Whips and Poles
In recent years there has been a move from traditional rods and reels to poles in coarse or fresh water angling. A short length of line is tied to an elastic shock absorber which runs through the end sections of the hollow pole. Instead of casting, the sections of pole are added so that the bait and float are dropped onto the fishing spot. When a fish is hooked, pole sections are removed to bring the fish to hand. Whips are shorter versions used by beginners, but the basic idea and set up is very similar.
Waggler Float Fishing
The traditional method of float fishing, involving a rod and reel, with the float and bait cast to the fishing mark. The angler is able to fish at greater distances and at various depths. A similar approach is used in rivers and is traditionally known as “trotting”. This can be a very effective method especially when the line is checked and the current forces the bait to rise thus attracting the fish’s attention.
A development of ledgering on the bed of the lake, canal or even river. A feeder, which can be packed with groundbait, is attached to the line just before the hook length. This method is often used when fishing for larger fish such as carp and allows the angler to fish at greater distances. No float is required as bites are seen as the rod tip moves.
Lures or spinners are used for predatory coarse fish, such as pike, perch and zander. They can be spinners or plugs, and are fished with a light spinning rod and fixed spool reel.