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UK Sea Fishing FAQ Sea Angling Tackle. The equipment you will need an use to fish effectively around the shores of the UK.

UK Sea Angling Shore Tackle

U.K. Sea Fishing FAQ   -   Pysgota Mor y Deyrnas Gyfunol

UK Sea Fishing Shore Tackle

7. Tackle
  7.1 Shore Tackle
    7.1.1 What sort of rod do I need for shore fishing?
      There is no single rod that covers every aspect of shore fishing in
      the U.K. Below are listed typical rods, and their uses, decide which
      suit your fishing needs.

      a) Standard Beachcasting.
      This is the most common beach rod. Overall length of 11 - 13 feet,
      in two sections. These sections may be equal, or are a longer tip of
      about 8 feet and a shorter butt. Rods with more than two sections
      are not usually recommended. Most modern rods are of a fast or very
      fast taper, this means that the butt of the rod is stiff, with the
      tip more flexible. The majority of beach rods are designed to cast 5
      ounces.  Rods that claim to cast 8 ounces are rarely happy with that
      amount of weight. Handles consist of either a fixed reel seat, or
      lightweight coaster clips. Coasters have the advantage that the reel
      can be positioned at the ideal position for casting, not at the
      point chosen by the rods designer. The rods may be ringed for either
      multiplier or fixed spool use.

      b) Bass Rod
      A beach rod designed to cast 1-3 or 2-4 ounces is usually described
      as a bass rod. This description belies the versatility of such a
      rod.  The length is usually 11-12 feet, and these rods are almost
      always of two equal sections with a fixed reel seat. A bass rod is
      ideal for estuary fishing for flatfish, can be used for float
      fishing, and makes an excellent heavy spinning rod.

      c) Spinning Rod
      These are rarely advertised by tackle shops in sea angling
      magazines, but can be used for great fun with light tackle.
      Most spinning rods suitable for sea use are 8-10 feet long and cast
      1 - 1.5 ounces. But do not discount smaller, lighter rods.
      As well as spinning, these rods make ideal light boat rods for fish
      such as black bream (but not always on a crowded charter boat) Most
      spinning rods in the U.K. are designed for use with fixed spool

      d) Other rods.
      Depending on the areas you fish, you may find a need for a heavy
      beachcaster for fishing rough ground; a coarse angler's rod for
      mullet fishing; or other specialist rods.

    7.1.2 What sort of reel do you use for shore fishing?
      Small multipliers such as the ABU 6000 series and Daiwa 7HT are the
      most popular reels for shore fishing in the U.K. The reels are usually
      loaded with about 250-300 yards of 15lb line. Fixed spool reels
      are not popular amongst serious anglers, although good modern reels
      are now being made by Shimano and Daiwa.
      For fishing rough ground 7000 or 9000 size reels are used with lines
      of 25-35 lb breaking strain.

    7.1.3 Why do some rods have a long tip and a shorter butt?
      Most rods which come in two equal sections have the position of the joint
      decided without any reference to the rod's action. Modern beachcasters
      have an action which can be thought of as three separate zones.
      The tip, zone 1, is mainly concerned with bite detection, and has little
      role to play in casting apart from smoothing the turn-over of the lead.
      This is usually the top 18 inches of the rod.
      The middle, or zone 2, is where the power of a cast is stored and then
      released. This extends from the end of zone 1 to about 6-18 inches above
      the upper hand grip.
      The butt, or zone 3, is usually a very stiff, parallel sided, carbon tube.
      The aim of the butt is to transfer the power generated by your arms and
      body into stored energy in zone 2 during the cast.
      A rod joined in two equal sections would have the spigot somewhere in the
      middle of zone 2. This is not ideal since any joint disturbs the natural
      action of the blank. A long tip, short butt rod is designed with the
      joint at the junction of zones 2 and 3. Since the butt is very stiff
      anyway, the extra thickness of the rod at the joint does not alter the
      action of the rod.

Jun 9 1998, 12:00 am

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U.K. Sea Fishing FAQ - Pysgota Mor y Deyrnas Gyfunol - Compiled by : Colin Albert
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