Choosing the right Fishing Tackle

Choosing the right Fishing Tackle

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced angler, when you enter a Fishing Tackle shop there is always so much to choose from and finding exactly what you need sometimes requires a little help.

If you are new to Fishing and have decided what type you will be doing, Sea, Coarse or Fly Fishing,

We are always on hand to guide you to which type ofRod, Reel and Accessories will be suitable.

There are many things to consider depending on the type of Fishing you are going to do.

For Sea Fishing, you may just want to go spinning, lure fishing or Float fishing which requires some depth of water, piers or rock marks are ideal. Perhaps you would rather be fishing from a Beach in shallower water. The best Rods for each of these types of fishing are vastly different as are the Reels.


Pier rods and spinning reels are generally lighter than Beach gear, the rods required are generally shorter with lighter casting weights and the gears in a spinning reel are also lighter and are not built to use with heavy sea fishing weights. You will need to make sure when you buy extra spinners, lures and sinkers that they are not too heavy for your fishing equipment. The fishing line on your spinning reel will also be of a lighter breaking strain than that of a larger more robust beach casting reel.

Lure fishing or spinning is quite an active sport requiring the angler to cast and retrieve the lure to tempt a fish to take the spinner or lure which imitates a smaller baitfish.

Float fishing is more relaxed than spinning, you will need bait for this type of fishing. Rather than casting and retrieving and the angler to simply watches the float until it dips below the water surface when a fish takes the bait, consider float fishing with fish strips or ragworm. The depth of the bait can be altered by moving the float up or down the line to find where the fish are feeding.

Beach fishing gear is heavier and more robust, with a wide range of rods in various lengths and casting weights and a huge choice of bigger fixed spool or multiplier reels designed to cast bigger baits and heavier weights, you may require a bag to carry your extra tackle for fishing the beach or a seatbox which will carry your tackle and give you a seat, and a tripod to rest your fishing rod on. For fishing the beach you will need a variety of weights, shock leader, rigs, extra hooks, links and bait.

There are also Boat rods and reels in a range of sizes for the angler who wants to fish from a charter boat or has a boat to fish from.

In recent years Kayak fishing has become very popular as it allows the angler to fish in deeper inshore waters for larger species, Shorter sturdy rods and reels specifically for kayak fishing are available.

Coarse Fishing Tackle depends on what species you are targeting and the method of fishing, just as in sea fishing, you can spin a lure or float fish with bait, you may want to fish for pike or Carp or other coarse fish such as perch, roach, dace, etc. There are ahost of different rods and reels available, and the range of accessories is extensive.

Baits for coarse fishing range from simple spinners to maggot or worm baits, and groundbaits, boilies, particle baits, flavour and colour additives and so much more, it depends on the angler.

Fly Fishing is very popular for trout, salmon and even pike, the rods, reels and lines are entirely different to standard coarse or sea fishing gear, along with your fly rod and reel you will need leaders, Flies, a net to land your fish and possibly waders if you intend to venture beyond the river bank. Fishing for Salmon and Trout is a seasonal activity and you may need a permit to fish in certain rivers, or you may prefer to go to a stocked fishery where you will be required to buy a ticket to allow you to fish. There are many Fly Fishing setups to choose from and we regularly have great deals on Fly fishing kits and rod and reel combos.


This has been a very brief introduction to different types of fishing tackle, If you require more help or advice once you have bought your Fishing Tackle, if you are still undecided what Tackle you need or if you are experienced and just want information about new tackle, techniques, baits or venues, call into our shop or contact us.

We will be happy to help, we aim to make sure you have the correct equipment to make your Fishing as enjoyable and trouble-free as possible.

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