Okay, you’ve woken early to go fishing, but the weather is terrible, stormy and dull. The wind is in the east (the fish bite the least).
From my experience when conditions are this bad the best place is to stay at home. But your still eager to fish I hear you say! OK its second best and may not be every ones idea of fun, but you could play a few fishing games on your PC or Games console.
One of my favourites is:
Rapala: Tournament Fishing for the Xbox 360
Okay, its not the real thing, but you have stayed dry, safe and still managed to hook and land a fish – albeit online :-)
To compete in this fishing competition you need to be 17 or under on the date of the final (30th August 2008).
The ‘Browning Youth Masters’ is UK’s largest national angling competition for young match anglers. 40 fishing venues across England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland where you can participate in a qualifier. If you are successful you will be invited to attend the 100 peg final at Cudmore fisheries on Saturday 30th August 2008.
Ticket costs are £12 per qualifier, and this needs to be paid direct to the fishery. For further details and information where matches are taking place please visit www.zebco-europe.com.
Good luck to all competitors.
Fishing Clubs are a great way to gain entry into top angling lakes, make friends and gain knowledge.
Here are a selection of popular fishing clubs in the UK
Billericay and District Angling Club – Essex
The club has 30 fishing venues to choose from including the Suffolk Stour and River Roding.
Membership costs: £58 including joining fee.
Tel: 0870 240 7074 for further details.
Bradford No 1 Angling Association – West Yorkshire
11 lakes, 4.25 miles of canal ans approximately 43 miles of river.
Membership costs: Under 17′s pay £14, ladies and over 65′s pay £16, adults £36. There is also a joining fee.
Tel: 01274 421 786 for further details
Derby Railway Angling Club – Derbyshire
Sections of the River Trent, River Dove, The Trent and Mersey canal, plus a few stillwaters.
Membership costs: Adults £41, OAP’s £24, under 16′s £5. No joining fee.
Tel: 01332 792807 for further details.
Kings Lynn Angling Association – Norfolk
Miles of fen drains, Tottenhill and Snetterton Pitt, The Great Ouse
Membership costs: Adults £36, concessions for juniors and OAPs.
Tel: 01553 671 545 for further information
London Anglers Association – London
Lots of waters including the Grand Union Canal, River Thames, Suffolk Stour, The Great Ouse, Hampshire Avon, River Lea, River Cam, River Stort.Plus a variety of stillwaters.
Membership costs: Adults £42, OAPs £25, under 16′s £24
Tel: 02085 207477 for further details
Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association – Mid Glamorgan
Two reservoirs including Pontsticil and 3 lakes near Merthyr. Plus two reservoirs on the Brecon Beacons. River Usk for coarse, trout and salmon. and 17 miles on the upper Taff.
Membership costs: Merthyr Borough Residents £50 plus £10 joining fee. Non-residents pay £140 each year for 1st 2 years and then £50 there after. 12-18 yrs £25 and under 12′s pay £15.
Tel: 01685 723520 for further details
Marazion Angling Club – Cornwall
St Erth, Wheal Grey and Sharkey’s Pit.
Membership Costs: Adult £55, Ladies £40, Juniors £18.50, family membership £85, OAPs £40.
Tel: 01736 756767 for futher details.
If you are a member or know of a good fishing club then feel free to add comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org so I can update the list.
In my opinion Devon is one of the best counties in the UK for sea fishing; it also holds a few great rivers for game fishing, and plenty of mature lakes for still water fishing. Therefore for a fishing holiday in the UK, Devon should be high on the list.
If being spoilt for choice over the fishing marks in Devon wasn’t enough! There is also plenty of fishing holiday accommodation to choose from too, including holiday cottages in Devon, farmhouses, B&B’s campsites and hotels.
Devon covers a wide area in South West, which means plenty of fishing marks. I’d imagine most people will think of Dartmoor and the city of Plymouth as being the most famous places in Devon, and they would probably be right.
However, my favourite area of Devon is located in South East Devon (to the right of Dartmoor and about a ½ hour drive North of Plymouth), in an area known as the ‘south hams’. With typical Devon countryside including the rolling hills, tall brick hedges and old traditional villages there are plenty of options for holiday accommodation.
I’m not so familiar with North Devon, but from viewing images it looks more in fashion with Cornwall, with a very rugged coastline.
Whichever coastline you choose its only approximately an hour from one coastline to the other. With plenty of good game and coarse fishing marks in-between.
As the fishing hotspots section in Devon continues to grow, you will also need to find accommodation in Devon. Shortly I will be providing a list of places to stay in Devon with fishing nearby.
The new Salt 2930/301 multiplier reels from Shakespeare have been designed to deliver a combination of top performance and durability and will maximise the output from both monofilament and braid.
The aluminium frame and spool provide perfect alignment to reduce wear and efficiently transfer winding power – the fast 5.5:1 gear ratio recovers nearly a yard of line with every handle turn.
- Star Drag
- Aluminium Frame
- Counterbalanced Power Crank Handle
- Instant Anti Reverse
- One Piece Aluminium Spool
- Rubberised Anti Corrosive Finish Side Plates
To date this is the best shakespeare reel I have owned, the gear ratio makes this reel stand out from others, its very smooth and has that quality feel when reeling in.
I’ve used this for Conger fishing to working a red gill for pollack 30m deep. This reel is an all round performer and ideal for any deep sea fishing.
This book is aimed towards the beginner to intermediate fisherman.
A Guide to baits and Rigs could be an ideal gift for someone just starting out and needs a little help on the types of rigs used and how to set them up.
A rig is the the ‘business end’ of the setup, and a well presented rig with the correct bait will give you the advantage over the fish. There are many types of rigs for different conditions and fish species. Bait presentation is also an important factor, this book demostrates on how to ‘bait up’ correctly to present the bait most naturally, and to ensure the bait stays in contact over long casting distances.
You can purchase this great book from Amazon, here are a few comments by fisherman who have purchased at Amazon
‘If you are new to sea fishing then this book will help you through the minefield of technical names and jargon. It will show you how to make simple and effective rigs which do catch fish, believe me i am a serious match fisherman! it then explains the various types of sea baits and their usages how to hook worms etc…..bait presentation is just as important as the rig you are using. This book certainly helped me no end when i started back beach fishing 4 years ago, it will give you the confidence to go into your tackle shop and not look like a complete novice, and also save you money in the long run.’
‘I have only had this book for a few days and only being a beginner to the world of Sea Angling i have found it very useful. It has show me things that you would never know unless you belong to a club, instead of bying rigs it shows you how to build your own therefore saving money. it also shows how to keep your bait fresh and re-usable for your next fishing trip, that also saves money. All in all a very cheap but valuble book for the beginner to Sea Angling.’
‘I have been sea fishing all my life,but my next outing will be a far more enjoyable and hopefully more rewarding experience after reading this book. All the directions,diagrams and photographs were clear and easy to understand,this made reading it a real pleasure. A lot of what is covered in this book is of the most up to date ideas or improvments on some tried and tested old ones. ‘
Great news, as this month it appears that the on-going debate on whether pleasure sea anglers would require a sea angling licence has been resolved. It looks as if this impossible idea is being scrapped. Read more