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hi there taking my sister fishing need help.?
Ok here's my problem, I'm gonna be taking my little sister fishing on the river Witham in Chaple hill.
We are going to be fishing for eels, roach, perch, pike, dace and maybe some zander so basicly any thing that will take bait or lures. What i need to know is what are some good bait bread magots ect..
And in what way to present them.
P.s I will have one rod set up with a free lined dead bait for some pike or zander or maybe a very abitious eel.lol.
I do hope you're not planning to take her before June 16th when the river fishing season starts. And then, make sure you have the requisite licence. For information regarding licences and young people, follow this link: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/recreation/fishing/31497.aspx
Oh yes, and be careful that you do not fish in areas where fishing is controlled by clubs (unless you are a member). Several sections of the Witham in that area are controlled by SPAC and all of their club members are expected to challenge anyone seen fishing for their proof of membership: http://www.scunthorpepoliceangling.co.uk/waters/Lincoln%201/Witham.htm
That aside, when you do go, my advice is to ignore species like pike and zander. For children beginning fishing you want to ensure that there is lots of action, and pike and zander fishing is generally too slow for them. Also, very importantly, unless you know how to unhook pike properly it is better for the fish and for your fingers that you leave them alone. And, don't assume that you'll be doing much of the fishing. My experience with small children is that you need to act as full-time ghillie, setting up tackle, casting, handling bait, untangling line and hopefully occasionally unhooking fish!
Focus on roach, perch and, if there are dace around by all means go for them too. For roach, bread flake nipped onto a size 16 hook and trotted underneath a float will get you good results. Single red maggots will also work extremely well. Experiment with the depth you set your float at, but don't leave it too high up in the water.
Red maggots will also catch you perch, but for best results get some worms. You can either dig them up or buy them at your local tackle shop. Ask for dendrobaenas, which are a good size for small perch. Again you can trot your float, but if you can find a still, deep area near the bank try to get your float into the "crease" where the moving water passes by the still area. That is often where the perch are to be found.
Dace are surface feeders, so fish well up in the water for them. Single white maggots often work well with them.
Above all, focus on ensuring that your sister has a good time. That means keeping the action going all of the time. Small children get bored very quickly and the only way to prevent that is to keep them busy. Remember too that most lifetime anglers got the bug when they were small. Catching that first fish is a magical experience, but the other side of the coin is that if you don't enjoy your first fishing trip it can turn you off the sport for ever.
One final point, if you are near deep water, (and again depending on age) keep a very close eye on her. Children can drown in seconds.
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