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    Default The cost of your fishing.

    Seen on another thread. I noticed a remark saying "you Northern anglers don't know how cheap your fishing is" or something like that.
    Someones having a laugh.
    A fiver day ticket and bait, top that off with transport then the cost shoots up. If I fish twice a week the cost is then doubled. It's disgraceful.
    I mean I can spend twenty quid if I'm not careful. And you think our fishing is cheap.

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    I know this is a "fishing post". I will have the first nibble.
    It can be as cheap or expensive as you like. Your £20 sounds extravagant.
    A club OAP ticket for £15 for 365 days a year and half a loaf and some free worms.........my god how the expense racks up.

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    It's not quite as simple as North V South. Fishing costs, particularly tickets and bait, vary from region to region. There's no club I know of local to me with a yearly ticket in the region of the £10-20 that I see some mention. A pint of maggots is £3 and the local match type commies are all around £8-10.

    Based on what I see on the forums, the cheapest fishing appears to be around Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham. A lot of water and a reasonably large population centre appears to be the key to cheap fishing.

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    The water I’ve fished most this year is just £20 pounds for the year for OAPs, and it’s only 9 miles away, a lot cheaper than the £160 a year I’ve been paying at another fishery for the last five years.

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    Regularly fishing commercial waters can make fishing expensive a few trips can easily cost more than club membership. But fishing is still cheap when compared to watching or taking part in other sports.

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    It was me and I stand by my statement. A day ticket down here is typically a tenner...maybe 8 quid in some places but up to £12 in others. This is ordinary fishing not carping. To that you can add your petrol, bait, a few bit in the ts and lunch. I would not be remotely surprised to discover that an ordinary days fishing costs me, on average, around 30 nicker a pop.If I decide to have a go at the OBH zander it'll be nearly that just for a double rod ticket and before I've shelled out for some frozen deadbaits so nearer £40 I guess. Mrs S would have a fit if she knew but fortunately she doesnt.

    My club books are anything from £110 to £130 a year....and that's fairly typical and not some restricted membership syndicate. Maggots are £3-80 a pint wherever you go. A day's trite fishing on farmoor is £25 as I recall...might be more. Its not a cheap hobby dahn sarf though a lot cheaper than gaulf.

    Of course if you happen to be over 65 ( I'm not yet) the cost reduces significantly. The Big Feller is older than me and pays a lot less for the same club books AND day tickets. It really pi$$es me off and will do until I qualify for the senior rates which wont be for another couple of years.

    But its what I do and I live where I live. If money was tight I couldn't do it....which is not to say I'm loaded because I most certainly am not but I dont smoke, I dont drink, I dont gamble and I dont mess about with other women so that unquestionnably helps.
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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    My cards cost £130 and £80 respectively. The cheaper club includes 3 day ticket waters one of which is unlimited visits and the other two 10 visits. Those alone would cost £100 at £5 per day.

    Maggots are £2.20 a pint at AD. I don’t consider the hobby as expensive.

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    Well that sounds just a tad patronising to me. £2-20 a pint is a steal..but I still maintain,taking all things into account, that angling is considerably cheaper "oop North" than it is down here. My cousin who lives in Lincoln nearly fell off his chair when I told him how much maggots cost me.

    One of those cards is ( I suspect) a Prince Albert membership which is astonishingly good value if you live close enough to the waters to make use of it. I dont...I'm still a member simply so that I have access to some sea trout fishing but its not good value any more and I may well have to give that one up next year.There is nothing like that down here,nothing.

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    I wasn’t being patronising just stating that I am happy with my two cards one of which is PAAS. I cannot do justice to all the waters available to me so haven’t bothered with other clubs which are reasonably numerous. I consider the facility offer very good value. Before AD took over my local tackle shop the maggots were 3ven cheaper. I may have got the figure wrong but don’t think so. If I have they are £2.70 a pint so still very reasonable .

    I buy far too much tackle but am happy to do so.

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    Default Re: The cost of your fishing.

    The Office for National Statistics tells us that median weekly earnings in the South East are about £50 a week up on the rest of the Uk. And the houses of its inhabitants generally worth about £100,000 more than elsewhere, should they decide to cash in and move to where maggots are a bit cheaper.

    That aside, I've often thought that's it's a problem in angling that many expect to get their fishing very cheaply (not that I've ever had a lot of money myself). I've met plenty of anglers carrying loads of very expense tackle complaining bitterly that the price of club books or tickets has gone up; I've seen blokes with stuff worth a king's ransom embarrass themselves by trying to dodge a bailiff or shirk a ticket.

    To paraphrase the old Furry Freak Brothers motto, cheap tackle will get you through times of good fishing better than dear tackle will get you through times of poor fishing. Maybe, despite everything we can all say to decry the authorities, the angling scene would look a bit better had we been, over time, as willing to invest in the waters as we have been to spend on gear?

    I believe golfers pay a lot more for their sport. I wonder, just to take one example, what the status of cormorants would be had they a tendency to dig up golf greens rather than eat coarse fish.

    I don't disagree that going fishing can cost a fair bit these days, but I can have a day fishing for about what it would cost me to park the car for a couple of hours in some hideous city centre and enjoy a drink and a plastic wrapped sandwich in some awful chain coffee shop.

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