Wavebuster,Years ago I would have advised you to take a trip makeral fishing, just to see if you enjoyed it (before lashing out on boat material) but there are so few makeral about these day's they are not that easy to catch anymore, certainly not in any quantity (probably down to the tv chef's telling one and all to eat more makeral, it's sustainable!) consequently they have been massively overfished the last few years. Still there are other species to catch.
We all have to pay to learn so to speak, when you do book ask the skipper if it's wreck, drift, uptiding etc then ask again on here what rigs you need and, above all watch the other anglers on the boat (especially the ones catching) that doesn't cost much but if you are a 'tackle tart' the skies the limit!
I can well imagine! lolPeter E,
Yes most skippers will have rod and reels for hire, the quality of which will differ between boats and skippers . OK if you only plan to go once. If however you get 'hooked' and decide you need your own gear then that's where the wallet can take a battering so to speak
There are many different styles of boat fishing.It will be decided before you go, although it's always subject to change at short notice, (at the skippers discretion). You would normally expect to be notified of any change. However that's not always the case so most anglers do take a selection of rigs and leads, and of course bait.
Because of this 'you never know' attitude most boat anglers take far to much and the pleasure of a nice day afloat is lost because of all the 'lumping''. The older more experienced will be taking a couple of rods, a shakespeare type seat box with reels and rigs inside and maybe a coleman coolbox and that's it!
Very funny Mr Smith, especially as you started doing trips for free to pinch all my customers.There is a chap on here called Cascars who has a lovely boat in Newhaven!
He's a great coach & loves to get involved with new anglers !
He's an expert in all aspects of angling so maybe send him a message , he loans out rods & reels , even supplies tackle & bait !
8 hour trips for only a £20 fuel contribution !!