Picking a Great Fishing Seat Box

Most people will want some sort of chair when they are fishing as well as a box to keep their bait and other equipment in. Combining the two can be a really space-efficient solution. It means that it will take up less room in the car and where it is stored between fishing trips as well as being more compact when you are on a trip. However, before you buy one, it is important to know what you should be looking out for. There are lots of different ones and so it is good to think about what the differences are and which might suit you the best.

Weight

It is really important to find out how much it weighs because you will need to carry it. Remember there will be things inside it as well, which means that it will weigh even more once you are using it. Think about what you will be able to manage to carry.

Stability

It is worth looking at the design to see how stable you think it will be. This might also be influenced by its size. Larger legs and a sturdy frame could make a big difference. They will help it to be more stable on the ground when you are sitting on it. They may also influence how long-lasting it is as a flimsy build may not stand up to long term use.

Storage Size and Design

It is important to find out how much storage room there is. Think about all of the things that you want to put in it and whether there will be room for them all. Also consider how it is designed, whether it has drawers, sections etc as it can be useful if you can organise things easily.

It’s always important to choose proper equipment.

Carry Strap

It is good to think about whether there is a carry strap or how else it will be transported. This will make a big difference to how easy it will be to transport as well as how comfortable it will be for you.

Seat

It is really important to think about the size of the seat as well as how cushioned it is. While you could take a cushion to provide extra passing, it will mean you have more things to carry, so if you can find a seat that will be comfortable to start with, this will be a big advantage.

Footplate

Most designs will have a footplate and you will need to be happy that it will be a good one. You need it to be strong and also non-slip so that it is safe for you to use, so compare the various designs with this in mind.

Colour

This is not the most important consideration, but there are choices of colour in some models and others just come in the one. It could be important to you if you want to stand out or blend in and so could be worth a bit of thought.

Bestselling

It can be very tempting to pick an item because it is bestselling. You may think that because a lot of people have already bought it, it will mean that it is a great item to have. However, be wary of this. Just because it sells well, it does not mean that it is the best for you. Think about what you need in a seat box and whether it meets your personal requirements. It is important to also realise that it might be the best selling because it is well advertised or stocked by lots of retailers or just a well-known brand but that does not necessarily mean that it will be the best.

Price

It is really important to make sure that you set your budget before you start shopping. It is a good idea to work out what your maximum spend is. This is because you could otherwise end up setting your heart on something which is just too expensive for you to afford. So, get this established before doing any research.

Value for Money

It is also worth being aware that you need to look for value for money. It can be tempting to think the most expensive will be the best quality and the cheapest will be the best value for money, but this is not right. You need to think about the cost in relation to what you are getting for the money and think about what offers the most for what you are paying. Buying a cheap item could be a problem as it may be poor quality and not last but spending too much could mean that you pay a lot for a brand name and do not get much in exchange.

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Five Basic Fishing Types

If you are new to fishing or want to learn more about it, then you might be interested in the different types of fishing and how they work. There are really five basic methods.

Bait Fishing

This is probably the most popular type of fishing and it involves impaling bait on a hook and then leaving it in the water for the fish to eat. Maggots, worms and sometimes bread are most commonly used for bait. Sometimes the bait might be weighted down or it might have a float attached and then the angler waits until the line of the rod moves or is tugged and they will then know there is a fish on the line. They may try lots of different types of bait to encourage fish to bite or stick with a limited few. This choice will depend on the type of fish being caught and possibly the time of year as well. The rods tend to be 6-9 feet in length and they will be gently dropped in the water and left alone until a fish bites.

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing uses a longer rod which is 7-11 feet long and it is used to cast artificial flies to attract the fish amongst other types of tackle. They tend to be made of hair, feathers or artificial materials which are all made to look like the type of things a fish will each naturally. The weight of the line will carry the hook through the air and therefore it is the line that is cast, which is different to other methods where the lure is cast. The rod is snapped back and forth to move the fly forward, but it will need to land very gently on the water or else it will scare the fish. There are different casting techniques and which is used will depend on the conditions. It is likely that the aim will be to send the fly some distance away and with practice, the angler will be able to position the fly gently on the surface at the exact position they are aiming for.

