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Old 28 March 2017, 03:12   #11
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Well if it takes 5 mins to catch a fish I'll be ecstatic! I am an adrenaline junkie and never been interested in fishing and never tried it....not got the patience. However, things are somewhat forced on you with kids. Regardless, looking forward to having a go at it with him when there is no wind for windsurfing / when he needs to do something calm.


When you hit mackerel there's no shortage of adrenaline/blood/sh1t, plenty for everyone
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What's a good length rod for mackeral fishing off a boat? 7' 8' 9' for an adult?

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Old 28 March 2017, 03:23   #13
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What's a good length rod for mackeral fishing off a boat? 7' 8' 9' for an adult?


I prefer a shorter rod on a small boat something around the 6-7' mark. Much easier to handle & store in tight conditions. Also a longer rod can make landing more difficult & unstable imo, my rods are 7'. Too short & you struggle to get the fish clear of the water for landing, we don't use a net, bring em in & in-hook em into a bucket. A rod holder on the A frame is a big help.
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Not quite sure if you'll get too many fix'es of Adrenalin on Mackrel in Chichester Harbour
...but a decent Bass on light tackle is pretty good!
Kids also like float fishing..and IME can give you a little more peace
Apart from the books/mags mentioned ...A quick trip to a reputable tackle shop will soon sort you out with the advice you need and have plenty of levels of gear to suit most Budgets.

A portable Barbi and or smoker is also a good idea for Mackrel too!
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Right. Bought a rod & reel. Line & feathers to get from local tackle shop. Read a couple of books on the topic and watched some YouTube videos. Will try and nab some mackerel at the weekend off side of my RIB. How hard can it be?
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Right. Bought a rod & reel. Line & feathers to get from local tackle shop. Read a couple of books on the topic and watched some YouTube videos. Will try and nab some mackerel at the weekend off side of my RIB. How hard can it be?


Might be a bit early yet for mackerel, but you never know, global warming & all that.
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Might be a bit early yet for mackerel, but you never know, global warming & all that.
Yep - agree. However my 7 yr old lad wants a go after his windsurfing session :-)
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Right. Bought a rod & reel. Line & feathers to get from local tackle shop. Read a couple of books on the topic and watched some YouTube videos. Will try and nab some mackerel at the weekend off side of my RIB. How hard can it be?
Only a matter of time until you switch to baited hooks such as peeler crab, squid and king rag and go after the big boys!
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'Big boys' on Crab Squid and prawn???? Nah mate... Get yourself up to Oban - fish the sound of Jura... Six mackies kebabbed on the hook for bait. An hour or more to land it... Adrenalin, and exhaustion, and elation (and bruises!)... Skate fishing is fan-bloody-tastic. Get my next fix in three weeks time. 80lb braid loaded, size 12/0 hooks sharpened, and 200lb leaders tied.... Can't wait!
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I struggle to get excited by fishing, and can't get over folks that fish for pleasure and worse, those that fish to just throw it back in; let alone calling it a sport ! For me, its simply something to do with my son when its not windy, and try and catch some dinner.
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