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Old 05 January 2016, 07:36   #1
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Fishing from SIB - tackle advice

Calling all you SIB fishermen (and ladies) out there...

So I want to get my son a rod for fishing off the SIB… there seem to be far too many options around for me to make a sensible decision. He’s only 6 (about the age I first went fishing) so something he can handle easily is a must, 6ft – 7ft max, but also something that should he hook a cod or several mackerel will handle the load when dad steps in to help. Also something dad can steal/borrow when son is not on board.

I’m stuck between getting a no-brand rod & multiplier for about 30 (something like rod+reel) or getting something that is a little better and will last, perhaps 20-30 on a rod and 60 ish on a multiplier (rod and reel ).

Or even this 2xrod+reel so we can compete ;-)

I’ve not bought tackle for 20 odd years but seem to recall Shakespeare and Daiwa were brands to be trusted back in the day.

I don't want to break the bank as this is a bit of fun/not serious fishing but similarly I don't want something that will frustrate him or I and become a chore due to cheap kit... buy good buy once and all that!

Any help would be appreciated – thanks.

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Hi Stig

I'd be looking at the shimano vengeance spinning rod around 20-30 and a fixed spool reel to match the rod.

It's down to personal taste but I much prefer the lighter rods which allow the fish to give a good fight. I'm guessing you will be inshore fishing and have to be realistic at the size of fish you are likely to catch.
Multipliers and youngsters? Not for me, they will look like Slinky Malinki in no time with over runs, birds nests etc..

With proper technique, lift and wind down, a light rod can play and land a big fish no problem. But for me anyway, it's not much fun landing small stuff on a 20-30lbs class poker.

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I found a 7 foot rod was a bit long and a faff about on my 3.2 sib so I bought a 5 foot boat rod much better something like this on ebay
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I ordered from Glasgow angling centre loads of choice and advice.

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Thanks, I'll give them a call tomorrow
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For 'normal' drop-it-down-wind-it-up boat fishing you could do a lot worse than the 2 rod outfit you've listed as a starter kit.
The reels have level winds & that will save you having to lay the line using your thumb evenly across the spool every time you retrieve which soon becomes a PITA.
Perfectly capable of dealing with most things you come across - esp a full house of mackerel!
If you want to cast then I'd agree with SteveM as you'll find it easier with a fixed spool.
My own boat rods are by Penn - bought for next to nothing at a tackle show years ago - 6' long 15-30lb class (I wouldn't go any heavier) with Abu Ambassador 6000 multipliers loaded with braid. I use carp rods - 12' - with fixed spool reels also loaded with braid for plugging & spinning. And trout fly rods which are huge fun for mackerel & bass plus the number of surprised faces when I unload a fly rod from the boat at the end of the day!
Might be worth you considering making up a lanyard to put on your son's rod just to be sure it doesn't disappear over the side.
I've had stuff from Glasgow Angling Centre & never had any problems dealing with them.

(I'd suggest around a dozen leads & attach them to the end of the traces with paper clips. When the lead does get stuck the clip will usually straighten out & you'll only lose the lead.)
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definitely recommend braid line worth the extra money
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Stick with a fixed spool, so much easier for them. My kids each had one of these to use - New Kayak/Canoe Fishing Rod + Abu Reel + Line, Ocean,Sea,River | eBay

Not the best but small enough to fit on the sib easily, great to use and I've had three mackerel at a time on and a few fairly big pollack and it copes well.

Also worth adding a leash and clipping on as they little ones do have a habit of dropping things.............
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Stick with a fixed spool, so much easier for them. My kids each had one of these to use - New Kayak/Canoe Fishing Rod + Abu Reel + Line, Ocean,Sea,River | eBay

Sounds great, I'm sure that in the early years something cheap, easy and not costing a fortune is the best... Thanks all
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Agree with the other comments on the spin reels, my kids started off with them and still use them now from catching bait to broadbill.

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