If you’re looking to get started in the world of fishing, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Whether you are considering trying out a new summer hobby, are heading off on your first fishing weekend or want to join your friends or family by the bank, building up your own kit from scratch is easier than initially meets the eye. By Starting with the essentials and then gradually building up to the extras such as a comfy fishing bed and a selection of bait, you can watch as your knowledge, skills and kit grow simultaneously.
Grab your license
In the majority of cases, you will be required to have a fishing license to head out fishing. It is a legality to have purchased this before you turn up so be sure to check the regulations of the location you are planning on visiting beforehand. You can choose to buy a license for 1 day, 8 days or 12 months depending on how much usage you plan to get from it, but a one day license will set you back around £6.
Buying the essentials
Let’s start with the obvious; a fishing rod. With hundreds of different brands and models on the market, knowing where to look can feel overwhelming. For beginners on a budget, we recommend finding a combo deal to get the best value for money and killing two birds with one stone. A combo is when the rod and reel are sold together, making up the foundations of your kit and ensuring the two are compatible so you can get started in no time.
Now that you’ve got your rod at the ready, it’s time to lure the fish over. Choosing the right bait for the type of fishing trip you are heading on will help give you the best chance of success. The colours, flavours and types of bait are all designed for different types of fish and the conditions of the water you are heading to so having an understanding of this prior will help you out. Speaking to any keen anglers or asking for advice at your local angling store will help you make the best decision for you.
To keep costs down to a minimum, doing your research beforehand will help you plan for your trip. Dress appropriately to stay warm, dry and comfortable for a day at the bank, wearing layers which can easily be added or removed as needed. We recommend wearing neutral coloured clothing to help you stay camouflaged and of course wear sensible shoes which are suitable for muddy terrain.
Packing your fishing gear in suitable luggage which is easy to carry down to the bank will help you stay organised and less likely to forget the essentials. Be sure to also pack what you will need for the day, including plenty of drink, food and practical additions such as hand wipes, a mini first aid kit and a torch if you’re planning on staying past dark.