock surveys, improving fish stocks and waterways and promoting the sport to a wider range of people. It's also used to fund work to maintain, improve and develop fisheries, fish habitats and angling, all to ensure that fishing has a future and nature has a home.

WHAT ROD AND REEL, OR POLE KIT DO I NEED

WHAT ROD AND REEL, OR POLE KIT DO I NEED

When starting out on the bank, there is a choice to make; do you want to fish with a traditional rod setup, or a pole? Both require a little bit of thought, a rod obviously requires a reel and line, but in terms of setup it is very straight forward, almost self-explanatory.

Whereas a pole is a little bit more complex to setup, you will need to choose an elastic that you feel comfortable with, one of our Angling Direct colleagues in-store will be more than happy to help with this, some of our stores also offer an elastic service.

However, once setup, a pole is probably easier to use – there isn’t a lot in it, both are relatively straightforward, but you need to make a choice either way, this will likely depend on what species you are targeting, if its bigger carp you’re after, opt for a rod and reel, if you’re happy catching silvers and F1s on a match venue, opt for a pole.

PERFECT RODS, REELS AND POLES FOR THE BEGINNER

Whether you have decided to try pole fishing or a rod and reel, we have put together some great beginner's kits to get you fishing as well as listing some of our top fishing rods, reels and pole suggestions for beginner anglers available to view below. For those that struggle to pair together rod and reels, we have that sorted too in our Rod & Reel Combo section.

  1. Advanta X5 Float Rods
    Advanta X5 Float Rods
    Rating:
    98%

    Starting at £44.99

  2. Advanta X3 Net Bag
    Advanta X3 Net Bag
    Rating:
    100%
    £19.99
  3. Advanta X3 Carryall
    Advanta X3 Carryall
    Rating:
    90%
    £34.99

WE'VE PUT TOGETHER A SELECTION OF PACKS WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO GET YOU FISHING.

 

From fishing baits to line choices, this section of our Angling Beginner’s Page will explain some of the must-have fishing equipment choices available that are well-suited to beginners. As well as offering some guidance as to when would be the best time to use them, so you can get off to a great start with fishing.

WHAT TERMINAL TACKLE DO I NEED?

WHAT TERMINAL TACKLE DO I NEED?

Terminal tackle is the business end of your set up and is it the first bit of kit that will come into direct contact with your fish. It is also the thing that will start the landing process.

In our collection of terminal tackle, we have items to help with spreading your bait such as PVA products, spods and feeders as well as weights that improve the sink rate of your rig, commonly referred to as leads. Additionally, we have a whole sub-category for ready-made rigs that have been pre-tied to the specifications of some of the industry’s top anglers as well as extra rig bits to help tie your own, personalised rig.

When browsing our terminal tackle selection, you may also see items such as Leaders, Tubing, Swivels, and Links. These are all items you use to either attach your rig to your choice of mainline, improve the rigs durability or to create your very own style of rig. For more terminal tackle guidance, you can also view our Top 10 Terminal Tackle best sellers and read below for more terminal tackle explanations.

TERMINAL TACKLE

FLOATS
BUY FLOATS

Insert waggler floats are best for beginners as they are suitable for a range of weather conditions, offering better visibility in choppy water, also when fishing at range or into shaded areas. These floats won't drag under too easily, especially when fishing over-depth.

SPLIT SHOT
BUY SPLIT SHOT

Split shot are essential to set your float correctly so that you can see when you have a bite. Too little and the float won't stand in the water, too much and your float will disappear under water. All floats will have a guide printed on them to help you with the amount of shot and weight of shot required.

HOOKS
BUY HOOKS

Hooks come in two forms, on their own and already tied to nylon - which is perfect for the beginner. It cuts out the need to know how to tie multiple knots. All you need to do is attach the hook to nylon to your mainline. Sharp hooks are important to ensure you don't lose your catch!

PLUMMETS
BUY PLUMMETS

Plummets help to gauge the depth of water that you'll be fishing in. Correct use will allow you to present your bait perfectly, whether it be on the bottom or mid-way up the water column.

PERFECT TERMINAL TACKLE FOR THE BEGINNER

WHAT FISHING BAIT DO I NEED?

WHAT FISHING BAIT DO I NEED?

Your bait is important, without it you’re going to struggle to get a take.

There are lots of different types of bait available for the beginner angler, each of which is designed to attract a different species, be used in a different manner, or be perfect for different water conditions.

To keep it simple and catch your first fish, bait like pellets, maggots, sweetcorn & luncheon meat will guarantee you a bite.

