I’ve just had a pretty bad online shopping experience with a tackle shop that ranks highly in Google for a number of search terms. This isn’t the first time this has happened and probably not the last!
I’m putting a poll together which I’d like you to spend just a few seconds of your time to fill out, just to get an idea of how many of you shop online for their tackle, or if there are mixed opinions. From this I’ll collate the data and produce the results.
Also, please feel free to comment below on any good or bad online tackle shops you have experienced.
How to purchase your fishing rod licence
Any angler aged 12 years or over, fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels in England (except the River Tweed), Wales or the Border Esk and its tributaries in Scotland must have an Environment Agency rod licence.
Rod licences are available from Post Office outlets throughout England and Wales, online, by Direct Debit and over the telephone on 0844 800 5386. The phone line is open from 8.30am to 8.00pm daily from March to September and 8.30am to 6.00pm from October to February.
How much does a rod license cost?
Prices for 2009/10 Rod Licences – valid from 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010
|Category||Non-migratory trout, char, freshwater fish (coarse fish) and eels||Salmon and migratory trout (sea trout)., non-migratory trout, char, freshwater fish (coarse fish) and eels|
|Full season (expires 31st March 2010)||£26.00||£70.00|
A salmon and sea trout licence covers you to fish for non-migratory trout and coarse fish as well. Failure to have a licence is an offence.
Remember: If you are fishing with 3 or 4 rods then you will need to purchase a second licence.
- junior concession is available to anglers aged 12 to 16 years inclusive
- senior concession is available to anglers aged 65 years and over
- disabled concession is available to anglers in receipt of a Blue Badge or Disability Living Allowance. You will need to provide your Blue Badge Number or National Insurance Number when buying your licence
Important rod license information
- Anglers under the age of 12 do not need a rod licence to go fishing
- Full and concessionary rod licences expire on the 31st March each year
- 1-day rod licence is valid for 24 consecutive hours
- 8-day rod licence is valid for 192 consecutive hours from the start time and date
If you fish without a rod licence you are cheating other anglers, it is an offence to fish for freshwater fish and eels without a valid rod licence and if you are caught you may be fined up to £2,500.
The money raised through rod licence sales is invested directly in fisheries work that benefits all anglers.
Bob Nudd’s Fishing Tips
To mark the launch of Discovery’s new TV channel, Discovery Shed, four times
world angling champion Bob Nudd is going to be fishing at Victoria Park pond
on Friday (20th March) from 8am. If you’d like to come and join Bob for
some morning fishing and to get some tips to help improve your own
technique, just turn up at the pond, which is near the park’s Pavillion Café
(enter at Crown Gate West) at 8am on Friday.
Discovery Shed will be the place for men who like good old practical
activities to escape to. Watch Matt Hayes’ Greatest Catches on the channel
from Friday 20th March at 9pm and 9.30pm, Bob Nudd’s Right Angles follows at
10pm and 10.30pm.
A new section of the site is under development which will be used to show your catch.
All you need to do is email email@example.com a photo of yourself holding the fish. Along with details including where and when you caught the fish, its weight, tacticts and bait used to catch the fish. Any other details are welcome.
Once we gain some interest competitions will be run for the biggest fish.
Fish of all types – Coarse, Game and Sea photos are welcome, but the fish must be caught in UK waters.
As we are building this site for your use, please comment below any other features you would like to see on the website.
Reeeel in the Tackle with this amazing Competition
You have a 1 in a 100 chance of winning the fishing tackle to the value of £50.00. In comparison to other online competitions who receive 1000’s of entries the probability of you winning this competition is very high!
Fishing in the winter can often provide very good catches, for coarse, sea and game fishing.
The species which are often easier to catch during the winter or cold months include include pike, zander, salmon, cod, bass and flounders.
However, fish do not bite so actively during the winter, so bites are few and far between although a fish that does get hooked during the winter is often much bigger and very rewarding.
Clothing and winter fishing accessories is essential to your health and improved fishing. If you are cold the obvious thing you are going to catch is a common cold!. However being cold also causes:
numb fingers and arms – which makes it more difficult to strike a fish, hook bait and tie hooks.
numb feet and toes – which makes you slower, so if the rod is far away you may miss the take.
Concentration – When cold, you loose concentration and your mind wanders… you may only get a few bites during the cold months, so all your concentration should be focused on you angling and detecting bites.
There is nothing more uncomfortable than being cold when fishing. So my advice is to invest in some very good clothing and accessories which will last.
My recommendations for winter fishing clothing & accessories include:
So the KHV disease reaches White Acres in Cornwall. I have been reading a number of forums and there has been quite a stir on this subject, question raised include:
Should White Acres remain open?
Has the fishing been affected?
Is it fair to the fish?
Could White Acres have warned anglers / holidaymakers sooner on their website?
Could / should they close infected lakes?
Have White Acres been responsible?
News From Defra
Movements of fish in and out of two fisheries, in Derbyshire and Somerset, have been restricted following the confirmation of the serious viral fish disease, Koi Herpesvirus Disease.
10 of the most ugliest fish around:
|Blob Fish||Viper Fish||Stone Fish|
|Wolf Fish||Snake Head Fish||Fish Monk|
|Lumpsucker Fish||Cartilaginous Fish||Fangtooth Fish|
|Long Spined Sea Scorpion
The monk fish is common in the UK and I have frequently seen these just sitting on the bottom when scuba diving. Although I wouldn’t like to come face-to-face with a Fangtooth!
If you are looking for weird / strange or dangerous fish then the below books are worth a look:
If you can identify any fish you feel would be suitable for this page, please let me know by making a comment below
This time is not ‘hells kitchen’ but more like ‘eels kitchen’.
Ok, this is no joke really, Gordon Ramsay was filmed trapping elvers (young eels) on the River Severn for his F Word show and then cooking them on a barbecue before serving them on toast. Read more