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Silverfisher

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I am a feeder fisherman through and through but I do own and use poles. If you have never pole fished you are losing out. The control and sensitivity you achieve are two leagues above normal waggler fishing. You can use a tiny float weighing nothing and shot that is virtually invisible to fish. I never really fish a waggler any more.

I have a £1300 pole, a £400 pole and two margin poles which cost less than £100 each all bought new. I use the margin poles the most as I fish mostly close in or down the margins and they are slimmer and more enjoyable to use. I use the £400 pole a lot to fish from about 6m to 13m. At that range there is nothing to choose between it and the expensive pole and topkits and sections are cheaper. I use the 16m pole to fish above 13m which is about once a year. In my humble opinion, if you are a casual pole user, it’s not worth spending more than £500-600.

You say that rods are a lot cheaper than poles but you need several rods for different situations along with reels. I’ve got 12 rods and judging by what other people on here say that is not a lot. You could easily fish 95% of pole situations with one £500 pole. The idea that sub £1000 poles aren’t up to much is not true. The benefits of dearer poles are on a scale of diminishing returns. The benefits you get with an expensive pole are length, and being manageable at very long lengths and they come with a lot more top kits, though you can easily start with a couple and add further ones when you need to.

It would be well worth you buying an 8m margin pole and giving it a go. You are missing out on a great fishing experience if you don’t. If you are ever going to fish any stillwaters that is.
I wouldn’t mind getting one if they weren’t so expensive just can’t get my head around a fairly average one costing about as much as probably my 5 most regularly used rods put together. It also doesn’t look like it would be that much fun for the predominantly small fish I catch not to mention a lot of stuff to lug about. Maybe one day if I become a bit more flush with money just to try but for now I’m happy with running line 👍🏻
 

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I do not know how to ask a question so I hope I'm in the right place but does anyone if I can fish the Yalding canal and if I can can I fish it in the close season
 

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I suspect not as its a canalised stretch of river but I am sure one of the more local members would know for sure.
I was in the tackle shop in Maidstone on Friday as I was going to mote Park (I blanked) and I said I normally fish the river but can't and the person in there said something about you can fish Wateringbury canal
 

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I was in the tackle shop in Maidstone on Friday as I was going to mote Park (I blanked) and I said I normally fish the river but can't and the person in there said something about you can fish Wateringbury canal
I believe its part of the River Medway and actually not a canal so no fishing in the closed season. Do you mean the stretch near the marina?
 

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OK that's OK can you recommend any other places to fish in the Kent area sorry if I'm asking a lot of questions as I'm realtivley new to fishing and I've only ever fished the river
My wife's niece runs Teapot Island at Yalding (she's the one with the fascination for teapots -had it for donkey's years) I can tell you that Yalding is at the confluence (posh eh?) of the rivers Beult, Tieste and Medway. Fishing is governed by the rules applicable to rivers so close season rules are currently in force. Depending on whereabouts you live, there are a number of day ticket fisheries (Orchard Place Farm is close by) where you can go and fish for silvers (small fish) or something a bit more substantial in one of their 12 lakes right now

I live in the area, as do one or two other members here. The best place for local fishing advice would be a tackle shop. There are 2 in Maidstone that I know of, and a number of others in the area
 

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OK that's OK can you recommend any other places to fish in the Kent area sorry if I'm asking a lot of questions as I'm realtivley new to fishing and I've only ever fished the river
As @Cobweb mentioned Orchard Place in Paddock Wood is good. When I lived down your neck of the woods I also liked Claygate Lakes near Horsmonden and Hartley lands Fishery near Cranbrook. All have a choice of lakes on site to fish. Plenty of fish to be caught too.
 

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As @Cobweb mentioned Orchard Place in Paddock Wood is good. When I lived down your neck of the woods I also liked Claygate Lakes near Horsmonden and Hartley lands Fishery near Cranbrook. All have a choice of lakes on site to fish. Plenty of fish to be caught too.
Claygate has a nice little lake for float fishing for roach, silvers etc close by the main entrance. nice folks there too very friendly and helpful - their big thing is the nice carp water that is currently being developed- I gave it a good look over last year - not my thing particularly as I'm not into long sessions - mostly feeder work these days, and at the time was looking for waters with a little more casting space. I agree Hartley Lands is also worth a look too. I'm going to try for membership of the bigger Cranbrook & District Angling this year - but there is a waiting list I believe!
 

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Claygate has a nice little lake for float fishing for roach, silvers etc close by the main entrance. nice folks there too very friendly and helpful - their big thing is the nice carp water that is currently being developed- I gave it a good look over last year - not my thing particularly as I'm not into long sessions - mostly feeder work these days, and at the time was looking for waters with a little more casting space. I agree Hartley Lands is also worth a look too. I'm going to try for membership of the bigger Cranbrook & District Angling this year - but there is a waiting list I believe!
Been a few years since I've been to either Claygate or Hartley lands. I had a look at Cranbrook AC website and they have some lovely looking waters. Hope you get a ticket soon!
 
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