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Fishing for Beginners

thumbnailSo you want to start fishing? Fishing is an ancient practice known for its stress relieving, thrilling and social benefits. However, as fishing has very specialist equipment, it can be hard to learn the basics. Have a look at our fishing for beginners guide on how to start fishing the easy way.

Let’s start with the equipment. To start fishing, you need a fishing rod, hooks, a line, a reel, floats, a net and lures. Fishing rods are long poles that have a fishing line attached and ends with a fishing hook. The best-selling Dunlop 12ft carp fishing rod is ideal for beginners. Fishing reels are used to let out and reel in the fishing line. The fishing reels are basically spools mounted on an axle. If you are looking for a simple rod and reel to start with, take a look at our fishing kits including fly fishing starter kits, coarse fishing kits, saltwater fishing kits as well as rod and reel combos. Constructed from artificial materials, fishing lines are used to get the lure or bait closer to the fish. Fishing lines can differ according to the fishing environment, for example at a lake; an angler may prefer a longer line. has sea fishing lines to carp fishing lines to use. Fishing hooks are used to catch the fish either by catching them in the mouth. Floats are small devices that float on the top of the water and move if the fish bites the lure alerting you to the fish’s presence. You can lure in the fish to your fishing hook using fishing bait or lures. There are many different types of lures ranging from artificial to natural. has fishing lures ranging from artificial fishing maggots to pellets.  Fishing nets are used to land a fish.

Some recreational fishing spots have rules such as prohibiting the use of nets or the hook catching of fish outside of the mouth. It is usually expected that a caught fish is returned to the water. This is known as catch and release. Remember that if you are aged 12 and over in England or Wales, you need a rod licence to fish in freshwater or more specifically to go coarse fishing.

Now it is down the practical art of fishing. To load a fishing line, open the bail and tie the line on the arbor with an arbor knot. Ensure the line is tightly loaded as it comes off the line spool and fill the reel spool until it is 3mm from the rim. The next step you need to do is make sure your reel drag setting is correct using a scale. To cast your fishing rod, ensure you have six inches of line hanging out of the reel tip top, turn the line roller until it is underneath your index finger and then hold the line against the rod. You should now open the bail with your other hand, aim the rod at your chosen target, pull the rod up to vertical allowing it to bend, push it forward and then let go of the line.


When you see or feel a fish on the fishing line, reel in the slack on the line and quickly lift the fishing rod to hook the fish. After this you will need to make your rod vertical and watch how the fish reacts to see what you next need to do, for example if the fish is swimming towards you, you will need to reel in the slack again on the line. The next stage is to pump the fish in. In order to do this you need to lift the rod tip, lower it again, reel and then repeat if required. Your fish should now be close to the bank and tired. Bring the fish in close, put the net underneath the fish in the water, pull the fish in to the net head first and then pull the net out of the water.


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