Bait Casting

This requires a specific type of reel, rod length and strength of line. The line tends to be quite heavy, at around 10 -20 pounds. It will use either live minnows as bait or artificial lures that look like fish’s natural prey. They are cast in fish rich areas and made to look like they are swimming in the water in order to attract the fish. The technique is quite difficult but once learned it can be a lot better than using a spinning reel and this is why it can be worth trying to master it.

Spinning

Spin casting is similar but it uses a different type of reel and there are essentially two types an open-faced reel and a closed face reel. It has a lighter line and a 6-10 feet length of rod which has no trigger attached to it on the base. The lures are also light in weight too. It is most effective when you are casting upstream and there are different techniques that you can use such as bouncing the spinner on the bottom or jerking it with a zig-zag motion. It can be used for most species of fish.

Trolling

This is when live bait or artificial lures are drawn through the water behind a slow-moving boat. This tends to be done on lakes and reservoirs or in the sea. It can cover a lot more ground and reach areas that may not otherwise be accessible. Rods are 5-7 feet in length and the lines are heavy with weights to get good depths.

The choice that you make could come down to a number of factors. You will need to think about the type of fish that you want to catch and where you want to go to fish. Also, consider the cost of the equipment and which you think will be more fun for you to take part in. Space could be a factor too, with larger rods needing more room, so a canal setting, for example, may require shorter rods if the paths are narrow. You may also want something easy where you do not have to learn a technique so that you will be able to get started right away and be more likely to see success. Perhaps then building up to a more challenging technique could be something for later, once you have mastered the basics.

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Top Tips on Fishing With Your Family

It can seem like a lot of fun to go fishing with your family, especially with children. However, it is important to make sure that you are well prepared as it will be very different to fishing with your friends or alone.

Weather

It is a good idea to make sure that you pick a day with good weather. You might be able to tolerate cold and wet weather but children will be less likely, especially if they get bored. It can therefore be a good idea to choose a day when It is dry and warm, perhaps not too hot though as you do not want them getting sunburnt!

Location

It is a good idea to think carefully about the location. It will be best to go somewhere where there are plenty of fish so they get a good chance of catching at least one. This will make it a lot more interesting for them.

Food and Drink

Children tend to want to snack a lot, especially if they get bored and it can be a good idea to make sure that you have plenty with you. If you run out then you will have to return home. Do not just pack what you normally would for a picnic or walk but have lots of extra things with you as well. Then you will have no chance of running out of things and it will mean that you will not have to cut your trip short because someone is ‘starving’.

Entertainment

It can be a good idea to think about what will keep them entertained. While you might be happy just sitting by the river with your own thoughts observing nature, they may not be. They will probably want lots of things to do so that they stay entertained all of the time. It could be enough for them to have a phone or tablet with them but you will need to make sure that you have battery packs with you in case they run out of power as they will not be able to plug it in. It might also be worth taking some books, magazines, small games such as cards or art things such as colouring books. Make sure you get things that can be done in the space that you have and have chairs and even a small table for them to be able to sit at.

Tackle for Children

It will be a lot more entertaining for the children if they have their own kit to use. It can be easy to set them up with a rod or pole that they can handle themselves. It can be good to use a float and they will have something to watch to see whether they get a bite or not, which could make it all a lot more exciting for them. Try to let them do some of the things themselves, depending on their age as this will be more interesting for them. It can be so tempting to take over if they are not handling the tackle well but if you do that, then they will feel detached and bored.

Handling Fish

It is really important that you make sure that you show them how to handle the fish carefully. Fish are delicate and can be vulnerable if handled badly. It is wise to give them a lesson on this before you go fishing and that will help them to know what to do in advance. Try not to make them feel rushed and panicked but gently talk them through what to do or show them the first time, so that they do get things right.

Extras

It is worth thinking about a few other things as well. Make sure children have appropriate clothing for the weather, AnglingExpert.co.uk has some great options for kids. It is worth having extra layers in case it gets chilly that they can take off. Always being prepared for rain is also worthwhile. It could even be worth having a change of clothes in case they fall in the water or splash about and get wet. Take lots of different types of bait so you can show them which works best, they can try different things and you are more likely to attract the fish to bite. Do not travel too far away from home as if the car journey is boring, then it might not put them in the right mind for the fishing that follows. Also, consider having two adults, particularly if the children are very young so one can take them off for a walk, to the loo, or watch them, while the other deals with the actual fishing.

