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Fishing is a very popular and relaxing sport. I myself  have been going on fishing trips ever since I was a young boy. There are many techniques you can use to catch fish and you never stop learning new ones. As you encounter other anglers and get into conversation you will learn from their knowledge and they will likewise learn  from yours. Continue Reading »

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There are many different types of fishing line available but for the purpose of this blog i will just stick to the most common ones used in coarse fishing. The strength of a line is measured in what is referred to as the  “breaking strain”. For example a line with a breaking strain of  3 pound is at risk of snapping if the weight on the end of it exceeds this.

Monofilament line

Monofilament line (also referred to as mono) is a single strand line made from nylon.  An advantage of using mono line is it’s elasticity, this is the ability it has to stretch which absorbs any sudden shock to the line like when a fish suddenly makes a run for freedom. This should not be treated as a substitute for the drag setting on a reel and should never be relied upon. The angler should always ensure that the drag settings are set to a suitable level for the line in use.

The higher the breaking strain of the line the thicker the diameter will be. A thin line has the advantage of being less visible to the fish and also allows the bait with the hook embedded to behave more naturally as it is more flexible.The less naturally your bait behaves will spook the fish and they will become more wary if not completely ignoring your offerings altogether and moving on. This point is worth remembering as it can be a very good indication that you need to scale your line down to a more flexible one if you are not getting many bites.

Mono line over time will break down and lose elasticity or stretch lowering the breaking strain which makes the line weaker. There are a number of  factors that can contribute to this here are the three  main culprits…

  • Ultra violet light emitted by the sun will weaken mono so when storing your line try to keep it in a dark place away from sunlight.
  • Tying knots in a line also weakens it and it is a good idea to wet the line with a little spit before you pull a knot tight as this acts as a lubricant and reduces line damage.
  • Squeezing shot onto the line when float fishing crushes the line and weakens it at the point the shot is applied. Keep this in mind when setting up a previously used line it may be better for you to cut off the end of the line that had shot on it before and start with a fresh piece.

It is a good idea to replace your reel line completely every so often to reduce the risk of this happening. The cost of this is quite low and far better than experiencing the agony of a lot of lost fish.

Please always remember to dispose of scrap line sensibly NEVER leave it on the bank for other wildlife to get tangled up in or choke on.

Braided Line

Also known as braid, this line is stronger and more supple than a mono line of the same diameter which gives it the advantage of presenting the bait more naturally.

It is more expensive than mono and a common way it is used is to attach a length of  it to the end of your mono mainline, this is referred to as a hook length. In this way of fishing you have got the benefit of a more natural bait presentation on a strong line coupled with the elasticity of the mono. Braid lacks the elasticity or stretch that mono has and is more like string as it interwoven in the same way.

Coarse Fishing Reels

Fishing Reels

The purpose of a fishing reel is to deliver and retrieve your fishing line. The fishing reel was first introduced into Britain around the late 1600’s. Today reels are kitted out with more sophisticated functions than the very early ones.
At the flick of a switch you can turn on or off an anti-reverse feature,this means that if you have the anti-reverse switch set to off when the line is under strain the reel will freely spin to pay out line. If the switch is set to on the reel will be locked so not allowing any pay out of line.

Another feature is the drag feature. When playing a fish the drag feature allows you to adjust the resistance level the reel will have when there is strain on the line. What is meant by the resistance level is how much pull on the line the reel can withstand before having to pay out line. The drag can be adjusted by turning a dial that is located somewhere on the body of the reel. In simple terms the drag feature is an adjustable friction brake.

The general rule is to set the drag at roughly half  the the breaking strain of the line you are using With practise you will be able to adjust the drag whilst playing a fish but in the event of you setting the drag too high you are more likely to break the line than land a hooked fish. Once you have practised and mastered the drag feature you will be able to land bigger fish than the lines breaking strain because you will be able to judge how much pressure to apply to tire your catch into submission.

The bail arm is a device that can be either open or closed. In the open position it allows a free flow of  line off the reel spool for casting. To open the bail arm you have to pull it back across the face of the reel until it clicks locked into an open position, then after you have cast and are happy with the position of your bait you just turn the reel handle and a spring loaded mechanism releases it to snap back into a closed position.When buying a coarse fishing reel this is an important feature to check, open and close the bail arm a few times to make sure it is operating as it should. Make sure when closing it snaps shut with a positive quick action.

Most fishing reels also come supplied with a spare spool this is a great advantage for you because you can load each spool with a different strength line. This will enable you to use the same reel should you decide to change your fishing style. For instance if you are float fishing  for small silver fish with a 1.5 pound line but decide to try fishing the bottom for a larger catch you can easily change the spool for one with a 6 pound line, this is usually done by means of a button on the centre of the spool which you press to release the spool then click the new spool into position.

A coarse fishing reel suitable for pleasure fishing can cost as little as £20 and there are many on the market to choose from. Most of them have reversible handles so it will not matter whether you are right or left handed.

 

Just as there are different coarse fishing methods so it follows there are different types of rods to suit them. The strength of a rod is measured by what is known as the test curve. Simply put the test curve is how much weight is attached to the tip of the rod to make it point downwards at a 90 degree angle to the butt of the rod when it is held out horizontally. The larger the test curve of a rod the stronger the rod will be.

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