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Old 29 January 2012, 17:52   #1
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First off I am not an experienced fisherman !

Have done a bit of mackerel fishing in Cornwall and had reasonable success using a cheap £10 telescopic rod and a £40 multiplier reel.

The reel is not too bad but the rod is pretty useless so I was thinking of getting a half decent rod to keep on the boat and some tackle that would allow me to try a few different types of fishing (uptiding etc..)

ANy suggestions about what would form a good basic set up to try my hand. Also any good books for a learner
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Old 29 January 2012, 18:06   #2
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we use 20-30lb rods, 6'6"-7'. Any longer than that & they get unwieldy on a small boat. Fladen do reasonable gear at sensible prices, the fish can't tell the difference
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There are a couple of travel rods on ebay one is an ugly stick the other an Abu Conlon.

Any ideas on either of these?
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Old 29 January 2012, 19:31   #4
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Both tidy makes and generally well-respected by the local fishing gang around here.
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Hi Chris, stick with Penn, a good reel is 330Gt I've had 2 of them for years they are a good all round reel go on Whitby angling website you will get that reel & a good rod combo deal for just over £100 ,you will catch the big ones with that setup just like I do
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Hi Chris, stick with Penn, a good reel is 330Gt I've had 2 of them for years they are a good all round reel go on Whitby angling website you will get that reel & a good rod combo deal for just over £100 ,you will catch the big ones with that setup just like I do
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telescopic rods sound like a good idea for the sib, what makes are recommended
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telescopic rods sound like a good idea for the sib, what makes are recommended
Better off with a decent 4-section spinning rod for Bass,plugging-trolling ect.If space is an issue.
Chris,get yourself a decent up-tider mate.. Abu do plenty for around £40 -£60 then you'll be able to use it in the Channell for Cod fishing in the winter (Without raiding the company Lead stock!) and still use it for Wreck Bass fishing in the summer.We had some Crackers last year.Took 'Big Chris' to my favorite Beach spot and as a complete begginner, fitted him out with a Rod Fixed spool, and Toby's....12 AND A HALF POUNDER BASS!!!... just goes to show 'A Good turn never goes unpunished!!' He's Bloody Hooked now!
Got a good mate who owns a Tackle shop,he used to sponser me when I was into Tournament Casting.. so let me know what you need
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Chris I got one of these but of ebay for £45 but this looks a good price, also Grey's offer a lifetime guarantee. Not bad for £35

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1 use a uptider for tope, 6lb class braid rod with small multiplier for general, 10foot spinning rod for bass, and will be trying a fly rod this year. have mounted a rod rack on a frame, also carry a 40foot sandeel net, and a 30 gallon livebait well. my rib looks like a pin cushion floating on the menia straits..if i had to pick one rod it would be a 9,6, uptide rod, abu 7000 type reel full of 30lb braid..........
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if the menia bass bandits are giving a go this year, let me know, and i will net some bait and show you a few marks, you need a tidal range of 28 to 30 foot, early low water for netting, fishing 3 or 4 marks starting at caernarfon on the flood and finishing near puffin on high water..
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abu 7000 type reel full of 30lb braid..........
A great reel.

Bait is key too. I've used rag worm, fresh peeler crab, squid, etc. Carry hooks, weights, line rigs in a multi-compartment tool box. Fishing bags are a waste of time at sea.
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I've got one of them too - nice bit of kit.
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Might be a little expensive for what you're looking at but I've got a terrific Shimano exage ax stc 20-30lb travel rod that is brilliant. A real high quality rod that breaks down to a small size and goes in to a little tube holder.

Mine is years old and is as good today as the day I bought it. Had Mackerel, Bass, Cod, Conger and Rays on it and is equally happy to give enough sport for playing bream to the surface.

Looks like they've updated the upper grip than that of mine, it's all gone spirally

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and here for the spirally one: ]Shimano Exage AX S.T.C (Travel) Boat Rods - From £76.49 - Poingdestres
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for general inshore fishing the uptide rod is the way to go, mine's a 9"6. Ugly stix.
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I've got a Shahespere cheapo thing, cost me £11 brand new from the local tachle shop and it does the job fine, its 20lb class.
Reel wise I have an old Shakespere charter special reel and a Scarbrough reel.

We used to go on my mates keel boat and use rods with two eyes one of which wasn't the tip one and use Scarbrough reels with a wood screw and end of a broom handle as your handle, still caught stuff!
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20-30lb rods are well to heavy for rib fishing, we only use 8-12lb max 7ft rods armed with shads,eels etc when fishing around the gower for bass caught 10lb bass, 5-10lb cod and 5-8lb rays using light rods. secret of using light rods is using 20-30lb braid line as light line will give before rod will, you can play a big fish using thicker line and light rod
we use mitchell premium 7ft boat rods £15 amazon and ocuma baitcaster reels around £30 so not expensive stuff
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