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Aug-15-2007 @ 9:35 PM                           Permalink
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I've just decided to have another go at fishing after giving it up as a kid some 26 years ago but have seriously lost touch with what to buy.
All I want for now is a decent rod,reel,floats and some general bits just to get back into it after mooring up and relaxing by the broads.I don't want to catch monster pike as I've done that with my dad when I was a boy. I just want to be able to flick the bait out and relax and if I catch a fish or two then I'll be happy, well so I keep telling myself!!!
I went to a shop today and saw a telescopic shakespeare pro am 7 section 2.7m rod for £18 that I thought would be good to store on the boat but really could do with an honest opinion or two about what to look at without spending the earth to start with.
Is a telescopic rod any good for general broads fishing? What is a decent entry level reel and what price and what size hooks should I use these days?
Any help and advice would be good. I've looked into the rod liecnce so no problem there.
I'm off to the fishing store in Brundall tomorrow and will have a chat to the guy's there.

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HI mate and welcome.
My advice is ask at the tackle shop,i dont like tele rods but thats just me,they seem too stiff.
Basic tackle is not very dear,but please buy a landing net,and barbless hooks .
I get most of my stuff at Lathams in Potter.
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Sounds like good advice to me. Being as kind to the fish is a priority so landing net and barbless hooks will be bought when I get the rod and reel.
Telescopic rods seem a good idea but I always thought of them as gimics and want a rod I can convert from float to ledger fishing to so will have a chat with the guys in the big shop in Norwich on the A140,my nearest shop and see what they suggest.

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Shimano do some travel rods, 6 or 7 pieces some of them (not telescopic. NOT cheap though) they are well rated, have a nice action too.

"John Wilson Signature Avon Quiver" rod is one of the best rated rods for all-round use, has different tips for both float and ledger fishing, ideal for river fishing from a boat, also has an extention piece to go from 11 to 13ft so covers most eventualities, aim to pay around £60. As far as reels go, anything Okuma is good value, pay £30 and you will get a good reel that will last you indefinitely (5 year guarantee anyway) get one with a bait-runner (freespool) facility (extra £10) and it will be useful for any type of fishing, float, feeder or ledger (roach, perch, bream etc)

Another option for general pleasure fishing from the side of the boat / bank is a lightweight 5 meter whip/pole, elasticated lightly through the top 2 sections, great for roach and perch fishing.

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Thanks for the advice on the rods and reel choice. I have been looking at lots of kit but don't really know what half of it is for!!
I found the guy in Brundall tackle place really helpful and like you he suggested a 5 metre whip/pole with the elastic in the top 2 sections and some 5 metre rigs so I fish to hand and see how I get on.
I've been for 2 days running since I bought the pole and rigs and loved every minute of it. On the first day I caught 14 fish with the usual silver stuff and a load of greedy perch that need the discorger!! The biggest perch was just under a pound so a fair size and tested the elastic a bit.
Today, same place and same result but the biggest perch was around half a pound so a good 2 days fishing for me really.
The only question I need to get answered is with the rigs for the pole.
As I have a 5 metre pole and a 5 metre rig I can fish to hand but can get some great deals on 4 metre rigs. What effect will that have on my ability to land the fish, using a net when needed of course. Can I use a 4m rig with a 5m pole or stick with a 5m rig?
I imagine I can and just slide my hand up the pole the extra metre and land to hand when I can and the same for baiting the hook etc.
Sounds like dumb question but I really like using the pole and it is great to start again and enjoy it so much while the wife makes coffee and reads her book!! Bliss on the river!!

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Well mate,
if i may say so you are doing very well,dont worry about the tech stuff just do what you want, it seems to me its working fine.

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I will get the chips on LOL.

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Hi Chris427
I assume the pole consists of 5 x 1 metre sections, when you catch a fish simply remove, (unship), the bottom section when using a 4m rig and your rig will still be "to hand". If you use a 3m rig unship 2 sections, etc.

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Hi
Thanks for the pointers and comments, I'm taking it in and having some fun.
All seems to be going well. I've been out this morning and have found that where I hold the whip/pole compared to the top it is under 4m anyway as there is a metre plus under my arm so no worries with the 4m rigs. It was also suggested that if I get any problems just add a metre of line to the rigs and make them 5m. Never thought of that!!!
Fishing with the pole is better than I thought. As long as you keep the line to the float fairly taught you can feel the bites better than a rod and can strike quicker so it seems I am converted!!
I've got the hang of flicking out the line and landing fish on my own if needed so can't complain really.
I have also found that using a size 16 hook compared to the 18/20 on the rigs I bought is better for getting the hooks out and as it's that bit bigger most fish lip it rather than swallow it. Most of the perch I caught on Sunday spat it out in the net anyway so barbless hooks work well other than I lost 4 fish that came off just before I landed them.
As far as slipping a section off of the pole, Mine is a tele pole that folds down into the final section so a bit tricky but when I've needed to do it I just push a bit more under my arm and do it that way.
I'm thinking perhaps I should have started again earlier and may even dig out my pike fishing gear and have a go at getting a proper size fish. Smile
Great hobby and very relaxing but need to drive away the insects. I got bitten stupid on Sunday even with replelant on.


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