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Short Summary: Informative article for anyone thinking of taking up angling, Britain's most popular participation sport. Read on to discover the essentials you will need.
It’s the most popular participation sport in the UK and every weekend thousands of us take to the rivers, canals, lakes or seas around the country to do battle with fish. It’s as much about the skill of the fight as it is about landing a whopper, and many anglers won’t even keep what they catch, they just take a quick photo and let it go free. If you’ve always fancied having a go at angling but just don’t know where to start, there are a few basic items you won’t be able to do without.
If you’re a complete novice you’d be forgiven for thinking that one fishing rod is pretty much the same as any other, but this is not the case. There are different rods which are better for river fishing or fishing at sea from a boat for example, so do some research first rather than just grabbing the first rod you see in the shops. Any good sports shop or angling shop will be able to give you advice on the most appropriate item for your individual needs. Buy towards the bottom end of the market as there is no point in splashing out on an expensive rod until you are sure that fishing is for you.
Unless you’re planning on fishing on warm summer afternoons only, you are going to need some good quality outdoor clothing to keep you warm and dry during those long hours on the riverbank. This is not something to cut costs on as cheap items just will not keep you warm and dry. Opt for good quality clothing which can be used for fishing but is equally appropriate for walking the dog or picking the kids up from school on a wet day. Unless you are planning on serious salmon or trout fishing, you won’t need specialist items like waders but if you are going out to sea or even fishing off rocks you will need a lifejacket.
You can quite easily go to town and spend a fortune on various reels, line, lures, bags and boxes but when you’re new to the sport it’s important to stick to the absolute essentials. An old rucksack will easily carry all your things to the riverbank, and any DIY store will sell those little boxes for keeping your hooks, line and lure fishing tackle in. Take advice from friends who are already keen anglers about what sort of tackle and bait you will need and they may even offer to lend you bits and pieces to get you started.
If you’re planning on fishing from a pier or from a small boat, there is not much instruction needed, you just pop some bait on your hook and leave it in the water. Salmon fishing or trout fishing is far more technical, and if you are interested in this sort of angling it’s best to book a few lessons with someone who knows what they are doing and how can show you things like how to cast properly and how to reel in a fish effectively.