Hi all, as the title suggests I'm looking to get into fishing but after a few days of looking at what to buy I'm still none the wiser.
I live in Worcester right next to a good stretch of the river Severn, so for the location I'm sorted. It's fast flowing, narrow in parts and at the moment it's quite low. People have suggested float fishing to start with but I thought that was hard to do on fast moving stretches of water? I very much like the sound of feeder fishing so I've been looking at those types of rods.
This is a rod that I've come across quite a bit. Am I right in thinking that feeder fishing and ledgering can be done on the same rod as they both use a quiver tip to register bites?
Other then the rod I haven't got very far because I'm not sure what I'll need, it says it comes with a reel but is that pre-loaded with line or do you generally buy that separately?
I'd go down to my local tackle shop but it isn't very local and it's awkward to get to. My budget can be up to around £300 all-in so if you have any suggestions or advice I'd very much welcome them. My license just arrived in the post and I can't wait to get started. Obviously I'll stick around if you need me to answer any questions..
Hi and welcome to the Angling brotherhood, your enthusiasm is very real, and you are obviously champing at the bit. OK where do we start? I live just downstream from you and the Severn can be a beast of a River,not the tranquil Sabrina we see her as now, she can be a difficult mistress and for a novice a real challenge. So I will attempt to put you on the right tracks, if I can.
As you may have gathered the Severn is a good river for Barbel, if you want to try your hand for these then you need PATIENCE in bucket loads as well as bucket loads of ground bait and hemp seed. However there are all other species as well not to mention Bream, so the choice is yours, I mainly fish for Barbel these days so go equipped to tame a VERY hard fighting fish, that is at least a Barbel Rod with a test curve of 1.75 pounds or heavier depending on the state of the River, A Wychwood Rouge rod would be a good choice at about £60. Your reel needs to be good and sturdy, I use Shimano's of the older models mainly because I like the plain black and sturdy look, a good one would be the 5000 series which can be bought off ebay for c,£50 Line would be 10/12lbs breaking strain, loaded to the lip of the spool.
You will need a large landing net and a good handle, such as the Drennan specialist that extends to 9 ft both would cost about £70. Along handle on the Severn is a must, the banks are steep and lethal..safety first.
A seat bank stick, rod rests mat, leads hooks beads, pellet/ boilies etc etc completes, almost, the set up.
The real problem would be how to use the kit, this is where many newcomers fall foul, if you like I would be happy to help bank side to get you started, I have plenty of all gear you could borrow before you dive in so to speak.
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