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Old 24 May 2008, 02:22   #1
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I could do with a bit of help

Relatively new to this activity but just bought a 490 Valiant and in a few weeks off to see the sea for familiy holiday down in the Swanage / Studland area

My young son wants to try has hand at fishing

I have had a bash previously with no success at all


Any recomendations where to fish in that area, what sort of rod or equipment to buy, when to do it etc

Any help gratefully recieved
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Old 24 May 2008, 06:37   #2
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If you get some mackerel traces for around a quid each and some 4oz weights (one trace and one weight per rod, but get some spares in case you snag & lose them ), then you should catch something at that time of year. Nothing complicated or sophisticated and good fun. Any fishing shop will sort you out. I'd recommend you go for a budget 2-piece 6' rod and fixed spool reel, which you should be able to get for 20 - again ask at any fishing shop, or try ebay. The only other thing you'll need is some snap shackle swivels to connect it all up - about a quid for 10 and a spool of 10 lb line for a few quid

Show us some pics of your first catch
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Kids love catching Mackerel - in the summer you can easily catch a load every time you put the hook over the side!!!
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Go into a tackle shop and ask for local advice and a cheap setup (about 25 a go for rod and reel is about right). I've PM'd you some fishing marks round Poole/Swanage.
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Mackerel lures should pay dividends if you're on top of a shoal. They are a mid-water fish, so don't drop the weight too deep. Mackerel will chase anything, right to the surface if need be.

For anything else, cod, etc - you'll need decent bait. I swear by peeler crab, squid, rag-worm and mackerel. These fish are deeper. Drop weights until they hit the bottom, then wind-up so they're a couple of meters of the sea bed. For best results, position yourself over a wreck, or rocky ground.
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If you get some mackerel traces for around a quid each and some 4oz weights (one trace and one weight per rod, but get some spares in case you snag & lose them ), then you should catch something at that time of year. Nothing complicated or sophisticated and good fun. Any fishing shop will sort you out. I'd recommend you go for a budget 2-piece 6' rod and fixed spool reel, which you should be able to get for 20 - again ask at any fishing shop, or try ebay. The only other thing you'll need is some snap shackle swivels to connect it all up - about a quid for 10 and a spool of 10 lb line for a few quid

Show us some pics of your first catch
Now that shows confidence!

I will go onto eBay and then try a fsihing shop
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Kids love catching Mackerel - in the summer you can easily catch a load every time you put the hook over the side!!!

DO you drop a line over the side? or simply tow it behind you ?

Bait?
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DO you drop a line over the side? or simply tow it behind you ?

Bait?
You don't need bait for mackerel - they are so greedy they will even take a shiny hook!!! The feathers are just that - with a few shiny bits. All you do is jig the rod up and down fairly near the surface.

once there were so many fish under us the echosounder couldn't even see the bottom. We were in 60' of water but the depth guage said 20'. Put a 6 feather trace over the side and you get 6 jerks on the rod - 6 fish in one go!!! To be honest a 6 trace is too unweildy - a 4 trace is better.
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6 fish in one go!!!
Where's the sport in that?

Unless you're after them for bait for something bigger or you've got a big family to feed, why not use a light spinning rod with a single spinner?

It always seems strange to me that people go mackerel fishing, catch far more than they could ever use and then throw them in the bin. If you're not gonna eat it, why kill it?
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Where's the sport in that?

Unless you're after them for bait for something bigger or you've got a big family to feed, why not use a light spinning rod with a single spinner?

It always seems strange to me that people go mackerel fishing, catch far more than they could ever use and then throw them in the bin. If you're not gonna eat it, why kill it?
None at all and I fully agree - however the kids were loving it(3 girls). The fish weren't wasted - I had some African friends over doing their degrees in Swansea . They were very greatful for the fish - ate every little bit - even the heads - yuch!!!
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