An Introduction and guide to Pole Fishing

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An usual but effective method of fishing. Unlike standard fishing rods a pole does not contain a reel. The line is connected directly to the end of the pole using a piece of elastic.

Although you may be restricted in terms of how far you can fish you can be much more accurate when pole fishing. Placing your bait onto the end of the hook is similar to almost all methods of fishing.

You then guid the pole out into the body of water you wish to fish. Lower the hook into your desired spot and place the pole onto a stand.

If you enjoy open sea fishing or like to cover large bodys of water, pole fishing is probably not for you. Although, if you love to be pin point accurate of smaller boys of water such as rivers and canals pole fishing is definitely recommended.

Selecting a peg beside some overhanging vegetation, or lily pads means you can go from fishing out in open fast flowing water to inches away from some reeds that are closer to your bank position.


What will you need for pole fishing?

● The pole itself.

● Heavy duty waterproof clothing.

● Appropriate bait.

● Elastic. For controlling your pole.

● Floats. An indication of when your bait is being taken.

● Rigs. To pace your bait onto.

● Elastic lubricants. To help retain the quality or your elastic.

● Pole stand. For resting your pole on so as to not strain your arm.

● Tackle box. For storing all of your technical, smaller parts.

● Padded seat (not required) For added comfort.

● Bite alarm (not required) To be alert when a fish takes our bait.

● Puller kits.

Puller Kit

Puller kits can be viewed as essential for landing a big carp quickly.

A puller kit is a top kit with a side hole drilled near the bottom end.

A dedicated puller bush is fitted and the elastic pokes out, tied off with a bead and knot.

Some modern poles may have a puller kit pre attached to it. Sometimes puller kits must be installed onto rods.

Match Fishing

Match fishing is a very common sport associated with pole fishing. Match fishing is a relatively simple form of competition. Angles will select their “peg” by two methods. Some competitions first come first served.

Meaning any individual can claim a peg if they get there first. Or a more common method for selecting pegs is by a random selection.

Once the angler reaches there peg they are not allowed to fish anywhere else. The aim of the competition is to be the angler with either the longest or heaviest catch.

Some fisheries may award prizes for those with the most catches no matter the size.


There are a wide variety of baits available for pole fishing.

If you are targeting coarse fish to uncommon but effective bits are tiger nuts for ledgering and marshmallows for surface fishing.

Prawns, cat food and mussels are also great baits for pole fishing. Any form of ground bait can be used when pole fishing.


There are a wide variety of species which can be targeted using a pole. It is much more common to use a pole in lakes and rivers. Therefore, all the species referred to are freshwater fish. The most common use for pole fishing is coarse fish. Salmon and trout can also be caught using a pole.