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Sea Fishing Rods and Pier fishing

There are many different types of sea fishing rods to choose from it is impossible to say you just need one type. There are a few different types of sea fishing to consider, shore fishing, boat fishing,offshore boat wrecking and reefing, etc etc.. Let’s concentrate on one aspect of shore fishing for now.

I remember my first experience of ‘shore’ fishing  as a kid was fishing off the pier at my home town with a hand line which was basically a square piece of wood with string wrapped around it and a bit of lead on the end with a piece of rag worm or bacon rind on the hook. With so many of us on the pier it was a miracle we didn’t hook each other never mind the fish. Inevitably all we caught were crabs although they were numerous; a fish was very rare whereas the guys with the rods and lines caught real fish and we were deeply envious.

The only good thing about the hand line was they were really cheap. When fishing off a pier, you are much better off with a proper pier rod, a medium sized 10-12 foot rod with medium action, 20 lb test curve (whatever that means ) that will take 20 lb line ideal for catching mackerel,gars, bass, flatties, wrass, Pollock and inshore thornback and doggies or dogfish, at least that is what you could catch when you are shore fishing in the UK during the summer periods. One of the joys of sea fishing is that you never really know what you are going to catch until you reel it in. For the surface fishing, the rig would be an adjustable float set at around 3 foot to find the feeding level baited with, if possible, live sand eel or prawn or the real old favourite, mackerel strip; which will catch fresh mackerel for bait or the pot. Oh and by the way mackerel are excellent sport fish, and are brilliant table fish, especially smoked.

Another fish you could be catching is Bass which is probably the best fish for eating, so make sure you get yourself a couple of those and you could also be catching wrasse and Pollock. By the way inshore Pollock fillets in a bit of lemon juice are also excellentfor eating

When fishing on a pier don’t forget you are going to need a good sized drop net, on a decent length of string or nylon, to land that fish of a lifetime, especially those large winter cod.   That just about wraps it up for the pier fishing, for now we’ll get to bottom fishing in the next article.

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