- What Tackle do I need?
- What basics do I need to know?
- Where can I go?
- What permits/licenses do I need?
One of the most attractive things about Lure Fishing is the fact that you don’t need to carry lots of tackle with you when you go fishing. That’s not to say that you won’t amass a large selection of tackle and lures as you develop within the sport, but you don’t need to rush out and buy a huge amount to be able to get down on the bank catching fish. In essence, you need: a rod, a reel, line, a selection of terminal tackle including lures, a disgorger and a pair of long nose forceps, a landing net and a small bag to carry spare lures and bits and bobs in. The type of rod, the type and strength of line and the selection of lures you will need will very much depend on the venues that you are going to fish and the species that you will be targeting. There is more information in the News, Tips and Hints section.
While every angler will have different motivations for going fishing and will measure the success of a particular fishing trip in different ways, ‘We all want to catch fish!’. To do this you need to be able to present the right bait, in front of a fish and make it move in a way that triggers them into taking it. We then need to hook that fish and successfully play it, land it, unhook it and safely return it so that it can be caught again in the future when it is hopefully much larger. To do all of this we all need to be proficient in certain technical skills. The core skills that we need to master are; knot tying, casting, various styles of retrieve and safely unhooking the fish. We then need to combine these mechanical technical skills with knowledge skills. We need to know about our prey, the habitat they live in, what they feed on and how changes to their environment affect their feeding habits. We need to know about the various types of lures; how they fish, what makes fish take them, which retrieves work best with them and what colours to use and when. Much of this can be learned through trial and error, with the exception of the safe fish handling one would hope, but if you have a chance to get a coaching session with a qualified and licensed coach you will significantly shortcut what can be a very steep and long learning curve.
Most stillwaters and canals in Scotland, particularly in the south and Central belt regions, hold a good head of perch and pike and many are very cheap or even free to fish. The best thing to do is to pop in to your local fishing tackle shop and ask for some advice on good places in your area. Failing that, post a question on the SFCA (Scottish Federation for Coarse Angling) Facebook page and I have no doubt that someone will come up with a bit of advice for you. Again, a local coach will have lots of information, not only on venues in your area, but on what species are present and what are the best methods, lures and times to go.
At the moment there is no requirement to purchase a Rod License in Scotland – although that may well change in the near future. In order to fish any water however, you do still require the permission of the riparian owner, controlling club, organisation or individual if there is one. As it is not always clear who controls a water it is often best to ask, either at a local tackle shop or other anglers before you begin to fish.