Monday, 15 April 2013

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Taking up Pike fishing on a budget.

Dusk on St Mary's looking up from the dam.
Part 1
The following information is compiled from my own experiences and that of fellow anglers.

So you fancy taking up Pike fishing, well here is a guide to the essentials that you will need to get you started, this collection of tackle can be had off e bay UK and includes postage on all items.

This week we will look at Preparation, Rods, Reels Pods and line.

The first thing you need to do is join the Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain. Here you will get unbiased tips (something you might not get from a tackle dealer) on tackle/ methods and also gives you the facility of directing questions to more experienced anglers as how to start off on the right foot and most importantly access to the largest Pike database in the UK and all this for less than £20.00/year.
Next join a club such as ours so that you can gain assistance on the bank in the formative part of your hobby path. Bear in mind an ancient Chinese proverb – “ask a question and be a fool for five minutes, ask no questions and be a fool forever! Do not be afraid to ask most Pike anglers are only too keen to help remember everybody was once a novice.

You will need a couple of rods, a good beginners rod from manufacturers Leeda with a 2.75lb – 3lbs test curve can be had for £20 - £30.00 (go for a designated Pike rod as they are built to be overstressed unlike Carp rods).At 12ft long they give good control when playing fish and casting baits.

Reels – fixed spool reels from Okuma/Leeda can be had for £15-£20.00 and this is with a bait runner facility (you do not need to use this but many anglers find it useful) and limited ball bearing construction and offers sturdy build quality and remarkable value. You can source reels from £8.50 but they are from unknown manufacturers and as such little is known about them. Some even come spooled with line but check with the supplier to see what breaking strain of line is offered and go for a minimum of 20lbs monofilament. If you are not sure of the breaking strain remove it and spool up with a known breaking strain of line. My own preference is for Yo-Zurri hybrid line (now available in the UK) which I have used for 3 years and in my opinion is an exceptional buy.

Yo-zurri hybrid is a Nylon/Fluorocarbon composite extrusion and imparts to Nylon a significant increase in abrasion resistance, smaller diameter, increased strength and a completely waterproof outer sheath. With this line you can step up the breaking strain without loss of line capacity.

Budget braided line is available but as the feedback from users of some brands is less than complimentary we will stick to monofilament in this treatise.

To rest your rods on you will need either bank sticks or a pod to hold multiple rods. I would suggest that an appropriate number of bank sticks with tops be purchased (4 sticks with tops £8- £15.00) some of the cheaper pods are not of sturdy construction and when you progress your sport you can purchase a good quality pod.

There is of course no limit to what you could spend but as our aim here is to show what can be put together on a tight budget we will for the moment dispense with expensive tackle.If you can spend a bit more seek the advice of your peers do not rely on a dealer.

A crisp winter day on St Mary's view from Tibbies.

Next week-indicators, wire traces, unhooking equipment and miscellaneous items.

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