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Top Tips for Fishing in the Winter

Fishing in the winter can be tricky and fish may be less likely to bite. However, for those people that like a challenge then it can be a lot of fun and very satisfying when you catch something. You will need to be well prepared though, both with regards to yourself and your methods.

What to Wear

It is really important to make sure that you stay warm and dry. Make sure that you are aware of what the weather is going to be like so that you can be prepared, but in the UK it is always wise to assume that it might rain! It is wise to have a warm base layer such as thermals, a jumper and a waterproof and windproof layer on top, including waterproof trousers and a thick jacket. This site has some great clothing options. You can always loosen or remove clothing but once you are fishing, you will not want to return home to grab more. A warm hat could be a useful addition as a lot of heat is lost through the head and there are lots of styles and fabrics you can choose from to find one suitable for you that will be comfortable too. You also want to make sure your feet stay warm and dry so thick or insulated socks and lined or insulated boots could be a good idea. Gloves can be handy too but it is worth considering fingerless ones so you can still easily do things. If your hands are really prone to the cold, you can consider insulated gloves or hand warmers. It may even be wise to wear a pair of fingerless gloves under a large pair of thick insulated gloves so you can remove the outer gloves when you need to put bait on the hook etc but still stay warm. You may also want to have a warm drink with you. It is good to think about whether you want an umbrella as well and a large one could keep you and your kit dry. Consider how much you tend to feel the cold and which parts of you are likely to suffer the most and then you will be able to prepare well.

Bait

In the winter the water is clearer so fish might be able to see bait better so a wriggling item could really help. Fish do not eat so much though as they are not so active so you need to be careful. If you throw bait into the water to attract them, you might find that will satisfy them and they will not be interested in what is on your hook. The type of bait you use may change depending on where you are fishing and you may need to experiment more with different types. If you know people that regularly fish in the spot that you have chosen then it could be worth chatting to them to find out what works for them. It could be worth taking a few different types of bait to experiment with. You may find that different things work on different days anyway so it is a good idea to be prepared with a few different items so you can try them out and see what seems to be attractive on that particular day. As you may need to tempt the fish more, because they will not be so hungry, then flavouring the bait with spices could attract them. Things like curry powder or turmeric will not only give a flavour, they will colour the maggots and will make them move more, all of which can make them more attractive to fish. Pellets and paste may also be options that can work well in the winter and so are worth thinking about too. Bread, if it is liquidised and thrown into the water can cause a cloud which can help to attract fish to the area but it will not feed them so they could then be more attracted to the bait on the hook.

Patience

In the winter you will find that it will normally take longer for the fish to bite. This could lead to feeling a bit bored and frustrated. It is good to think of it more as a challenge and when you do catch a fish it will be much more rewarding as you will have had to work really hard for it, tempting them with the right bait and being patient. If you are just not patient, then perhaps it might be better to avoid fishing at this time of year and wait for some warmer weather.

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All About Fishing Bait

You will find that anglers will use a big range of different fishing bait and so you may find it hard to know which ones might be the best when you are fishing. You will want to give yourself the best chance of catching a fish and so you will want to use the best bait, without wasting money on buying things that will not work well. Bait is used to lure the fish onto the hook so that you can catch it and so it is important to choose the right things.

Points to consider:-

  • Type of Fish: You will need to think about what type of fish you are intending on catching to start with. You will find that certain fish will be more attracted to certain baits but you might find that there will be differences in that one day a certain bait may work and then it may not work the next. This can be frustrating but illustrates the importance of trying out different baits to see what seems to be the most effective.
  • Natural or Man-made: There are also different natural baits such as insects and worms, maggots and even berries that might occur naturally in the water. But often things like bread, cheese and pellets might be used or even preferred. You will need to think about what you might like to use and what might work the best.
  • Size of the Hook: It is important to make sure that you match the size of the bait that you are using to the hook. This is because if you put something tiny on a large hook it may not be spotted but something large on a small hook may just look unnatural. The idea is to fool the fish into thinking it is just a normal bit of food as if they are suspicious, they will not eat it.
  • Flavours: There are some people that will use flavours on their bait to make it more attractive. For example, if you buy maggots or pinkies they will be in sawdust or maize four and you will want to clean them first or you can buy them cleaned. Then you might want to flavour them so that they are more attractive to eat. Vanilla is a flavour that some people use. You can use a few drops of food flavouring on them and this could help. You will need to use it just before going fishing though or else it will wear off before you get to use them. Some people go for curry powder. It can help in the winter to attract fish. Turmeric is sometimes used as well as not only will it colour the maggots which makes them easier to see, but it will also add flavour to them.

