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Old 06 January 2016, 11:43   #11
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I would recommend that you go in to a decent tackle shop, take any advice offered and buy a cheapish package. The shorter kayak rods could be ideal for a 6 year old. But if not a lightweight 6 foot or less boat rod no more than a 12lb class. I would say a cheap multiplier would be ideal for dropping bait straight down. Get a star drag clutch as you can adjust the freespool drag settings to prevent over run. Don't use braid! It'll cut in to little damp fingers too easily. So get monofilament about 15lbs should be plenty to start off with.
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Old 06 January 2016, 13:07   #12
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Ha, I knew you would get loads of different advice. I do use braid as it lets me use less weight therefore you can use lighter tackle. Also the bite detection is great. More expensive though!
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Old 06 January 2016, 15:52   #13
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Ha, I knew you would get loads of different advice. I do use braid as it lets me use less weight therefore you can use lighter tackle. Also the bite detection is great. More expensive though!

I'd go 9ft spinning rod fixed spool reel & braid ideal for small sibs it will keep the hooks away from the sib as well when reeling up there's plenty combo outfits out there can't go wrong with penn fishing gear & it'll last if wash down after use 👍
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Old 06 January 2016, 17:47   #14
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My kids all got into fishing at around 4yrs old (eldest now 15).

Any decent tackle store owners normally help out a new and hopefully life time new young customer. Even the best tackle stores have budget gear tailored towards kids, often in their favorate colours etc.

My kids started very young as I did at 4 yrs old. Mine were lucky to have the opportunity to use braided lines right from the start. This makes the smallest of bites easier for kids to feel and allows them to fish with far less lead.

There's no reason a child or adult should cut themselves on braid (they don't need to hold the line) and if they did they could do the same with mono. I always join a mono leader to braid.

Multi's are to hard for most kids starting out with in my opinion and over this side of the pond fast becoming less used even by adults. Over here anglers are using spin reels on giant tuna, Marlin and all sorts of once thought unstoppable fish.

My kids get semi sponsorship from a few companies now which has been quite hard as often they were given gear they didn't really enjoy using even though it was free. They tend to now use very short (5ft) parabolic rods with spin reels capable of extreme drag settings for knocking over broadbill, tuna and yellowtail kingfish etc (yes they do).

We tend to use mainly circle hooks unless lure fishing, even on lures we swap the trebles for singles which give better hook up rates as well as less dangerouse for kids. We never seem to worry about hooks in our rib even while constantly jigging where things can become kayotic at times.

Over here shimano give 10 year warranties on all their reels even the cheap kids reels which is a or great testimate to the company. At times my kids set themselves challenges on the best fish on the cheapest outfit, this normally ends with big dolphin fish around 10kg on a sub 10 outfit.


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Old 06 January 2016, 18:11   #15
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My kids all got into fishing at around 4yrs old (eldest now 15).

Any decent tackle store owners normally help out a new and hopefully life time new young customer. Even the best tackle stores have budget gear tailored towards kids, often in their favorate colours etc.

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Went into a tackle shop in Penzance last summer & they had a selection of rods & reels in what I can best describe as Barbie pink. I kid you not. (And yes, I was briefly tempted, if only for the entertainment value!)
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Went into a tackle shop in Penzance last summer & they had a selection of rods & reels in what I can best describe as Barbie pink. I kid you not. (And yes, I was briefly tempted, if only for the entertainment value!)
We have a barbie pink outfit from their younger days.

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I usually flatten barbs - esp on trebles as it makes unhooking from the fish AND the net much easier. Plus less damage to fish being put back. (Same as I do with coarse & trout fishing.)
I've had a play with circles but the majority of my boat fishing I use one or other of the various lures - eels, shads, worms - by Redgill, Eddystone etc which generally come with their own hooks.
Plugs & spoons seem to invariably come with trebles & I'm interested in your comment about conversion to singles. Are you using standard singles or the ones that are sold supposedly specifically for converting - this sort of thing: OWNER HOOKS - Treble Hooks
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I usually flatten barbs - esp on trebles as it makes unhooking from the fish AND the net much easier. Plus less damage to fish being put back. (Same as I do with coarse & trout fishing.)
I've had a play with circles but the majority of my boat fishing I use one or other of the various lures - eels, shads, worms - by Redgill, Eddystone etc which generally come with their own hooks.
Plugs & spoons seem to invariably come with trebles & I'm interested in your comment about conversion to singles. Are you using standard singles or the ones that are sold supposedly specifically for converting - this sort of thing: OWNER HOOKS - Treble Hooks
Singles tend to have better holding rates than trebles on game fish. Even these little x-raps hold well on tuna, I think they would make a good lure on big bass. By the way I believe you have new regulations and are no longer slowed to take bass, with huge fines for anyone that does.

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Old 08 January 2016, 06:40   #19
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Thanks. I'll buy some & pop them on the plugs I have. I pike fish as well so be interesting to see the difference.
The latest on the bass situation is that from January to June:
1. Sport anglers will not be allowed to keep any.
2. Commercial fishing for them will be stopped for 2 months then normal service will resume for them.
This is a letter to George Eustice MP from the Cornish Federation of Sea Anglers:
Blog €” Henry Gilbey
Quite what will happen during the 2 months to those caught as bycatch by the commercials in view of the discard changes I don't know.
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I still use my Daiwa SGA1355 reel which I bought in about 1980. It has about 5000,000 miles on it lol. As long as it's not crushed and maintained - lubricated Never had a problem with it. Though it's been used only in fresh water. Feel the important thing is using a high quality line. As for the rod..most all, depending on budget work.
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