Sea fishing is an exciting hobby to take up, and gives you much more opportunities to reel in some impressive catches. However, to ensure a successful trip it is important to know the basics. So if you’re thinking of taking up sea fishing or perhaps have only been sea fishing for a little while, follow our beginners guide to prepare you for a great day at sea.
Best sea fishing clothing
It’s very important that the clothing you wear is fit for purpose. In the summer months you might feel that a t-shirt, shorts and trainers is adequate but in the winter months you need to consider floatation suits . They have been designed to keep sea anglers warm, dry and safe whilst sea fishing. If you fell into the sea, you’d really appreciate the flotation foam contained within your suit as it would help you keep afloat and could potentially save your life. (Please note, we’d still recommend you wear a life jacket as well).
You might also want to get a lightweight waterproof jacket for days when the winter sun comes out and you feel you’d be too warm in your floatation suit jacket.
Best sea fishing equipment
Once you’ve got the right clothing for yourself you need to consider your equipment. You’ll definitely need good quality sea fishing rods . We highly recommend the Cinnetic Explorer UL Inshore Jigging 180 Sea Fishing Rod which is lightweight and perfect for rock fishing. Alternatively, you could opt for the popular Team Daiwa Z 2-8oz Uptide Fishing Rod or the Rovex Ceratec Sea Bass Fishing Rod . The important thing is to choose a rod that’s been designed for the type of fish you want to catch.
As for sea fishing reels, if you’re a beginner you’d be best opting for a fixed spool reel over a multiplier as they are much easier to use. If you don’t have one already, you’ll need a bait bag , rucksack and seat box .
Best sea fishing baits
You can have the best equipment but if your bait is wrong then you won’t have much luck. There are lots of different options when it comes to choosing sea fishing bait. You might want to buy fresh, frozen or artificial baits .
The best thing to do is to research what the fish you are targeting usually eat and try to something similar in bait form. Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix things up. If you want to catch large fish then make sure you get some sea fishing lures .
Best sea fishing locations
To begin with, you’ll probably want to go sea fishing as close to home as possible but the more you get into it, the further you’ll be willing to travel. There are some wonderful locations around the UK and further afield for you to try.
Here are some of the best places for sea fishing in the UK:
- Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, Wales
- Deal and Walmer, Kent, England
- Campbeltown, Argyll & Bute, Scotland
- Swanage, Dorset, England
- Padstow, Cornwall, England
- Girvan, South Ayrshire, Scotland
- Ballycastle, Antrim, Northern Ireland
Why not go on a sea fishing holiday? Norway is one of the best places in the world to go sea fishing and we supply Norway fishing equipment .
Other sea fishing locations we recommend include:
Here at Keen’s we have all the materials needed to prepare you for your next sea fishing trip, wherever it might be. Check out our sea fishing tackle range here.