U.K. Sea Fishing FAQ - Pysgota Mor y Deyrnas Gyfunol
UK Sea Fishing Boat Tackle
7.2 Boat Tackle
7.2.1 What sort of rod do I need for boat fishing?
As stated above for shore fishing, no single rod can cover every aspect
of boat fishing. Below are listed the main types of rods used.
a) Conventional Boat Rods.
These are also known as downtide rods. They are usually 6.5 - 7.5 feet
long and are often in two pieces - a short butt and long tip joined at
the reel seat. Most rods are known by their IGFA rating - this states
the recommended line strength to use with the rod.
The most common IGFA ratings used are 20lb, 30lb and 50lb class.
NOTE - The IGFA rating used on UK rods may be considerably different
to an American rod of the same class. (UK rods are lighter.)
The most common rod is a 30lb class. It is best to check the rods
yourself as there is no standard for the line class labels. One
manufacturer's 30lb class rod may be stiffer than another's 50lb!!
Older rods were made with wooden butts, though these are becomming less
common. Carbon or glass-fibre is usually used nowadays.
Some rods have roller rings / roller tip rings, these are not necessary
unless you are using wire line. The best rollers are AFTCO, but they are
expensive. It is much better to have good quality lined rings than cheap
b) Uptide rods.
These are much longer than the conventional rods. Uptiders are 9.5 to
10.5 feet long. They are designed to cast a lead away from the boat and
so have longer handles, for better casting. Again these rods most often
come in two unequal sections, a six foot tip and separate butt.
The rods are classified according to their casting weight, with 4-6oz
and 6-8oz being most common.
c) Specialist Rods.
I will include very light tackle, very heavy tackle, and spinning gear
under this category. Depending on the area you fish, you may have a need
for very light tackle - 12lb, 6lb class gear; heavy gear - 80lb class.
There is not much call for 130lb class around the U.K. Other specialist
gear includes wire line tackle - often used around the Needles on the
Isle of Wight.
The best way to decide which of these rods suit your needs most is to
ask anglers and charter skippers in the areas you wish to fish.
7.2.2 What sort of reel do you use for boat fishing?
The majority of reels used in boat fishing are multipliers. Fixed
spool reels are only used for very light tackle fishing. Centre pin
reels are still used by some anglers in the north east, but are very
basic and cannot be seriously recommended.
The size of reel is decided by the type and class of rod you are
using. For uptiding the reel must be capable of casting without
overruning. ABU 7000 size reels are the most popular uptide reels. It
is possible to use smaller reels, such as the 6000's and the Daiwa 7HT
for uptiding, but the gears are not as tough as the larger reels such
as 7000's and Daiwa SL20 & SL30. Also there is a danger of
bursting the spool on the smaller reels due to the increased
pressure that a large fish may put on the line when being wound onto
the spool. Uptide reels need to hold about 250-300 yards of line.
General boat reels will need to hold about 300 yards of line matched
to the class of the rod. It is possible to use a heavier line than the
rod is rated, but beware of overloading the gears. Most multipliers
have a clutch controlled by a star wheel. There will also be a
separate lever to disengage the gears completely. Avoid reels with
plastic spools for boat fishing.
Small lever drag reels are becomming more popular with most
manufacturers producing a range of models. As with most things you
get what you pay for! There is no lever to disengage the gears on a
lever drag reel, you simply back the drag right off to release line.
Lever drag reels are not suitable for casting as the gears cannot be
For heavy duty work, such as wrecking, shark or common skate fishing,
strong reels such as Penn Senators, Daiwa Sealines are recommended.
These reels are mainly used is sizes 6/0 for 50lb class and 9/0 for
80lb class, though some anglers use these reels with 30 and 50 pound
line respectivly for increased capacity. These reels have very strong
gears and with care will easily last a lifetime.
There is only a limited market for big-game reels such as Everols,
Fin-Nor or Penn Internationals in the U.K.
Jun 9 1998, 12:00 am
U.K. Sea Fishing FAQ - Pysgota Mor y Deyrnas Gyfunol - Compiled by : Colin Albert
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