Advice for young anglers
Fishing is a great way to get out and about and enjoy the fresh air instead of being stuck indoors playing computer games! There are many children who will have gone fishing with their parents or grand parents from a young age and this is the most common way of getting 'hooked'.
But perhaps you didn't have this chance or don't know any anglers? Don't worry, help is at hand - read on to find out how you can learn the basics, who you can contact and what you will need.
A prized pike. Image courtesy of Stewart Collingswood/Alba Game Fishing
Types of fishing
Do you want to fish for coarse fish (carp, pike, roach, etc), game fish (salmon and trout) or sea fish? To start with you will probably be limited by the type of water in your area - you may live close to a river, the sea, a loch, or a reservoir - so you need to find out what is available on your doorstep.
The best way is to ask your local angling association or club for more information about fishing on their water - see: list of clubs
. Often clubs will offer a reduced rates for fishing permits for young people. If you are unsure who to contact try asking your local tackle shop
, who will also offer advice. Depending on your age you may need to get an adult to help you.