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misty07

beach fishing

question is i want to be able to go beach fishing trouble is nearest beach is an hour away but what are the rles etc would i be able to just turn up and fish wat wuld i expect to catch whats best bait for beach and any thing i should know to be safe? besides the obviouse
dpack

hi there ,big subject .
the basics are you can eat the seafish but not sell them ,some places have restrictions so as not to hook tourists etc
dont fall over or get drowned
a good general bait for shore fishing is very fresh oily fish or live ragworm
as a beginner i recon dont worry about fancy kit ,it is to place a bait and haul a fish so keep it simple ,

read books ,check the seafishing websites ,local knowledge is ace

have fun
crickleymal

Your best bet is to go to your local library and get out a book on sea fishing. You don't have to join, just get a book off the shelf and read it there, then put it back.

I haven't done much since I was a child but as far as I know there are no restrictions provided people aren't bathing there. As for bait, I've had success with lug worms although all I caught was eels. I know people round the Severn estuary have caught dogfish. You could also try spinners.
Mafro

If you could let us know what your nearest areas are it would be beneficial, as there may be people with local knowledge who could give you some tips, or even take you out a few times.

As has already been said, there is no need to buy expensive gear, especially if you dont know if you are going to like it.

Depending on where you are going to be fishing could also alter what gear you are after. For example if you are going to be pier fishing you wont need as big a rod as you will for beach fishing.
gardening-girl

My OH does beach fishing on the Dorset coast.He uses a beach caster rod and feathers for bait if its mackerall .Otherwise he uses peeler crabs and sand eels for bait if hes bass fishing.
misty07

hi

i got givern a rod years ago a good 10yrs if not longer as i was intrested in course fishing by my grandadbut he gave me a sea fishing rod he saw it at a carboot sort of thing i dont know anything about it but just know its for the sea is there a differance between beach rod and boat rod?
Gervase

Quite a difference - a boat road is short and stubby because you don't have to cast far; a beach rod is long and whippy so you can cast out beyond the surf.
Tavascarow

Gervase wrote:
Quite a difference - a boat road is short and stubby because you don't have to cast far; a beach rod is long and whippy so you can cast out beyond the surf.

Indeed & if you are a beginner at casting a fixed spool reel not a multiplier.
I've found the best multipurpose bait for beach fishing is live lugworm, ragworm second & fresh sand eel third.
& it's much better if you start to fish when the tide is out, that way your bait is always in deeper water.
If you start to fish at high tide you will be forever chasing the tide out.
If the sea is to rough your bait will literaly be thrown back on the beach so if theres a big surf don't bother.
To avoid catching swimming tourists & surfers. I always do mine at night.
mihto

I'm such a basic person. Embarassed

Light rod for trout.

Heavier rod for sea fishing.

Put appropriate lure/feathers/bait on line and cast until enough fish.

Alternatively buy more freezing space. Embarassed Embarassed
dpack

however a boat rod can be a good pier/harbour wall tool,swing and dangle, many nice fish will come very close to the thing you are standing on
my last time in a new place i got several nice fish with a handline off the dock by looking for a flow of water which would deliver food to fish and dropping my worm there ,a few feet from the wall ,next day same tactic none

casting distance only matters if the fish are far away ,finding the fish is the most important thing ,they can be very close to your feet or far away

if im taking full kit i use a collapsable carbon fibre beachcaster 6/8 oz ,a good multiplying reel and 30lb line for general sea fishing from the shore ,rocks or docks

i put either sinking ,floating ,jigging or spinnning rig on the end depending on conditions .

this kit is not best for any task but is very adaptable to many options

i recon second hand 50 would cover it ,new maybe 100 +

hooks should be best quality metal ,strongest available ,small (you can catch a big fish on a small hook but not t'other way round ) i use heavey stainless steel about 12mm shank and 8mm dia curve with a twist and a very sharp point

forage at low tide for tackle lost by others and check good areas for fishing later and good bait

location /species/activity/tackle/skill/chance/paitience/adaptability

enjoy the situation
mihto

Forgot to say: watch the tide. Best fishing two hours before high tide and one hour after.
misty07

hi

this rod of mine of what i can remember is its been up in my mums attic since i got it is its white about 6ft possibly about 8ft its got like a rubber ball at the but of the rod its got the reel and line with what i can remember like paper clips or simular wire as hooks. any places people would reccamend and what fish is the easiest to catch any good shops to get supplies from?
dpack

your local tackle shop should have hooks /line (old line is rubbish) oil the reel go and play Wink
Tavascarow

