Best fishing gear for beginners
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Best fishing rods for amateur anglers
Spinning fishing rods - These are the most common type of fishing rod. They're easy to operate and can be used in most fishing situations. Best for lighter tackle and smaller fish.
Telescopic fishing rods - Made up of multiple tubular sections, these rods have a design similar to that of a telescopic. They are easy to transport and carry, making them ideal for holidays and travel. Best for portability.
Carp fishing rods - Longer and heavier than other fishing rods, these rods provide more control during casts and better overall manoeuvrability. Best for carp fishing.
Fly fishing rods - These thin and flexible rods cast an artificial fly or lure to catch fish in rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Best for casting over longer distances.
Fishing checklist – What equipment do you need?
Floats will show you where your bait is and keep it suspended off the bottom. Most fishing rod and reel sets will come with a range of weighted and buoyant floats.
Best time to fish
The best time to fish varies depending on the season and area of the water. However, most anglers believe fish are best caught during the early morning and early evening. Fish tend to become more active during these times due to the cooler water temperature and reduced light.
What fishing tackle do you need?
There are three main types of tackle used for fishing - hooks, floats and weights. Hooks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with a choice of different tips. Weights help you cast your line out further and keep your bait submerged. Floats prevent your bait from sinking to the bottom and provide a visual indicator when a fish strikes.