Do I need a pole on the Broads?

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

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.

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