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Boris



Joined: 28 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 10 9:13 pm    Post subject: where can I learn to fish?  Reply with quote    

I have no idea whatsoever about fishing but would like to catch fish for food. But how on earth do I learn? I realise there are books and tv programmes but its not the same as someone showing you? I have learnt how to catch crayfish but thats it, and I only learnt because someone showed me that. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am a middle aged woman, hardly tough! I dont have any male family or friends who fish, which seems to be the way most people learn.

Jamanda
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Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 10 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Where are you Boris? There may be someone on here local to you who would help you out.

Boris



Joined: 28 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 10 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I live in Surrey, in Mytchett

Moniar



Joined: 26 Jan 2009
Posts: 152
Location: Lampeter, west Wales
PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 10 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Join your nearest and most convenient sea fishing club, or book onto a fishing charter boat trip at your nearest fishing port (with a charter skipper who is prepared to give instructions to novices and has gear for hire). Or take a walk along your nearest decent beach or pier about an hour before high tide and have a chat with anyone you see fishing - most anglers I know are prepared to give advice to newcomers.

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't discount books and videos as a good means to get you into the swim. I can guarentee that all fishermen, no matter of what standard, will have read or watched dozens, if not hundreds of them.

SmattyB



Joined: 26 Oct 2006
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Location: Just landed in Aarhus, Denmark.
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A half day boat trip can be a really good learning experience, this link is a good resource. It gives you the phone numbers so you can give the skipper a call to chat about what you might need to take with you. All good boats have full gear for hire. It's a great day out, even if you don't catch too much. I hope you have fun.

http://www.deepsea.co.uk/home_page.htm

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
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Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Or just go & sit on the harbour wall with an icecream & watch what others do.
Paying particular attention to those catching fish.

zigs



Joined: 02 Sep 2005
Posts: 524
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wotcha Boris,

Do you want to learn river/lake fishing or sea fishing ? two different disciplins there.

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
Posts: 19830
Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 10 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My brother in law has had fly fishing lessons (a birthday present) and has got on famously. He had lessons here but you could find out if you have a local fly fishing association. Maybe ask in the local shop or wherever you buy fishing licenses from?

I have just googled and straight away discoverd that you have a lake there used by fishermen, ok, for pike but you might find someone locally who can help.

Boris



Joined: 28 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 10 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thank you all.......I dont live my the sea so I guess it would have to be fresh water fishing but can you catch fish to eat that way?And is it cost effective? I think I would prefer sea fishing if possible. Umm, do I have to have maggots?
Pam

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
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Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 10 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Go and read some books or go on a fishing forum. Get some basic ideas and take it from there.

Trout are delicious freshwater fish and there are others but fly fishing is not cost effective. It's a pleasure and a hobby and will provide you with the occasional delicious supper. Mind you, you could go to one of those places where you fish from specially stocked lakes.

zigs



Joined: 02 Sep 2005
Posts: 524
Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 10 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Course (rivers & stillwaters) fishing involves rod licences & joining angling clubs (there are very few free to fish rivers in the uk, nearest one i can think of near to you is salisbury) There is also a closed season, ending on june 15.

If you can get down to bognor or similar, there is no closed season for sea fishing and you dont need a licence. Get a copy of total sea fishing mag, theres usfull stuff for beginers in it.

http://www.totalseamagazine.com/Home/

Have a look at Anglers net forums too, there are sections on Sea, Course, Kayak fishing, etc.

http://www.anglersnet.co.uk/forums/forums.html

If you want to get into sea fishing, i can talk you thru what you'll need & what to do if you want.

zigs



Joined: 02 Sep 2005
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Location: Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 10 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You don't need maggots for sea fishing

Found a bit of free to fish river nearer to you, here;

http://www.dofreefishing.com/thamesnortheast.html

Boris



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 10 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

So far the merits of sea fishing win my vote, particularly the lack of maggots

Boris



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 10 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The freefishing site was useful, thanks

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