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How Do I Start?

Discussion in 'Fishing' started by Neptune, Jan 10, 2021.

  1. Neptune

    Neptune Busy Member

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    Okay some (cough) years ago as a teenager I had a white fibreglass 3 piece rod and a Shakespeare (?) reel some hooks floats and line. I drowned some maggots, quite a lot actually and occasionally when I wound in there was something scaly on the end. Not that often though.
    None of your flash nets, seats and boxes a Woolworths carrier bag and some sarnies was about it.
    Anyway, the idea of staring at a float again appeals, in case I'm wrong I don't intend spending a fortune, where the hell do I start, everything looks bloody expensive (and technical)? Spending a fortune visiting a fishing hole then finding I hate it is a possibility and anyway if I want to spend money on something I won't use I'll by another rifle. I don't know anyone else who fishes but I can tie a mean granny knot. I'm not going to travelling the length and breadth of the country but Essex appears to have plenty of muddy puddles to visit.
    I have been sea fishing, caught sod all one time but there again out of 6 on the boat only 1 person caught anything, I caught 1 the next time. I'm probably not a natural
    You probably have some idea of my level of knowledge - I'm asking about fishing on an air gun site
    Tips/Websites/Equipment/Books or you really don't want to start advice gratefully received.
     
  2. That hurts

    That hurts Barely Active

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    @mikeyhall1 is the font of all knowledge when it come to maggot drowning .... just make sure he gives you an AGF discount on any Nash gear he tries to flog you ;):D
     
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    Wurzel1 Engaging Member

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    I’m as far removed from an expert as possible as a kid we just did exactly as you described! But I’m getting back into it and I’ve picked up a book called river cottage handbook no.6 sea fishing. From eBay I’m about 30 pages in but it explains things really well so far I would recommend it
     
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    Wurzel1 Engaging Member

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    Neptune Busy Member

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    I just put Nash fishing in Google, got a bollocking from Google apparently I meant angling and came up with a site that had Chod Links and Ronnie Claw (I think I went to school with him) I might need some serious help or at least a translator.

    Now we are in the ball park a second hand numpties guide, I'm going to start primarily with freshwater (see I'm learning all the technical terms) but I know if I get offered the chance to freeze my nuts off at sea I'll say yes

    Thanks chaps, keep it coming
     
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  6. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin Beast of Bodmin !!

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    Depends how close you are to the coast... and what part of the coast...for sea angling

    I’ve been an avid angler, coarse (freshwater) carp (also freshwater) beach (sea) and boat (like beach but with added puke) since I was 7 years old... sadly, due to my own and my wife’s health needs I havnt looked at my fishing gear in six years

    This time of year is when sea fishing is very productive due to cod and whiting venturing close to shore for us to reach them with a reasonable lob

    the best way to find local hot spots is to ask a local tackle shop.

    I love sea fishing but it’s a very hardy branch of the sport,,, on beach at night in icy cold often raining weather... which is the most productive !!!
    Good waterproofs, head torch and a petrol lantern for warmth are a must !!!

    we have a good little lake on our farm full of carp and other coarse fish, it’s private so has barely seen a hook in 300 years !!!

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    sadly I can look at it from my cottage daily but can’t get to it easily... sob

    I have to be near my wife 24/7 to attend to her toilet needs etc
     
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  7. mikeyhall1

    mikeyhall1 Amazing Poster

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    Where in Essex are you mate? I ask because I’ll point you to a great shop in your area - in this instance the tackle shop is your friend.

    I love float fishing, and make sure I pull away from carp fishing a few times a year to enjoy a day watching a float, also a feeder rod.

    There’s no reason why you shouldn’t get a rod, reel, line, floats, split shot, hooks/hook links, net, unhooking mat, bait box, bag to put it in, something to sit on, bait and catapult for less than £150.

    Whilst the catalogue shops are enticing with their full set ups, but all the mainstream firms such as Fox, Drennan, Shimano, Daiwa and even Middy do budget lines yet the quality is good.

    PS - don’t forget your rod licence ;)
     
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  8. mikeyhall1

    mikeyhall1 Amazing Poster

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    @Neptune Nash is a Carp fishing tackle & bait company, of which I’m a sales manager for.

    It’s likely that if you really get into angling then you’ll have a go for the big carp.
     
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    mikeyhall1 Amazing Poster

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    You still owe me for all that Korda and Fox gear :p
     
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    foxtrott I'll be back

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    I'm fox by name nash by nature :D:D
     
  11. mikeyhall1

    mikeyhall1 Amazing Poster

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    And a kn0b in life, but we like you :p
     
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  12. foxtrott

    foxtrott I'll be back

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    Wow even northerners have feelings :oops:
    Oh no we don't F you :laff:
     
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  13. mikeyhall1

    mikeyhall1 Amazing Poster

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    Good comeback buddy :claping:
     
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  14. foxtrott

    foxtrott I'll be back

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    Lol :D love u pal :thumb:
     
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  15. foxtrott

    foxtrott I'll be back

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    Can't wait to get fishing again pal with you and @Blackmax really do miss it. We can take the pis# in person then. And add a few beers lol :thumb:
     
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    Cammie1314 Doric spikkin teuchter

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    I've never understood this English obsession with tiddler snatching heehee. Seriously though spent some quality time on the Norfolk Broads on a wee row boat watching a float, it's hypnotic! Caught all sorts. All done on a 13' float rod, a wee reel, 3lb line, some weird floats and a no 16 hook. Happy days
     
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  17. mikeyhall1

    mikeyhall1 Amazing Poster

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    Same here mate, we would’ve waited long enough by the time it finally happens.
     
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  18. Neptune

    Neptune Busy Member

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    @mikeyhall1
    Thanks for your offer of help
    I’m near Brentwood.
    Any terms of reference for beginners- books, sites, you tube I can look at?
     
  19. mikeyhall1

    mikeyhall1 Amazing Poster

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    From Brentwood I’d go to Keswalls Angling Centre in Collier Row. They’re on reduced hours but give them a bell, ask for Mark and say Mikey Hall is sending you - you’ll get looked after ;)

    Anglers Mail website is always a good place to start, YouTube wise I’d type in waggler float fishing and you’ll get absolutely thousands of videos, mostly good.

    To add to my previous list.....

    Hook disgorger - very important.

    Not quite sure what Marks got in stock, as everyone has taken up angling since the first lockdown and stock in many cases is a bit sparse as supply is failing to keep up with demand.

    Mark’s a great bloke, become friendly mate and he’ll see you right :)
     
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  20. sagalout

    sagalout What a plinker!

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    At this time of year, don't buy any equipment, just go and sit on the bank. You will catch just as much as every one else and the real bonus is you will find out if sitting doing nothing on the bank in the freezing cold is really worth spending a load of money on :)
     
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