Fishing can be a relaxing distraction when you need to chill out. On those lazy days, it doesn’t really matter what you catch. But if you are targeting a dream catch and want to improve your chances, there’s an app for that!
There’s nothing better than a spending a gorgeous summer’s day on the banks of a river or lake! With your rods out and set-up, your shades on and the sun glistening on the water, all is right with the world. The fish are at your mercy and your first catch is just moments away. But could there be something missing?
Protecting your bait
Warm sunny days are wonderful and certainly bring the feel-good-factor to your angling trips. But they can play havoc with fresh bait or dampened pellets. Everything tends to dry out before you get a chance to use it and that can be enormously frustrating.
Then there’s the British weather which can deliver all four seasons in a single day! That sunny afternoon can soon produce a shower which might not be sufficient to see you running for cover but will leave you feeling unpleasantly damp.
Your handy fishing umbrella
A good fishing umbrella can come in extremely handy, whatever the weather on any given day. Providing shade and shelter, a brolly protects your bait and keeps you feeling comfortable in the sunshine as well as the rain. It’s a lightweight and mobile shelter that you shouldn’t leave home without – ever!
What to look for in a fishing umbrella
Your fishing umbrella should be light enough to transport easily. Fibreglass arms reduce the weight of the best models, making them much more practical but without sacrificing strength and durability. Your umbrella is going to take a beating and needs to be up to the task.
It helps if you have a model with a wide spread and one which is adjustable throughout the day as the sun moves across the sky. An adjustable brolly will also enable you to angle it precisely to protect you from rainfall or the sun. Pegging points will allow you to secure the umbrella and keep it in situ when the wind is blowing. You can continue fishing when others are desperately trying to hold on to their brollies!
You will also benefit from a fishing umbrella which offers UV protection as it will ensure that you are safe when you are spending several hours exposed to the sun.
On rainy days, waterproof taped seams keep you, your bait and your tackle out of the worst of the weather. You will be more comfortable and your bait will remain in prime condition for longer. If you think that you might benefit from additional height occasionally, a telescopic brolly pole is a real boon.
Don’t leave home without it!
Your fishing umbrella protects you and your bait from the sun and the rain. It can also act as a windbreak. Your brolly will work hard for you and thankfully is an accessory that won’t cost the earth. A brolly is definitely a great investment and once you have found the perfect model for you, don’t leave home without it!
15 March – 15 June is the close season for coarse fishing. Coarse fishing on rivers is banned during this period but angling on still waters continues. A recent survey revealed that 71% of the 7,000 anglers who voted were in favour of abolishing the close season. But would that be a good idea?
Where’s the evidence?
Those in favour of ending the close season argue that there is Continue reading “Coarse fishing close season – the debate”
It’s been a bad week for Liverpool! Both footy fans and Anglers have encountered disaster, leaving the Anfield district of the city completely in the doldrums. Liverpool managed to throw away the Champions League in a final featuring unfortunate goalkeeping errors and now the
Stanley Park fishing lake has seen dozens of fish die suddenly and without explanation. Continue reading “A bad week for Liverpool’s anglers”
There is an impressive amount of fishing lakes in the county of Hertfordshire and in the surrounding counties, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire and Greater London, making it one of the prime UK spots for carp angling. There are a whole host of options available for the highest quality fishing to be had in tranquil and scenic surroundings. Continue reading “Fishing Lakes in Hertfordshire and Surrounding Counties”
It may have escaped most people’s notice, but the British Record Fish Committee (BRFC) has taken action to reinforce the integrity of the record fish lists. This move has come in the wake of Continue reading “British Record Fish Committee Raise Institute New Rules”
Wingham Fisheries near Canterbury, Kent has become the latest establishment to install fencing to protect its fish stocks from otters. A number of British fisheries have been forced to close after losing their stock to the resurgent wild otter. Continue reading “Leading Fishery Builds Fences to Protect Stock”
If your idea of the perfect place to fish is a countryside location, it might be time to think again. Urban fishing is growing in popularity and could be the next big thing.
Many major cities were developed adjacent to rivers but as the urban sprawl expanded, the rivers were often forced underground or constrained in culverts, drains and tunnels. The city of Sheffieldd is spearheading Continue reading “The Trend for Urban Fishing”
As the nights draw in and temperatures drop, the prospect of sitting outside for hours may start to seem less appealing. Especially when you are finding it harder to catch your target fish. Winter is a difficult time for carp anglers so you could face spending many hours over a period of months with little to show for your efforts. But there are tactics that you can employ to ensure that you get the most out of your hobby in winter time. Continue reading “Winter Carp Fishing”
What is a test curve of a carp rod?
Are you considering investing in a carp rod? If so, you will probably have been looking at a few different models. One of the attributes that you will see mentioned for each rod is the test curve. But what is it exactly?