John Wilson's tips for choosing lines and shockleaders for sea fishing

Angling TV star John Wilson has used a multitude of lines for his sea fishing over the years, both monofilament line and braided line.

Finding a reliable, strong and supple line for beach and boat fishing has been the holy grail, but now, after months of experimentation, he's finally found it.

In this video John explains the advantages of his chosen lines and braids, plus details a couple of great knots that are ideal for linking shockleaders to fishing mainlines...



Adventures on Suffolk's Orford Island

Essex brothers Gary and Mark Poole are typical wannabe beach anglers.

They want to be on the shore catching fish but they didn't know where to they linked up with Sea Angler and Walton-on-the Naze tackle dealer, Richard Holgate to learn the ropes.

The story of how they have progressed has unfolded each month on the pages of Sea Angler, and despite the growing pains, they learnt by sheer will, determination and practice how to present a bait on the hook and launch it into the sea.

They learnt that beach fishing is no more complicated than getting the basics right. Fish the established hot spots on the best tides, use quality baits properly presented, and - vital for the Essex coast at least - cast the necessary distance. Not hard is it?

The winning formula is a combination of keying into natural history and mastering a handful of core skills. The tackle side is equally straightforward. Choose the right tools for the job, and don't get bogged down in technology. This isn't a lesson is wearing an anorak - it is a practical fishing lesson.

But like all schoolroom work, the theory gets boring so we let the lads flex their legs by getting off the Orford ferry, in deepest Suffolk, and walking the long path to the steep main shingle bank facing the North Sea.

With a welcome sun warming the air and a blue sky bathing the famous East Anglian cod mark, the Poole boys set to their task...and filled their boots with fresh spring run codling to 4lb along with welcome whiting and writhing dogfish.

Everything they learnt from instructor, Richard and published in the magazine, gelled together with the anglers regularly treading shingle as they headed for the waters edge to claim yet another fish flapping at the waters edge.

The hours of patient instruction paid dividends as brothers Gary and Mark feasted on fish after fish, underlining how important it is to listen to what you are told and fish when the shoals are running the beach.

The boys will be back hunting bigger fish... read all about their exploits in Sea Angler magazine.



First time sea fishing... Editor, Iain Toombs, has been a coarse angler all his life, never once tried fishing from the shore or boat.

After being invited to come along to Aldeburgh in Suffolk to put some budget beachcasting kits to the test, Iain jumped at the chance.

Here's an account of what happened, perfectly capturing what it was like to catch your first fish...



Alan Yates' Pulley Rig

The Pulley Rig is Alan Yates' favourite sea fishing set-up for tackling big fish over rough ground.

It is easy to tie and creates a superb free-running link that ensures the lead always rises above any snags on the sea bottom.

In this short video he shows the rig's uses, how it's created and reveals why it's one of the best rigs a shore angler can use.



Alan Yates on disgorging sea fish

Alan Yates is widely respected on the sea-angling circuit, so when he offers some advice it's hard not to take notice.

In this video he shows how easy it is to remove hooks from sea fish, providing you know how to use a Gemini Disgorger correctly.

He also shows how to handle rough-fleshed dogfish too, to prevent your hands and arms being torn to shreds!



Alan Yates on using a fish smoker

Having a portable fish smoker adds a completely new dimension to your sea fishing.

They are available from all good tackle shops and are really simple to use.

Here Alan Yates primes a portable fish smoker up and shows how easy it is to cook a couple of cod fillets on the beach.

The end result definitely looks good enough to eat, as Alan clearly shows!



Alan Yates' Rig Stops trick

Do you ever wish that you could make a shore rig that's fully versatile? Do you ever want to alter the position of the bottom hook trace, but you can't be bothered to re-tie another rig?

Well, Alan Yates has come up with a neat idea that does away with locked crimps to attach the bottom boom, and instead uses simple rig stops, enabling him to slide his boom to whatever position he desires. This is how it's done...



Richard Holgate's pendulum casting tips

Richard Holgate knows a thing or two about beach fishing, being an angler of Home International standard and absolutely deadly on the Essex match scene. Here he shows how to reach those far off fish efficiently using the pendulum cast. It the one cast that every aspiring beach and shore sea angler ought to learn, so this video will help you enormously...




Setting up a beach buddy

Former World Champion and expert tackle developer, Ian Golds, has a really simple trick up his sleeve to ensure that absolutely any shore and beach angler can quickly and easily set up a beach buddi single-handledly, even when it's blowing a howling gale...



World Champion and tackle developer, Ian Golds, shows how easy it is to set up a beach buddy single-handedly, even when fishing in a gale.

John Holden's Top Casting Tips

Founding father of the Sea Angler Casting Club and long-time sea fishing expert, John Holden, knows a thing or two to help reach those far feeding fish. Here he passes on a few very simple ideas that he uses that ensure he always presents his rigs right on the fish's noses!


Founder father of the Sea Angler Casting Club and long-time expert beach angler, John Holden, passes on some of the tip tops that he uses to ensure that his rig always reaches the fish, no matter how distant they are from the breakers. Some say that the best things in life are the simplest... and this video just proves that point!

Century Kompressor Sport rod on test

It's been long-awaited within the sea fishing world, but finally Century's new beachcaster has been released. Sea Angler's Paul Fenech took the brand new Century Kompressor Sport rod to a Norfolk beach, equipped it with a multiplier, tied a suitable rig and shockleader and put it through its paces. Was he impressed with this new rod's casting performance? Why not take a look and find out for yourself...


Impact leads for winter beach fishing

No-one knows beach fishing tactics like Alan Yates, so when he suggests which Impact leads you ought to use for this winter's beach fishing sessions, you just have to take note.


Alan Yates gives an insight into which impact leads you need to carry for winter beach fishing.

Alan Yates on storing beach rigs

So many sea anglers suffer from tangled rigs, ending in frustrated time wasted prizing them apart. In this short video, Alan Yates reveals a simple yet extremely effective way of storing four or five rigs on a cheap section of foam pipe insulation. And at the same time Alan also explains the principle behind the rig that he uses most when distance casting with either worms or peeler crabs from the shoreline.



Get the most from ragworm

Ragworm give sea baits plenty of attractive movement that draw in all manner of sea fish. Alan Yates shows how to hook ragworm and white ragworm effectively, plus he reveals a secret to lift the bait attractively off the bottom.

You need to have at least Adobe Flash Player 7 to watch these videos, if you do not have it, you can download it for free here.

Get the most from lugworm

Alan Yates shows how to get the most from lugworm. See how best to hook lugworm to ensure long-lasting scent trails, plus how to create great lugworm cocktail baits that provide movement to attract different sea fish.



You need to have at least Adobe Flash Player 7 to watch these videos, if you do not have it, you can download it for free here.

How to make a boom rig

Alan Yates describes how he ties the perfect Boom Rig, explaining the knots and ideal breaking strain of lines to use for various species and conditions.


You need to have at least Adobe Flash Player 7 to watch these videos, if you do not have it, you can download it for free here.

Using bait release systems

How to correctly use a Bait Shield to create a failsafe sea fishing rig for aerodynamic, tangle-free casting, keeping your bait secure throughout the flight.

You need to have at least Adobe Flash Player 7 to watch these videos, if you do not have it, you can download it for free here.

Rigs for beach fishing at range

Alan Yates details the rig he uses for sea fishing at range, utilising impact leads and cascade swivels to ensure the baited hooks are released when the rig settles on the sea bed.

You need to have at least Adobe Flash Player 7 to watch these videos, if you do not have it, you can download it for free here.