If you fish for salmon, trout, smelt, freshwater fish or eel in England, Wales, Border Esk and its tributaries in Scotland, and are over the age of 12 you need a fishing/rod license.
There is a plethora of deadbaits available that the predatory pike will happily take. Different venues and different seasons often effect how readily or appetising these deadbaits are in the eyes of the Pike, however in the last couple of years a deadbait has made its way onto the market both in the coarse and sea angling scene, with devastating effect regardless of the season… Continue reading
Part I: Choosing Summer & Winter Boilies
Summer/Winter Boilie Recommendations List
There is no doubt that the right choice of boilie can drastically change a days fishing. Various experiments and field tests have shown that carp can be fussy eaters, and at times will choose one boilie over another, even if the boilies are fished side by side in the same location.
The quickest and easiest way to collect the superior fishing worms from your garden!
Worms are a super fishing bait. Their irresistable wriggling movement, combined with their natural releasing of amino acids into the water, excite and hunger fish often resulting in frantic feeding. They have the potential to catch almost all types of coarse species, appealing to smaller fish along with the larger specimens, and can be used on the hook as well as chopped into groundbait and mixes. The best thing about this killer bait… they’re free!
They are incredibly annoying, widespread, and infuriatingly clever in their bait stealing tactics; we are of course talking about the infamous crayfish in our fishing waters.
In recent years the American Signal Crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) has progressively swept through European fishing waters, including the UK, causing stress, havoc and much grievance amongst anglers.
Losing confidence in your tactics is one thing, but being unsure whether there’s even a bait left on the end of your line is even more demoralising. You could be sitting there waiting for a run that might not even be a possibility in the first place, all because a cheeky crayfish has stolen your hook bait Continue reading
This is nothing new, but every year people fall victim to fake rod licence sites. There were fake rod licence sites around last year and no doubt there will be next year, but people are still being scammed out of their hard earned cash!
A little bit of history on Big Pit Reels, where they came from, their evolution from sea into coarse fishing tackle, how they’re used and why they are so effective..
“The only thing better than landing the fish yourself, is watching your pupil, an individual you’ve taught, make the catch”
One of the best aspects of angling is learning, mastering the skills, and then sharing that knowledge and teaching others. When I started fishing more seriously as a young teenager a large majority of what I knew came from helpful anglers down by the banks of various venues who were prepared to offer their time and advice to show me the different methods they were using Continue reading
A quick and easy, storable groundbait for carp and coarse fish, ideal for single sessions or baiting up areas over a long period of time. Make it at home in less than 5 minutes! Continue reading
As far as fishing equipment goes, bait boats are amongst the most exciting bits of kit you’ll probably ever get to purchase. However choosing a bait boat is not an easy decision given the range, prices and sometimes confusing specifications. Here are a few pointers to help steer your decision and to just as importantly help you maintain your bait boat once purchased, keeping it prime for the water.