Here at Allens Caravans, we know that many of the guests visiting our parks are there to indulge themselves in one of the UK’s most enjoyable fishing holidays. Of course, not all of these guests are veterans when it comes to casting a rod; some are trying something new, while others just need a little guidance.
That is why we have drafted together the below guide to fishing essentials for beginners. You will likely learn of more essentials and specialist accessories as your fishing journey continues, or you may just like to use our guide as some sort of checklist; either way, the items below should form the bare bones of any fishing aficionado’s kit.
Rod and Reel
The reel is the powered device that attaches to a fishing rod, at the handle. The line is then wound around the reel, regardless of what kind you use. The three different reel types are: Spincast (closed face), Spinning (open face) and Bait Casting.
The rod is the stick like device that allows you to use bait and lures, in order to fish from a greater (and often safer) distance. Rods come in various lengths and strengths, the strength commonly referred to as the ‘action’.
Lures and Bait
These are essential because they are how you get to hook the fish in the first place. Depending on the conditions, your equipment, and the fish you are after, the bait or lure you use will differ. For the most part though, you can use spinner baits, jig heads and rubber tails, or even small spoons. It is worth doing your research and checking out forums for more specific advice.
Lines and Nets
Fishing lines are generally pretty hardy, but they don’t last forever. It is always a good idea to keep a spare stock of fishing line to hand when you go out for a day of fishing. Even if you don’t so much as look at that spare spool, you are better safe than sorry. Of course, nets are just as useful as lines, and keeping a foldable net in your backpack will mean you are prepared either way. Take a look at our stunnning fishing holiday parks and book yourself onto that much needed break away.
Hook Removers and Mouth Spreaders
Whether you use hooks or lures, to keep or catch-and-release, you want to be prepared for every eventuality. Sometimes, a fish will swallow a hook, bait or lure. You will have to remove the foreign object, and the easiest way to go about it is to use a specially design hook remover. You can get some that work on a variety of fish. The same goes for mouth spreaders which will make it easier for you to remove the hook, by keeping the fish’s mouth open throughout.
Polarised Fishing Glasses, Backpacks and Boxes
Much of the water in British lakes and rivers is murky or dark, so it is difficult to see what is going on underneath. That is why it is a good idea to invest in a pair of polarised fishing glasses. These specialist glasses help you to see beneath the surface, so you can watch the fish and learn how they react to things like bait and lures. Keeping organised is important too, which is why, as your stock of equipment grows, you will need a fishing backpack and tackle box, to keep everything in order.
Now you know the basics behind a good fishing kit, you can find your ideal caravan at one of our parks. Then you can set up, sit back, and enjoy a spot of fishing. Feel free to get on touch with us here at Allens, for further information regarding prices, parks and perks.