The complete guide to fishing on holiday

by Freddie Sandford |
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Huge fish on far-flung tropical islands, monster carp in Europe, and freshwater giants in Thailand - dedicated fishing holidays are the stuff of an angler’s dreams.

But for most of us, trips with our partner or family getaways take priority over these often-pricey trips. It is possible to sneak a bit of fishing in though, and sometimes even get your fellow holidaymakers involved.

In this article, we’re revealing a few great tips that’ll allow you to combine your favourite hobby with a relaxing break, keeping everyone happy along the way.


If you’ve got a trip to the seaside planned this summer, you have fantastic way opportunity sneak a bit of fishing in.

You don’t need anything fancy to get a few bites, with a rod, reel, line, and a few feathers enough to catch mackerel in many places. These are easily tucked into the car, and a few hours’ fishing when the tides are right is a great way to unwind from the stresses that a family trip can bring! What’s more, as it’s such an easy way to fish, you can get the rest of the family involved too.

If you're staying near the coast the Fisheagle Saracen Mackerel Rod, Reel and Rigs Outfit is a great option to take with you. It comprises basic rod, reel and accessories package that has everything you need to catch a few mackerel from the beach, rocks or pier.


  • Comes with everything you need to go fishing.
  • Rod and reel can be used for other types of sea fishing.


  • It might be worth buying a few more feathers as they are quite basic.

The Stillwater Rapid Fishing Shelter is a lightweight shelter offering protection on those long or short fishing sessions.
100% wind and water resistant
Easily erected
Integral PVC groundsheet
Reinforced fibreglass poles
2oz Oxford nylon
Nylon carry case
Weight: 1.8kg
Dimensions: H: 270 x W: 120 x D: 120cm


  • Easy to erect, great for providing shade on hot days for family members.
  • lightweight so its easy to carry and transport.


  • Not the strongest shelter in windy conditions.

Lure fishing is another great way to get your angling fix whilst on the coast.  Get yourself a short rod, lightweight reel, braid, fluorocarbon leader and an assortment of lures, and you’re good to go. These items can be stored in the car, ready to be grabbed if you’re on the beach and see signs of fish, or even if you want to pop out for hours at dawn and dusk and catch the prime tides. Spinners and soft plastics will cover you for a host of species, from vibrant wrasse to bristling bass.

If you're not sure what fishing opportunities may be available, the Kinetic Allround CC Combo is a general-purpose rod and reel setup that's perfect for everything from lightweight perch and trout to heavyweight cod and pike.

The strong and reliable two-piece rod features single-legged SIC guides and a comfortable EVA camo handle, and the reel boasts a corrosion resistant graphite body and rotor which also helps to keep its weight to a minimum.


  • Lightweight rod, great for kids or beginners.
  • Guides and fixtures are good quality so wont corrode easily.


  • The line on the reel isn't the best quality so it might be worth changing.

The Stillwater Full Monty Drop Shot Kit has everything you need to enjoy a spot of drop shotting - the perfect tactic for enjoying any opportune fishing sessions.

The kit includes a rod, reel, braid flourocarbon and a 50-piece drop shot kit with all the essential accessories required such as weights, lures, hooks and jigheads.


  • Nice selection of lures to use.
  • The reel in the package is superb for a cheaper model.


  • The rod is quite soft so is only really suitable for light lure fishing.

One of the benefits of sea fishing is that it’s free, so you don’t generally have to worry about getting permission. A rod licence isn’t required either!

Not all seaside fishing needs to involve rods and reels, with crabbing one of the best ways to engage youngsters with the aquatic world. Although not ‘angling’ in the way we know it, lifting a crab out of the murky depths is incredibly exciting for youngsters. Get yourself a crabbing kit and a packet of bacon for bait and fish around harbour walls. Whilst it’s mainly for kids, you might be surprised how much you enjoy it!

Fish the rockpools and harbour walls with the kids this summer, recapture a bit of your youth and fill up a crab bucket or chase down some little fish among the rocks.


  • The easiest way to get the family involved in fishing.
  • Great for catching bait too.


  • The nets can be a little fine which can cause them to tear easily.


Have you ever gone away and stumbled across a bit of lake, river or canal that you’d love to have a cast in, but sadly there was no room in the car for your tackle?
These days, there have been advancements in kit that mean rods are more compact than ever. In the carp fishing world that’s especially true, with Nash Scopes changing the game with a butt-section that slides neatly inside the rod’s handle. You can easily tuck one or two of these in the car, plus a small bag of terminal tackle. One of the great joys of summer carping is that the fish can often be stalked with a bit of bread or corn, so you don’t necessarily have to bring a pile of boilies with you that’ll stink out the car!

