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JUST thought I'd try and get you started talking about where the best places to purchase your tackle and bait from.
The good guys and the bad ones.
From Kent to Exeter.
I will start, Aldwick Tackle in Bognor Regis, good prices, good local knowledge and very helpful.
Over to you ALL NOW.....
 

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Aldwick angling, very friendly, helpful, full of advice, polite, great stock of Gemini rig bits, best fresh ragworm iv bought and iv tried three others. May it never shut down lol
 

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3 Good ones I use and can recommend are
Tackle Box Brighton Marina
Prime Angling Worthing
Lagoon Bait & Tackle Hove
 
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Brett at Lagoon bait and tackle in Hove is a great guy who wants you to catch, often he has price matched the big mail order companies and has always supplied me decent good local & Welsh black lug! He's tied my tapered leaders to my braid on my reels and generally been a great source of local info that in turn has put more fish on the shingle than I would have caught otherwise!
 

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Best tackle shop in Bognor closed when Brett went off with his guitar a few years ago, but Bognor's loss has been Hove's gain.

Prime Angling in Worthing, always provided good bait and advice on what's being caught.

Allan's Marine in Pompey - Again good bait well kept and plenty of choice in terms of tackle.
 

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100% agree Aldwick Angling. Bought some good quality gear from there for great prices.

I used to live in Chichester and I would drive right past my local at Southern Angling Specialists. Not sure how they are still open!

Been told great things about Hookers in Hayling Island. Didn't exactly get the results I was expecting when I typed that into my search engine to find an address!
 

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I live in Hythe Hampshire and we have got 2 local tackle shops their ball bag!
 

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Online bait is ok if like me your inland and you dont have the luxury of a local tackle shop and your planning on an early or late start when the shops are shut anyway, but they all have around a £7 shipping fee, which is fair enough considering how well packed the bait usually is, I find its worth bulk ordering for frozen stuff to stock up and make the most of the shipping charge.
 

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Chesil Bait and Tackle, great tackle shop, good bait, big range of gear and the best lure selection in the south.

The team there are great, very helpful, pleasure to deal with all the way around.

Keep up the good work !
 

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I've used Hookers a few times now especially for lug. I haven't been disappointed yet! Very helpful but always call them first to order.
I would also recommend Poingdestres in Southampton. Excellent Ragworm.
 

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Hove lagoon have sold me shite bait on no less than 3 occasions..parting with 20 odd quid on one occasion for 5 wraps of so called "welsh blacks" which were more like salted and oiled,,second time my mate picked them up for us on short tides,,im no idiot,i know its hard to get on short tides,and im too lazy to pump me own,so i said yup,grab me 5 wraps bud...he arrived at the shingle with lug that i could smell long before i could see it,,and when i could see em,,i had to peel em off the paper...shame,and a mystery to me why everyone raves about it,,,especially when he seems to be sooo much dearer than brighton,pevensey,peacehaven,eastbourne,just about anywhere really..he may be a "nice guy" ive never met him.but three experiences ive had,its been the worst ive seen in 25 yrs of fishing,perhaps it just needs looking after better,or is that if your not a regular,you dont get"the goodstuff"??
 

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When the ATSMR organise the family fishing day events in Shoreham Harbour Brett from Hove Lagoon allows me to go behind the counter and pick out the small to smallish rag myself so we can present them better on the tiny size 12 hooks etc. Brett also ordered us ten sets of pier rod/reel combos and life jackets at vastly reduced prices as they were to be used to increase participation in our sport. Before that the previous owner supplied us with 30 sets of Red Devil LRF combo's, again at vastly reduced prices which was perfect to attract young kids into our sport, the end tackle he supplied totally free of charge and even came along to teach everyone how to cast a fly, all completely free. On top of that Hove Lagoon have helped us all by promoting the blue head torch filters so Shoreham Port can be satisfied anglers are doing their bit to aid safe passage through the harbour during the hours of darkness. Other good tackle shops include the Tackle Box at Brighton Marina, Squires Tackle in Southwick Square, Prime Angling and The Bait Shack in Worthing.
 

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I've used Hookers a few times now especially for lug. I haven't been disappointed yet! Very helpful but always call them first to order.
I would also recommend Poingdestres in Southampton. Excellent Ragworm.
Poingdesters is amazing for gear but rubbish bait the ragworm is farmed and dead when it looks at the sea.
 
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