Bait and fishing tackle
Tackle is sometimes available for hire by hotel guests, clients of fishing guides, or anglers on commercial fisheries. Beyond that, however, there are few opportunities to do so. If you have your own equipment it's best to bring it with you.
If you don't already have your own equipment, a simple set of coarse fishing gear is not expensive. A serviceable outfit for many kinds of fishing can be obtained for as little as thirty pounds, but it is important that the equipment used matches the type of fishing to be done. Buy from a specialist fishing tackle dealer - who will gladly advise on the best options within a price bracket - rather than pick up a 'boys' outfits' or suchlike from a chain store where no technical knowledge is available.
Bait in the form of worms, maggots, and frozen pike bait will be readily available from most fishing tackle dealers, especially in the larger towns and cities. Under no circumstances should anglers bring live fish into Scotland, or transfer live fish between waters, for use as bait.
A few individuals and hotels offer guiding services in respect of coarse fishing. Pike angling guides, for example, are operating as far apart as Loch Ken in Galloway and Aviemore in the Highlands. Given the size and unique characteristics of many of our larger lochs, guiding services can pay dividends in results and convenience. Boat hire and bait will generally be provided, and guides can sometimes also supply extras such as packed lunches or refreshments.
Sources of information
, hotels, fishery proprietors
and angling clubs can all offer good local advice and help you get the best out of your fishing.
For online permits please go to the Availability
See also the links page for web-based sources which provide coarse angling information related to Scotland.