What to buy for canal fishing starter kit

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You’ve visited one of our free Let’s Fish! learn to fish taster events and now you want your own kit. Here’s what to ask for from your local fishing tackle shop. But be warned - some small shops may be tempted to sell you equipment that's unsuitable for canal fishing.

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You’re unlikely to catch any fish if you’re using the wrong equipment. The list below is compiled by our profession, experienced Let's Fish! coaches as their suggestion to get you up and fishing in no time.

You will need:

  • A 5 or 6 metre take-apart pole with the top two sections being telescopic. This gives you many more options than say a 3 metre telescopic whip
  • The top section of the pole should be elasticated with a number 3 or number 4 elastic, which the shop staff should be able to do for you. They will also fit the bung and stonfo connector
  • A couple of rigs suitable for canal fishing. Float of around 0.3 to 0.4g and mainline diameter around 0.10. The hooksize should be a 20 or 22 with the hook length line round 0.08 diameter
  • A disgorger
  • A plummet (the lightest one they stock)
  • One or more bait tins or plastic storage boxes
  • A landing net and a landing net handle
  • Fishing box to sit on (optional)
  • A packet of spare hooks to nylon, size 20 or 22

Top tip

If you can’t find suitable rigs in your local store, come along to another Let’s Fish! event and ask one of our coaches for advice on how to make up your own rigs and tie your own hooks. Many Let’s Fish! clubs also run classroom sessions where you can learn these skills.

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Last date edited: 12 February 2020