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Fishing For Dummies, UK Edition




Fishing For Dummies, UK Edition, provides you with a thorough introduction to all types of fishing - sea fishing, game fishing, and coarse fishing. This authoritative covers everything you need to know about this fantastic sport, including instruction on:
  • Identifying the key species of fish found within and off the coasts of the British Isles
  • Selecting the right rods, reels, line, and tackle
  • Mastering casting techniques
  • Tying knots like a seasoned angler
  • Hooking and landing fish with ease
Introduction 1

Part I: Before the Bite 7

Chapter 1: Getting Hooked on Fishing 9

Chapter 2: Gathering What You Need to Fish 21

Chapter 3: Finding and Evaluating Water for Fishing 35

Chapter 4: Putting a Face on the Fins: Common Freshwater Fish 53

Chapter 5: Familiarising Yourself with Common Sea Fish 69

Chapter 6: Staying Safe On (Or Near) the Water 83

Part II: Gearing Up Without Going Overboard 93

Chapter 7: Hot Rods and Cool Reels 95

Chapter 8: The Bottom Line on Line 117

Chapter 9: It's Terminal (Tackle): Hooks, Weights, Snaps, Swivels and Floats 133

Chapter 10: Going the Extra Mile: Boats, Gadgets and More 155

Part III: The End of Your Line: Enticing Fish with Bait, Lures and Flies 171

Chapter 11: Real Food for Real Fish: Using Bait 173

Chapter 12: It Only Looks Alive: Tricking Fish with Lures 199

Chapter 13: Fish Don't Fly, But Flies Catch Fish 217

Part IV: Now You're Fishing 233

Chapter 14: Tying Popular Fishing Knots and Rigs 235

Chapter 15: Choreographing Your Cast 269

Chapter 16: Exploring Different Fishing Techniques 287

Chapter 17: How to Hook, Fight, Land and Release Fish 303

Part V: After the Catch 321

Chapter 18: Photographing, Weighing and Preserving Fish for Posterity 323

Chapter 19: Biting Back: Storing, Cleaning and Cooking Fish 331

Part VI: The Part of Tens 343

Chapter 20: Ten Fishing Lessons You Don't Have to Learn the Hard Way 345

Chapter 21: Ten Fishing Organisations You Should Know About 349

Chapter 22: Ten Great Fishing Reads 353

Index 357