Do I need a pole on the Broads?
I’VE booked a holiday on a boat on the Norfolk Broads in a few weeks’ time and can’t wait to get cracking! Will I need to take a pole with me or will a shorter whip suffice? I’m not keen on having my expensive pole broken in the confined space aboard a boat!
Rich Alford, Leicester
THERE’S absolutely no need to take expensive kit with you. The Broads are full of small fish, and very often a £5 whip that you can buy from the tackle shop will do you proud.
Broadland rivers flow, so the idea is to fish with big pole floats and feed positively with a ball of groundbait each cast. This makes a 4m whip ideal, especially when fishing from the boat, as this will put you a few metres further out into the river than if you were sat on the bank.
Use a flick tip rather than elasticating the whip, and don’t skimp on lines – a 4lb mainline to a 3lb hooklink and a size 18 or 16 hook isn’t going too heavy.