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Rockfishing

2. This is my favoured kit for a spot of rock fishing. Nothing beats using a float and I opt for a rod and reel combo (an Avon style rod is perfect) for targeting the bigger species on an incoming tide, but I like to use a heavy-duty carp pole fished to hand with the elastic tightened right up for tiddler snatching on a low tide.
Reaching some of these spots involves a fair trek, so keep your load to a minimum. A small box of end tackle and cooled bait all fits in a medium backpack leaving my hands free to carry my pole, rod and landing net.
A large bucket is also useful for carrying any fish destined for the table.  Mini species should be released unharmed, but the odd fresh mackerel is delicious - and winter pike think so too!