Maggots

Maggots are probably the most popular bait. They will need to be kept in the fridge as they will die if they get too hot. They are often used in pair or bunches on a hook and they can also be used as ground bait. Often, they will be killed before using for ground bait which can be done by scolding them, but they will stretch or by freezing them.

Pinkies

These are similar to maggots but they stay active longer than maggots but they are really good at escaping, especially when wet so be careful. They tend to be used for smaller fish due to their size and you will tend to use one or two on a hook. They are good for winter months when catching fish is difficult and they can be used in ground bait.

Squats

These are larvae as well but need to be kept moist. They tend to be used mainly in ground bait and it will not crawl away either so has some advantages over maggots and pinkies which do. They will occasionally be useful on a hook too if it is very cold.

Worms

Worms are a traditional bait and will catch any fish but they are not so popular as they are harder to get hold of. You could dig them out or even breed them yourself. They can be chopped up to use with ground bait or put the whole or tail of the worn onto a hook.

Bread

This is a really cheap bait to use and can be used on the hook or as ground bait. You can use a bread punch tool to cut the right shape for putting a pellet on your hook. You can also take a piece and mould it into a ball or just slide a piece of bread or the crust on to the hook.

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Fishing Basics That Everyone Needs to Know

For anyone starting off fishing, there are some things that you will need to know before you start. It is a good idea to have a few pointers and then you will be sure that you are getting things right. Although you might be interested in equipment, location etc, there are a few things that you need to get sorted out before you even get to this stage. It is important to understand about licensing, seasons and fish welfare so that you know that you will not get into trouble or even get a fine for what you are doing and that you have a respect and understanding of the fish that you will be catching. It might seem a bit dull, you are probably just itching to get started, but it is really important to make sure that you know these basics before you get going.

License

It is important to be aware of the fact that anyone over the age of 12 years will need a license to fish in most areas. These are easily available to buy and it is well worth it as there are significant fines if you are caught fishing without one. You may think that the risk is low, but if you are caught by a member of an angling club, then they may be inclined to report you to stop you fishing in their area. It is very easy to report illegal fishing activity to the Environment Agency and so people may be inclined to do so. Licences can be easily purchased from a Post Office, by telephone or online and you can buy one for a year or smaller periods of time, even just a day, depending on how often you think that you will be needing it. You may want to use a day licence and borrow some kit for your first time and then if you like it, you may want to buy one that will last longer, with a year licence giving the best value for money if you are intending on fishing regularly. There are also areas that are only allowed to be fished by club members and so you will need to also look into this before you start, which you should be able to do easily online by finding details of your local angling clubs.

Season

There are seasons in fishing and you are not allowed to fish in certain areas at certain times. This generally means that between 15th March and 15th June coarse fishing is not allowed in rivers, streams and drains although it is allowed still in some areas of still water and most canals. It is something that it is worth looking into before you go fishing so that you are completely sure of the rules in the place that you are fishing. The Environment Agency has details on their website and you may also be able to look on the website of your local angling club to find out more too.

Welfare

It is very important to be aware of the welfare of the fish. Using barbless hooks is the best way to protect the fish and they should all be carefully returned to the water without injury. This means that when you are handling them you need to make sure that you do not remove the slime layer on their scales which protects them from parasites and bacteria or else, they will be vulnerable. So, try to handle them as little as possible and never with a cloth that will rub it off. Unhook them carefully but as quickly as you can and return them to the water quickly too. Never put them down on the ground as this can also rub it off but use an unhooking mat if they are too large to handle. Hold them tightly enough so they do not move or slip out of your hand but not too hard as to squash them. Remove the hooks really carefully. Never pull it as it will cause serious injury but use a disgorger tool to help you. If you cannot remove it then cut the line and leave it in to rust away or dislodge itself. When returning the fish never throw it back but gently slide it into the water from a position close to the surface. If the fish is very tired then it may have trouble swimming when you put it back so gently hold it in the water facing the current and gently move it backwards and forwards until it is ready to swim away.

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