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Apr-15-2009 @ 3:34 AM                           Permalink
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I am going to be on the Broads for 4 days at the end of June and would like to do some fishing. The problem is I am coming from Florida and I don't have any fishing tackle. Does anyone know where I could rent any?
I pick up the boat up at Wroxham. I would also appreciate any tips on where to fish and what is best to aim for in June/July.....thanks

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Apr-15-2009 @ 7:39 AM                           Permalink
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Hi Moses, welcome both to the forum and the UK.

Angling in this country is a very different beast to what you have in the the US.

I am not aware of any tackle rental companies so I am afraid that you will have to buy, and I am afraid we don't have any BassPro's around here, nor BassPro prices!

What do you want to catch? We do have Northern Pike and Perch that both respond to US style lure fishing. Indeed a 45 pound pike was caught this last winter on Hickling Broad. Suitable tackle can be bought at lathams of Potter Heigham or Wroxham Angling Centre.  

For most holiday anglers roach and bream is the primary species and for that you need tackle that is probably quite alien to you! A search on UK angling forums for such terms as whips, poles and feeder rods will put you right. Once again Lathams, and Lathams is more discount orientated, and also Wroxham Angling Centre will give you advice.

Personally I would nip into your local BassPro or whatever and buy a travel rod & bring some gear with you. You will need wire traces for Northerns but other than that standard bass stuff will catch.

For catching tiddlers a 5 metre whip will do a treat. Don't need a reel but a landing net, terminal tackle etc., in Lathams, £30.00 to £50.00 will set you up a treat. But you will probably end up dumping it at the end of the holiday.

Jenny Morgan,
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Just a thought, Moses, maybe one of us could meet up with you, lend you some tackle and show you the ropes. But that would mean tying up one of your valuable four days or better, one of your evenings. I sense a social event coming on!! A number of us met up with a man and his wife from Florida a couple of years ago and took them fishing. They caught but couldn't believe that we carried on fishing in the rain! But they did enjoy British fish and chips afterwards!

Jenny Morgan,
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Thanks for the come back. Very nice of you to offer to lend me some gear but I'd rather not risk it. I am somewhat used to the fishing in England fished as a kid. Last time I was over I bought one of those cheap extending rods with the bit of rubber coming out the end. I was going to adapt it for use over here but never did. The guy in the shop trimmed off a bit of the end and set it up with a pretty strong rubber so I wonder if it might be a bit heavy for them little roach.
I will take your advice and bring one of my bass rods and some plugs for the pike. I really would like to catch some bream or tench but I guess I would need a regular 12ft rod and reel set up for that. I do have the one I used when I lived in England but might be a bit of a bother to lug it over.
I fish on the Ocean mostly and the stuff I might catch in England is about the size of our bait Smile  (Cept the Pike)
Thanks again

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Hi there..
As said by peter the easiest thing to do is buy a bit of cheap gear, im sure you could get some for 30-40 pound, you wont need too much if its only for a bit of fun, also as said im sure a few of us could get together and have a fishing session and put a bit of gear together for you......
If you have fished our style before it wont be too hard for you, Whatever you do i hope you have a great time..........


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