Our website sells all bait except fresh maggots which are available in-store only, so why not pop in on your way? Our staff are also more than happy to give you any last minute tips or advice you may need.

PERFECT BAIT FOR THE BEGINNER
  1. Dynamite Wowsers
    Dynamite Wowsers

    Starting at £4.25

  2. Dynamite Frenzied Flavoured Sweetcorn Krill
    Dynamite Frenzied Flavoured Sweetcorn
    Rating:
    100%

    Starting at £2.55

  3. Dynamite Swim Stim F1 Sweet Pellets 2mm
    Dynamite Swim Stim F1 Sweet Pellets
    Rating:
    98%

    Starting at £4.45

  4. Ringers Method Micro Pellets
    Ringers Method Micro Pellets
    Rating:
    96%

    Starting at £3.99

  5. Lemco Square Top Bait Boxes
    Lemco Square Top Bait Boxes
    Rating:
    91%

    Starting at £1.99

  6. Guru Catapult
    Guru Catapult
    Rating:
    94%
    £7.99
  7. SonuBaits Fin Perfect Feed Pellets
    SonuBaits Fin Perfect Feed Pellets
    Rating:
    97%

    Starting at £2.99

WHAT FISHING LINE DO I NEED?

WHAT FISHING LINE DO I NEED?

There are many different types of line that you could purchase to load your reel with including braid, monofilament and fluorocarbon.

As a beginner it's important you match the line or braid that you're using to the species and size of fish you are targeting, for the beginner we’d recommend the use of monofilament on your spool as it covers numerous fishing situations.

Generally, if you are targeting small species like roach, rudd and perch then you’d be best to use a line with breaking strain of up to 4lb, giving you the strength to land small fish but also the odd bigger one if they come along.


PERFECT LINE FOR THE BEGINNER
  1. Preston Reflo Sinking Feeder Mono
    Preston Reflo Sinking Feeder Mono
    Rating:
    90%

    Starting at £5.99

  2. Drennan Float Fish Mono
    Drennan Float Fish Mono
    Rating:
    91%

    Starting at £3.95

  3. Guru Pulse Line
    Guru Pulse Line 300m
    Rating:
    96%

    Starting at £8.99

  4. Daiwa Sensor Monofil
    Daiwa Sensor Monofil
    Rating:
    94%

    Starting at £10.99

  5. Preston Reflo Power
    Preston Reflo Power
    Rating:
    98%

    Starting at £4.99

  6. Daiwa Sensor Monofil Line
    Daiwa Sensor Monofil
    Rating:
    93%

    Starting at £5.50

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF FISH?

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF FISH?

As a responsible angler, you need to invest in some equipment to help remove fishing hooks, assess the fish and for easing their returning to the water. Luckily, we have gathered some of the basics below for you to tick off your angling checklist.

Fish Care

DISGORGER
BUY DISGORGERS

An important piece of fish care tackle, the disgorger. If you haven't hooked the fish buy the lip, chances are you'll need one! Used to safely remove hooks that have ingested your bait, these ensure the hook is removed safely and quickly to minimise any stress to the fish.

LANDING NET & HANDLE
BUY LANDING NETS & HANDLES

Land those fish safely and easily with a landing net and extendable handle. Most fisheries require the use of landing nets. It saves the fish and you any unnecessary stress, imagine having your new PB sitting next to the bank with no way to land it, then having it get loose and swim off!

Soft Unhooking Mat
BUY UNHOOKING MATS

Unhooking a fish isn't always as simple as it sounds, and it is important to have a safe surface on which to rest your fish whilst you negotiate the hook from its mouth. Instead of your catch flapping around on gravel, mud or foliage, give them the care they deserve.

IS A CHAIR OR SEATBOX BETTER?

IS A CHAIR OR SEATBOX BETTER?

As much as we'd like to think we'll be on our feet all day at the bank, reeling in catch after catch, unfortunately this isn't the case – for any of us.

Sure, the bank side might be pleasant enough to sit on for a one off summer afternoon, but the rest of the time we think you'll probably be after something a little more comfortable.

Do your body a favour and invest in a chair or seatbox, you'll enjoy your fishing sessions more, and the nature that comes with. The bonus of a seatbox is it's also the luggage for your other tackle.

NEED HELP OR ADVICE?

Whatever the question, whatever the focus we're here to help you navigate the world of angling.

Call our customer services team for any product related queries
Drop into your nearest store and chat face-to-face with our staff
Talk to a qualified angling coach for tailored advice

If you're looking for some tips & tricks or inspiration, check out our ADTV channel

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