Nash Scope Abbreviated Rods
Price: £129.99 - £180.00

With their retractable butt sections, the Nash Scope Abbreviated Rods pack down to a much more compact size than traditional carp rods. The 9ft models pack down to 44 inches (112cm), the 10ft models to 50 inches (127cm) and the 6ft Sawn-Off models retract to just 29 inches (73cm).

They are perfect for chucking in with your holiday essentials if there's a specimen carp lake nearby and they will easily handle carp of all sizes and casting heavy leads.


  • One of the best retractable rods on the market.
  • Perfect for all styles of angling from carp to barbel.


  • The length will reduce casting distances.

As in saltwater fishing, lure angling is a great way to enjoy a bit of holiday sport, with light dropshot tackle perfect for exploring a river or canal. As these rods are short, you can keep one setup in the car, ready for a few hours’ lure fishing. Small perch are obliging in most places, but you’ll also pick up larger ones, plus the occasional pike and chub on the tactic.

If you prefer a bit of float fishing for mixed species, you can still enjoy some holiday sport. Trying to sort through your existing kit and cutting it down can be tricky. If you don’t fancy doing so, there are inexpensive fishing sets out there that are more than adequate for a few bites.

Before you fish any river, lake or canal, make sure to seek permission from the owner if it’s not a free-to-fish.

Stillwater Complete Fishing Kits
Price: From £12.00

The Stillwater Complete Fishing Kits are designed to provide you with top quality tackle for catching a range of freshwater species. Available in Trout, Perch and Pike packs, each set has specifically chosen lures and tackle in a handy tacklebox.


  • Ideal to boost your tackle box.
  • Species specific to save confusion.


  • Only predator packs are available.

The Leeda Coarse Fishing Outfit is supplied with a 12ft Match rod and a perfectly-matched size 30 reel pre-loaded with 4lb monofilament line along with a host of accessories so you've got everything you need to get fishing!

For beginners there is also a instruction booklet detailing setup and bait instructions.

Kit includes:
12ft Match Rod
Size 30 reel with 4lb mono line
Bait box
Rod rest
Lead shot
Accessory box


  • Contains everything you need to start fishing.
  • Ideal for beginners and kids, takes the hassle out of remembering all the items they might need.


  • You will need to purchase a landing net separately.


If you’re fortunate enough to be going abroad this summer, there’s no need to rule out the chance of fishing. Whilst you can sometimes squeeze a bit of tackle in a suitcase, it’s not necessarily going to survive the journey! The best way to protect your kit is in a proper travel case. Although they’re not cheap, they’re certainly less expensive than replacing smashed tackle.

Sportube Series 2 Fishing Travel Case
Price: £199.99 - £239.99

Sportube's double fishing case, the Series 2, is perfect to hold all you need for a day or weekend fishing trip. Hard plastic shell protects your equipment whether traveling by plane, train automobile or shipping via FedEx/UPS.

The Series 2 holds up to 10 aluminum fly rod rubes or 10 spin casting, waders, boots, nets, tackles boxes, lunch and more and is available in black or blaze orange colour options.

Easy Pull Handle, Pin, x4 Ski Straps, x4 Rubber Band Brake Retainers
Padded at both ends for additional protection
5 year manufacturer's warranty
Length - Adjustable from 48" to 83" (122cm to 212cm) *These are internal dimensions
Width - 11" (280mm) *These are internal dimensions
Depth - 6" (152mm) *These are internal dimensions
Weight - 12lbs
Material - High Density Polyethylene


  • The best solution for keeping expensive rods safe during transit.
  • Robust, practical and lightweight with 5 years warranty.


  • The wheels could be more pronounced for uneven terrain like pavements.

Protect yourself against the sun and those nasty little biting bugs, with the Simms BugStopper Hoody Bay Leaf Heather.

The tech-heavy BugStopper Hoody is a quick-drying hoody with an Insect Shield for long-lasting relief from biting insects. The COR3™ fabric helps to fight odours and wick moisture to keep you dry.

It’s also rated to UPF 50 for sun protection, and the arms and shoulders are cut for a full range of motion and a natural cast.


  • Very comfortable to wear.
  • Great for preventing sunburn tooth UPF 50 protection rating.


  • Won't be too everyone's liking.

Author Freddie Sandford studied History & Archaeology at the University of Sheffield and started working for Angling Times shortly after graduating. After a few years as a News Reporter, he was promoted to the News Editor Role.

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