Shore fishing is often the sea fishing discipline that beginners start with before moving onto boat fishing. Without sounding too obvious, success in shore fishing means being able to put your bait where the fish are – which can sometimes be quite the task! To make the whole process a little more stress free, we have highlighted 5 top tackle tips for the novice shore fisherman…

1.     Try and take an array of tackle and bait with you.

Unless you have an experienced fishing buddy with you or have scoped out your fishing area in depth beforehand you never know what terrain may greet you. If you are planning on relying on a particular type of tackle you could end up losing a fair bit when you’re faced with lots and lots of rocks. Changing the bait every so often is also a great tip as it makes sure the scent remains strong and the scent trail is still present. Don’t forget to ask others too – If you’re not catching but fisherman around you are, why not enquire what bait they are using, this little effort could bring back a lot!

2.     Take your tackle in multiple quantities.

Always try to take a minimum of 2 of each hook, bait and so on. Sod’s law says that you will nearly always run out of (or forget) something when you have trekked miles from your car. This will also make sure that you have enough bait to change it sporadically as mentioned above. It can also allow you to experiment a bit when out fishing – you never know what might land you that PB!

3.     Big hooks don’t necessarily mean big fish. (Unless you are specifically targeting Conger…)

Generally hook lengths are designed for the type of bait that you are using. If you are using Mackerel as bait the length of the hook doesn’t need to be so long. If you have a longer hook this is usually aimed at worms.

4.     Get the right weight.

When you first put your tackle box together make sure to acquire at least 5 different weights, if not more. What weight you use on a particular day will generally depend on the type of fishing you are doing. The rougher the sea the heavier your weight will need to be so as not to drift.

5.     Safety First.

Make sure you don’t get so tied up in fishing that you forget about your own welfare. Keep your mobile phone battery topped up and zipped inside a waterproof coat pocket or wrapped up in your bag. Phones don’t always have signal though so make sure to also purchase a whistle, it may seem a little old fashioned but it might just save your life! Warm waterproof clothing is also a must in the colder weathers. A flask of tea is also always a good idea, as you never know how long you might be waiting around for!