Originally Posted by stevedonna
I am planning to do a bit of fishing from my ribcraft 4.8!. I have as much fishing experience as boating . All I have caught is mackerel by dangling shiny things in the sea !
Ant tips on getting set up gratefully received . The boat has an A frame
If you're going to the west coast then you could catch a variety of fish, red gurnard, pollock, saithe or coley, haddock on occasion, skate, etc.
Baits all important. Either go down to beach at low tide and where you see the sand casts on the beach - and dig for rag worm. I don't particularly like to handle them (reminds me of the film Dune) but the fish love them!
Alternatively you can buy peeler crab and squid from a local fish tackle shop. All baits need to be kept fresh, so keep them in a cool box and covered with newspaper. If you're going after pollock, then they'll take lures, so a jelly lure or spinner will work too.
Hook wise, then anything that's chemically sharpened with a barb will do, size 3/0 or 4/0. Do a search for setting up tackle, line, and weights.