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Hi Everyone,

 

Fishing has never appealed to me before but for whatever reason I'm quite liking the idea of getting into it and having a new hobby.

 

The problem is I have no idea what I'm doing or what gear I need or where to start. My only previous experience fishing was catching mackerel while on holiday down south as a kid.

 

Can you please point me in the right direction for the equipment I need and costs involved.(Would be on a pretty tight budget because I now have a recent addition to the family)

 

I live in NW Leicestershire and would be fishing somewhat locally but don't mind a drive up to hour away for a decent spot.

 

Thanks for any help

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Hello mate and welcome to the forum . Are you a beginner to carp fishing or fishing full stop ?

 

You'll get plenty of advice on here from Much more learned members than me .

 

In fact I'm quite looking forward to it :)

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Welcome, and congrats on the baby! The first thing you should probably do is get a picture of you holding the infant and gazing at it somewhat adoringly. This is the "Euro Pose", and practicing beforehand will pay dividends when you have a good carp on the mat.

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Hello FTF 

 

As well as telling the forum what your budget is , as Hutch suggests , I think it would help if you could describe the size of the water you intend to fish .

 

I'm guessing you would only be allowed to " escape " for the odd day sessions , but maybe you will get so swept up by fatherhood you won't want to go fishing ? .

 

Anyway you're bound to get lots of advice from everyone .

 

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Another thought FTF 

 

If you have never fished before are you sure you want to start with Carp ? .

 

After a hard week at work I sometimes think it would be great just to go down to the lake and relax .

However , after an hour or so if I'm not catching anything / nothing's happening I might start to  get bored - I'm not used to just sitting there doing nothing , I can't switch off sometimes .

So if you want to keep occupied and / or you only have limited time to go fishing why not start by jigging for Perch like Stevo , or maybe float fishing with a few grains of sweetcorn ? . That way you could keep your costs down and ease into fishing without spending a fortune - you might not even enjoy fishing , shock , horror ! .

 

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Try float fishing with a float rod and some self cocking wagglers, the only knot you will need to tie is called a palomar knot, for the hook.
Go to a local small fisheries and try for the small carp, loads of fun
Have a look on you tube for waggler fishing videos such as this one, plumbing the depths is crucial for float fishing on the bottom of the lake bed

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Try float fishing with a float rod and some self cocking wagglers, the only knot you will need to tie is called a palomar knot, for the hook.

 

When I started taking my boy fishing I brought a little match fishing kit to pass the time away whilst carping, I had forgotten how fiddly tying small hooks to fine nylon could be :oops:  :lol:  

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When I started taking my boy fishing I brought a little match fishing kit to pass the time away whilst carping, I had forgotten how fiddly tying small hooks to fine nylon could be :oops:  :lol:  

I could probably manage a size 14 hook, i'd need to put the readers on to tie an 18 though.

Tried some floater fishing last year on a light line, couldn't get on with it, no where near as forgiving as 15lb fluro, wrapped it around the rod tip more time then i care to remember

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