Quick Fire FAQ’s and Tips
Do I need a rod licence?
If you are aged 12 and above you will need a rod licence, available to purchase from the Post Office or online.
Don’t forget a rod licence does not entitle you to fish anywhere. Many waters are club / society controlled. Good Tackle shops generally have these types of tickets and books for local clubs for you to purchase.
There are also lots of commercial day tickets waters that you can pay a fee to fish for the day, you can find adverts for many of these in the angling press like Angler’s Mail. You may also come across private syndicate waters that you pay a yearly fee for.
Can I fish all year round?
There is a closed season on all moving waters e.g. rivers, drains, streams and some canals. This operates from March 15th – June 16th .
Many canals can be fished all year round, check with the controlling club / society. You can also find information from the canals and rivers way trust.
Just about all commercial waters are open year round, but some do close for a period of time set by themselves.
A few additional pointers:
Always tell a family member where you are going.
Where practical take a spare set of clothes that can easily be left in a car.
It’s a good idea to carry an emergency foil body cover, especially if taking spare clothes is not practical.
Keep a bottle of alcohol hand gel in your kit.
Plenty of drinks.
Top 10 tips
Biggest key to fishing is bait.
Learn your surroundings.
Observe and learn, from nature and other anglers.
Be quiet – fish can hear you.
Keep it simple.
Learn one method at a time.
Don’t be taken in by media hype.
It’s the angler that catches the fish not that £1000 pole.
Enjoy and respect the great outdoors.
You can find more tips and fun things to read on my blog. stickfloat.wordpress.com
or pop along to the Angling trust website www.anglingtrust.net
Basic Items of Tackle
Other than rod and reel, or pole below is some basic items to make up your fishing kit:
Landing net and handle.
Some commercial fisheries will stipulate a unhooking mat (check first)
A bait tub
A selection of mixed shot from 10 to SSG.
Spare pole rigs, pre tied is best to start with.
Spare floats, feeders or bomb leads if fishing rod and line.
Spare hook links, pre tied is best. Unless specimen carp fishing stick to sizes 18,16 and 14 barbless.
Something to sit on.
Small tackle box to keep everything safe.