This week’s Angler’s Mail HQ blog is by assistant editor (production) Richard Holroyd.
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BEST EVER BARGAINS
We have all got fishing tackle and fish certain waters that we consider to be a bargain. To me, a bargain doesn’t necessarily mean cheap as I’ve been let down in the past by pieces of kit that were available at rock-bottom prices.
Whenever purchasing tackle, I always buy from reputable companies, and many of them now produce quality budget models at reasonable prices. You don’t always have to buy from tackle companies, though, as I’ve found that you can utilize everyday items into your fishing.
Here’s my top seven best bargains…
I first got into kayak fishing as a teenager when I spent three months working in France. I used to fish the Dordogne river to catch perch on spinners. I got back into it a few years ago and I can now fish marks that are not reachable from the shore or bank. My kayak cost a few hundred pounds and keeps me much fitter, than if I were to fish from a boat.
The plastic containers that you get from Chinese takeaway shops make idea storage boxes for rigs and terminal tackle. As I like to travel light, one container is normally all I need. If you need more space, then how about using an ice cream tub. I’ve also recycled bigger plastic containers with handles to keep livebaits in.
I wouldn’t even contemplate going on my kayak without a lifejacket. It’s definitely money well spent and an absolute bargain if you were to capsize and it saves your life.
4 Elasticated whip
The first piece of tackle I bought for my son was an elasticated whip that cost under £20. They are easy to use and ideal fishing starter kits.
5 Free waters
There are lots of free waters to fish. Not only do I have quality shore marks near where I live, but also free stretches of river and also a large expanse of water that contains quality pike. It’s worth investigating if there are any free waters near you. And just because they don’t cost anything to fish, doesn’t mean they aren’t any good to fish.
We all like to fish day ticket commercial waters for easy sport now and again, but the value for money over the long term is with a club membership. Clubs normally have an array of waters to fish on their books, containing quality stocks of fish.
In winter it is vitally important to stay warm on the banks to make fishing enjoyable. I have had a Fladen undersuit for a number of years and it makes an excellent base layer to keep the body snug.
Knots. It’s important to learn how to tie them correctly. The grinner is explained in this week’s mag.
Colds. The latest virus has spread around the AM office.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
SUPERALITIVE COARSE BREAD FOR RIVERS
Bill Rushmer shows how to make a wonderful, low-cost groundbait for rivers.
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