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Many anglers, the majority in fact will release the fish they have caught back into the water. In match fishing they need to be kept alive until they are weighed. Before keepnets were introduced the fish were simply thrown onto the bank and left there until the end of the match. However, there are some problems associated with keepnets. Certain species of fish such as barbel and carp which have large serrated edged spines on their dorsal and anal fins can seriously injure themselves if they become tangled in the mesh.


Occasionally when you are fishing the fish will swallow the hook. To remove it you will need a disgorger, forceps or pliers. Although they constitute some of the least expensive fishing tackle that you will buy they are nonetheless vital pieces of equipment if you are to unhook catches quickly, cleanly and return them to the water unharmed. There are literally dozens of types available. Your tackle dealer will show you exactly how they work.


(more commonly known as rod-rests) The name says it all really. A metal stick that is used to support rods and keepnets. It usually has an adjustable screw top to enable the angler to adjust its height.


There will be times when you wish to hurl softly mixed bait or maggots further than you can throw them. In such circumstances a catapult is the ideal solution.


You will need a landing net. They can be either triangular or circular. It doesn’t really matter which. It should be collapsible and have a telescopic handle. Some trout fishermen use nets which have a 4ft handle with a spike on the end. They can then stick the spike in the bottom whilst they are wading and thus keep the net within reach.


This is a small piece of equipment that measures the depth of the water.


You will catch more fish if you can see them. Polaroid sunglasses will help you do this especially in clear water. They will also reduce eyestrain when fishing in bright sunlight.


Electronic devices called bite alarms emit an audible beep when a fish tugs on a fishing line. The device detects any movement of the line and alerts the angler that he may have hooked a fish. Usually they are rather unsophisticated,the only control the fisherman has over them is the on/off switch. Though if you are willing to pay a little more you can buy one equipped with volume, tone and sensitivity controls. They are popular with fishermen when fishing with more than one rod and are extensively used for coarse fishing and when fishing for carp. Visual bite detectors such as floats are still popular but the great advantage of the electronic version is that they do not need constant monitoring.

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