Re: hi

daddymatty82 wrote:
this rod of mine of what i can remember is its been up in my mums attic since i got it is its white about 6ft possibly about 8ft its got like a rubber ball at the but of the rod its got the reel and line with what i can remember like paper clips or simular wire as hooks. any places people would reccamend and what fish is the easiest to catch any good shops to get supplies from?

Sounds more like a rod suitable for boat or pier where casting distance isn't important.
You need something 10 to 12ft with enough strength & flex to throw a 2 oz lead 70m plus out to sea.
Something like this
misty07

hi

local areas would be sort of bournemouth weymouth weston super mare brean i think that would be about a hour away from me them places
woody guthrie

If you are fishing from a beach a 12 ft rod and fixed spool reel would be ideal, 15 to 20lb mainline plus a shockleader of 50lb (this is a length of heavier line about twice the length of your rod to allow you to cast without snapping your line.) You can buy traces already made up from your tackle shop, two or three hook flapper rigs allow you to try a few different baits with each cast. You will need some 2, 4, 6oz weights with wire grips to hold your tackle in the tide and some bait elastic to hold your bait on. Bait is best as fresh as possible, lugworms, ragworms, sandeels, peeler crabs or mackerel but all are available frozen in tackle shops. The ability to cast long distances is very handy but casting short into the surf picks up Bass and many other species, piers and harbour walls enable you to get into fishy areas a bit more easily. If you fish at night, which I find is best, a good head torch and lamp plus warm clothes is a must. You need to watch the tides and fishing a rising tide is usually best but an ebbing tide is sometimes just as productive.
This site http://www.gofishing.co.uk/Sea-Angler/ seems to have plenty of info on techniques and gear, I dont have any local info for you as I live in Ireland but if you are ever down in Cork I will show you a few beaches to fish.
gardening-girl

Can you fish at WSM and Brean?Down the coast from Bournemouth would be good, towards WestBay/West Bexington.
SmattyB

Hi,

I used to fish Bristol Channel regularly for many years. It does need long rods, distance casting and grip leads because of the speed of the tide. I would not recommend the area to start out. The beaches can also be very dangerous, again because of the tide & mud.

Bournemouth area would be a much better starting point. Lots of structure to fish from, piers jetties etc. If you add a reasonable sea spinning rod to your boat rod, you can have lots of fun (and some good dinners too). Once you have got the hang of the style, you could move onto full beachcasting which will start to cost a bit more money. A really good source of information is WSF.

http://www.worldseafishing.com/forums/

The forums give you a good idea of what is being caught when and which baits are working best. You might even find someone in your area that is willing to go fishing with you to give some pointers, as has been said before, local knowledge is best. Once you start though, you won't be able to stop, it's quite addictive Very Happy
misty07

so

so what kind of fish could be cought off the beach? what would be mostly cought?
pricey

Come to b'mth I will take you out and show you some good spots Wink
misty07

hi

cool when i get back on the road and get some money together il pop down clutch went on the car xmas eve and being unemployed and them not paying because partner gets 25 to much i dont get no money at all so when i have sorted il give ya a shout
misty07

hi

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/fishing/equipment/rods/pier-beach

would these be any good?
zigs

Hi daddymatty82,

Have a look at this little thread i've got going on anglers net

http://www.anglersnet.co.uk/forums/Mackerel-fishing-t73303.html

The forums have lots of usefull stuff you might like too, have a look around.

You will need a shock leader for casting, to take the strain of the lead. This is just a stronger bit of line tied to the end of the main line. 10lb of breaking strain for every 1oz of lead used. so 5oz weight needs 50lb shock leader. tackle shop will help you if you ask them. Good luck.
misty07

im going to brean sands in june and im wanting to try something when im away as it will be on my doorstep for a week and want to do as much as poss while i got the chance with the minimal spent
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