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<font color='#000000'>Started fishing 1yr ago almost to the day. Caught the bug on Holiday in Nth Devon. Fished nearly every week since sometime twice a week. My area from Pagham to Chichester Harbour. Caught a fair few fish sometimes, bass to 3lbs smoothounds to 11lbs but mainly smaller stuff. For example 15 bass in Chi harbour to 4oz. I would like to catch bigger fish. I blank more than I catch and I want to build some consistancy if possible. Maybe fish less but at the better times and tides, but everyone I talk to tells me a different story, different tactics, different baits, different rigs. I&#39;ve read many books get both the magazines, look at loads of web sites, and I&#39;m still not consistant, or is this normal&#33;

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<font color='#810541'>Hi Fishingbonsai

Not familiar with your part of the world, but you seem to have come up against the same challenge that all anglers face. &nbsp;Working out the &#39;how to fish&#39; can be simple enough at times, but it is figuring out the &#39;where and when&#39; that makes our pastime the fantastic thing that it is.

At the end of the day, you are only going to learn from experience. &nbsp;Experience gained while actually out fishing. &nbsp;So keep trying new things, and enjoy the bad days as well as the good days. &nbsp;&#39;Best&#39; fishing will revolve around factors such as time/tide/weather combinations, which take time to learn and differ for different locations/species.

Couple of things I would suggest to help :

1) Fishing log. &nbsp;I find it very helpfull to keep a fishing log - a detailed note about each trip (location, time, tide, weather, baits, catch etc) . &nbsp;Within a short period of time you will build up a record of your successes and failures, and this info can then be used to help you improve. &nbsp;

2) Local club/matches. Look out for local matches in your area, perhaps fish a few. &nbsp;Even spectating will show you what methods local anglers are using, and they will probably be fishing at the best time for the location. &nbsp;Joining a club can be daunting for a newcommer to the sport, but it is the shortest route to acquiring knowledge.

3) Specialise. &nbsp;Either concentrate on a couple of species, or locations and then fish these regularly until you have built up your knowledge. &nbsp;Then move onto new species/locations.:)</font>
 

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<font color='#0000FF'>Its all luck mate.

Its the shop owners that tell you it requires skill to get specimen fish, making you fork out shed loads on elaborate kit.

Nahhh. Its all luck.

Well, there certainly isn&#39;t any skill involved in my fishing. Do you reckon thats why I am still waiting for my first fish??

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<font color='#000000'>Don&#39;t be discouraged.I only feel I have failed if other anglers catch fish at the SAME time. Check on what they are catching or not.Don&#39;t believe all what you read in the comics.
Try a pier this winter for whiting,that&#39;s your best bet for consistency. How many fish do you see caught while fishing.
It&#39;s not unusual for 200 anglers in a contest to have a winning weight of a couple of pounds or less that&#39;s 200 x 4 hours fishing = 800 fishing hours. Not good odds is it.But we still do it.</font>
 
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