Shore / Rock Fishing – Beginners Advice

June 18, 2008 by  
Filed under Sea Fishing Methods

We all have to start somewhere and this blog is intended to help the beginner as well as give essential advice to the more experienced angler.

Ok so you’re interested in fishing and would like to take up the sport. My advice for the complete beginner would be to hitch up with a friend who fishes and go with them, try out their rod and see if you’re really going to enjoy the sport. Purchasing rods, reels and tackle can be expensive – so you want to make sure you are going to enjoy the sport before splashing out on new tackle.

Hopefully you enjoy the fishing session and the next move is to purchase your first rod and reel.
The rod will depend on your size; it’s no good purchasing a rod which does not feel right. I would advise you go for a rod capable of casting a 4 to 6oz weight. For a beginner definitely buy a fixed spool fishing reel. A fixed spool reel is much easier to use than a multiplier reel, and generally the cheaper option.

Tackle, is easy. Main fishing line 15 to 20lb, shock leader 30-40lb, hooks, swivels, beads, 4 to 6oz weights, knife, fishing box and rucksack.

The ideal place to find all the above is a car boot sale, you could probably get the lot for under £40.

Another option is the internet, if you are buying over the internet I would recommend you go to a tackle shop first and just feel the rod and reel to ensure you get the right balance but for the complete beginner I would still go to the car boot for your first fishing rod, and then once you’re hooked on the sport spend a little more for the better quality rod and reel. Like all products, the more you pay the better quality and build you receive.

For further advice look around this fishing blog, leave comments or questions below and I will answer them all.

Good luck on your first fishing trip…..


4 Responses to “Shore / Rock Fishing – Beginners Advice”
  1. Lee says:

    I also live in Newquay and am always on newquay headland. I have recently started fishing again after a large break although i used to do mainly course. I have just got a load of sea fishing kit off of a mate who has moved away and in that he has got a couple of multiplier reels. I have never used these before and dont really know how to! So I would really appreciate some advice on when where, line and why the handles on the opposite side!

    Many thanks lee

  2. Andrew says:

    Hi Lee,

    Im going to add a few more fishing spots around Newquay shortly, so keep visiting the site. This is one of my favourite spots:

    I have an Abu Ambassadeur multiplier, which is a left handed (im left handed) . I used to have a right handed reel and found it a problem, as a solution I used was to simply turn the rod around when reeling in (so the eyes of the rod face the floor) I could then use it left handed :-)

    I would advise you put 15 – 20lb main line on it. Use them for general ledger casting. If you float fish or plug, you will find a fixed spool much easier as the line comes of the spool easier with less weight.

    A multiplier is the best reel for casting the longer distances as there is less friction on the reel, for example it doesn’t hit the ‘bail arm’ which reduces the cast length.

    You need to set the drag (star drag) which are set between the handle and reel body. With the weight you are using set the drag so the weight holds itself in the air without dropping to the ground to fast, but not enough so you have to pull the weight for it to drop. For a beginner this is the best setting, as it will prevent most ‘bird nests’

    When casting hover your thumb over the spool (where the line is stored), as soon as the weight hits the water put slight pressure on the line (but dont stop it dead), again to prevent a ‘birds nest’.

    At first these reels can be very tricky to get used to. You can adjust how free the line will cast by removing the gears/cogs within certain reels, but only do this once you are confident at casting, reducing the cogs will allow you to cast faster, but the spool will run faster, so you need to control it with your thumb to stop over-runs.

    I would advise you pratice in a field first, and then don’t over ‘welly’ the cast when you first fish properly, as you can easily over run the reel without controlling the line with your thumb (also wear a glove so you dont get thumb burns – this can hurt)

    As I can’t see the reel, I would advise you goto the nearest tackle shop, the bait shop in Newquay, or City angling in Truro will be able to see if your gears and breaking strain are correct for you.

    hope that helps.


  3. Lee says:

    Thanks Andrew
    I went to porth yesterday for the first time. However not much luck though. I had plenty of mackerel so that was dinner sorted but didnt catch anything else. I tried spinning and used plugs. I also tried ledgering with ragworm but still no joy.
    Any more advice you can offer.


  4. Andrew says:


    If you went in the daytime try deep spinning sandeels (see the below link):

    Although for spinning I would imagine the sea is a little rough and dull with all the bad weather this week. You may be better fishing at night with ledgered ragworm, squid or mackerel. You want a spring tide 2hrs before high tide for best results. Although I find this time of year is best for daytime spinning (when the weather and conditions are better).

    Try going out as soon as we have a nice couple of days, the stormy weather normally bring the fish in close, but you need the clear conditions to spin with any sucess.

    Good luck and let me know how you get on.

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