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Jun-05-2021 @ 9:42 PM                           Permalink
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Thanks for the advice, it's much appreciated. The boys would be mortified if they hurt the fish in any way so I will keep a close eye on this and make sure the fish are treated with respect. ??

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Hi buy a couple of 4 metre whips and a handful of ready made rigs a disgorger and a cheap landing net, the whole lot will set you back £50-60 but will last until the kids are ready to move onto more complicated outfits. Whips dont have reels, the "rig" is the length of the whip so fish can be brought to hand without the hassle of tangles caused by inexperienced kids not being able to reel in.
As for bait, sweetcorn is a decent bait but not for a beginner, first of all the size of a piece of corn will put off a lot of smaller fish, you will also need a bigger hook to accommodate the sweetcorn, again a deterant to smaller fish. Stick a piece of sweetcorn on without feeding the swim with groundbait etc and the unles you are very lucky, the bites will be few and far between.
Maggots are by far the best bait for most silver fish and will attract more bites, single or double maggot on a size 16 hook is the way for begginers, feed a few loose maggots, little and often. If you are worried about maggots escaping then most good tackle shops now sell dead maggots which can catch just as many fish as live ones. So Im told. Personally I prefer live maggots and buy either all red, all white or a mix of the 2, I find the mxd colour maggots to be a waste. Some of the colours dont sèem to be to attract fish at all. The best colour of all were the bronze maggots you used to be able to get but they stopped selling these as I believe the colouring was harmful.
Your local tackle shop should sort you out but if not drop back with your questions.


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