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  1. #11

    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    Like most things this question produces another variable answer depending on where we are.Here is Essex £2.75/3 is normal for maggots.I know a neighbor, who I take fishing,I think he buys them singly and they become friends over time, it is said it answers to its name too, but then he is from N Yorks. On that subject, when I lived there in the 50's the Don and the Dearne were so polluted immersion meant a hospital stay!
    Back on the subject most day ticket waters here are 10-15 per day, less for concessions at most places.I would pay that just to get out of the house and get some peace and quiet and until they teach fish to talk, long may that remain.Its not dear looked at in context. Clubs are typically £80 a year with unlimited access. How far I travel and what type of fish I go after is my choice alone so the cost is part of the decision.For larger carp fishing though they go from circa 200 to over 4k pa. I can and do blank everywhere so it makes no difference to me where I go.
    Its a great sport where I can indulge myself or be frugal. Cant think of anything else which can really compare for the cost, save maybe hiking/rambling, but at my advanced age I would forget to turn back..Sorry about the crack about Gods own county but a little levity is sadly missing today.

  2. #12

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    I have recently moved to the North having lived down South for almost all my life. I think it is just down to certain choices. Some clubs up here, including PAAS and Ribchester are in excess of £100 a year (more than i have personally encountered down South) but do offer good waters depending on where you live. I have not joined yet but have, what I feel, is an absolute bargain, a permit to fish the 30 odd miles of the Lancaster Canal for the princely sum of £20 a year.

    Have fished it a couple times this week and reckon I used about £1 of bait each day, which consisted of some bread, for punch and liquidised, a few casters (the main outlay) and some worms.

    Managed about 12lb one day and about 5lb on the second visit. Can't complain at that relative to the cost.

    I also join Birmingham each year for a few trips to the Severn, including a week there each September. At £40 I reckon that book is amazing value given the vast range of waters available.

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    I find that the internet is the most expensive item causing excess cost of fishing for me. It makes it far too easy to find items of tackle that I just cannot live without.

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    I find angling very inexpensive for the pleasure I get from it. I don't belong to any clubs and never buy day tickets or fish commercials, this keeps the cost down considerably. My only inescapable cost is obviously the yearly rod license, maggots cost me about £2.20 a pint if memory serves me correctly, I don't buy them often.
    Coming from the Liverpool area, I can fish numerous park lakes for free once registered with the council. I have the canal just up the road, and fortunately have access to a couple of small lakes that are free to fish.
    I source the vast majority of my bait very cheaply from the supermarket; bread, sweetcorn, bacon grill etc. I make ground bait from old biscuits, frozen old bread, bird feed etc. Costs next to nothing. I will occasionally buy a big bag of crushed hemp for about £4.
    My main rod can be used as a 10ft float rod or 8 / 10ft quiver tip, cost me £49, and I have a second hand Shakespeare reel.
    I have an inexpensive drop shot set up, and have spent a good few quid on lures but they will be seeing plenty of use over the colder months.

    I lived down south for years and don't think your location is THE major factor in how expensive your fishing is. I know plenty of people here in Liverpool that have grands worth of tackle and happily spend a fortune on bait and day tickets. I'm sure there are plenty of people down south that are happy to dig up a few worms to fish on the local cut, without a barrow creaking under the weight of their expensive tackle collection.

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    In cumbria if fluff chucking country with some coarse fishing cheapest is £5 the closest too me to £7.50 just past Carlislethe lake I now go too is £6 a day and the club is 50 a year. Another club is 100 a year for one lake so it's really up too you I know for a day I can do it for around 10 inc food and fuel

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    In my part of the world I can fish as cheaply or as expensively as I wish. Mid Kent Fisheries want £350 (no concessions) for a season ticket and the Stour Valley complex want £20 for a day ticket.

    Fortunately I have the free to everyone sea on my doorstep and a lovely section of river through Canterbury that’s totally free. My estate ticket is £60 per annum and my CDAA ticket is the same price.

    At £3 per pint I guess maggots are on the dearer side but I most probably don’t use more than 20 pints per season, if that. Summer fishing is meat, corn and bread, chip as chips..........no a lot cheaper than chips!

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    Quote Originally Posted by s63 View Post
    I can fish as cheaply or as expensively as I wish.
    That sums it up really. It's only as cheap or expensive as the individual makes it.

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    7 quid for a day ticket
    3 quids worth of on site pellets
    Big bag of Method mix 7 quid (lasts 4 visits)
    4 tins sweetcorn 2 quid ?
    maggots ( dunno 2 quid a pint ? )
    Cosy of additional floats , drennan quick stops , Stotts , hooks to nylon etc when I go and pick up said maggots £15

  9. #19
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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    Very variable for me.

    If I'm doing a forty mile round trip with a kilo of worms, a bag of groundbait and a couple of pints of reds then it really does rack up but it still represents good value compared to, say, going to watch ninety minutes of league football.

    On the other hand, if I take into account all of the costs associated with a session I have planned for tomorrow then all in I reckon i'll come in under a fiver and that includes bait (a farmhouse loaf), fuel @14 miles divided by 60mpg and the price of the ticket divided by the amount of times I anticipate using it.

    Sometimes though I can count the cost of not going fishing by what I might go out and otherwise spend out of pure boredom or projects which I wish I had never started in the first place lol.

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    fish either the Colne or Thames at Staines (both free) bait is either breadflake or cheesepaste. Any cheaper and they would be paying me.

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