Why catch garfish?
Where can I catch garfish?
Garfish can be caught in shallow waters around the British Isles from a pier, from the beach, from rocks or from a boat. They are migratory fish, and the best time to catch them is in the spring to the early summer months.
Do I need a licence?
No licence is currently required for sport fishing in either UK or Irish saltwater.
What tackle do I need?
As garfish rarely weigh more than a couple of pounds they can be caught on light tackle. An 8 to 10ft spinning rod with 3 to 4lb line is best. The silkhook is attached to the line with a swivel clip. If fishing from a slowly moving boat, a small amount of weight is needed to keep the silkhook below the surface. If shore fishing, use a small float and enough weight to enable casting but not sink the float.
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