Course fishing France/Spain

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  1. John.

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    Setting off shortly through the tunnel taking a few weeks to get to Cadiz and wondered if it is worth taking a rod & reel to kill a few hours or would it be a lot of hassle getting permits etc?
    Thanks.
     
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    Since Brexit I think it’s impossible to catch fish abroad.

    Sorry.

    Even more sorry if you were planning to take your cat with you.
     
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    Is course fishing different from fine fishing?
     
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    I’ve been slowly coming down France with the intention to fish but the rivers and lakes are very low and lots of weed due to the long hot dry summer..

    Arrived at twin lakes today and the level is very low but have seen some fish caught today....

    I’ll watch this thread as I’d like to fish in Spain too....
     
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    Coarse fishing is for working men, fine fishing is for us retired folk!
    I have found that you need a lot of local knowledge to catch fish in France, or only fish early morning and dusk. Apart from carp everything caught seems destined for the pot so the fishes hide during the day!
    You need licences for everywhere except some private lakes, with different (not cheap) licences for different areas.
     
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    Great answer Bob thanks(y)
    In that case I'll wait till we get to Fuerteventura and fish in the sea.
     
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    I don’t know whether the rules in Fuerteventura are the same as in Spain. If they are then I think you will need a license for sea fishing. I’m sure somebody will be along to confirm this.
     
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    Thanks dalspa.
    Yes definitely need a license in Fuerteventura luckily we already have them.
    They only cost a few euro and last for 3years so worth getting.
     
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    I’ve often thought that sea fishing ( from the shore) would be a nice way to pass the time in Spain etc,, but never having fished before I’m thinking it would be expensive for all the gear? Is it?? Xx
     
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    You do need a licence to sea fish in Spain and for rivers and lakes you need a licence for each region.
     
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    & isn't there one licence to fish from the shore & a differnt one to fish from a boat ?
     
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    You can pick up tackle quite cheap at car boot sales, or on Gumtree. No need to spend a lot. Could get by with a telescopic rod, reel and weights etc for beach fishing. For spinning a shorter rod (two piece, or telescopic), same reel and assortment of spinners. A landing net could be an optional extra but, unless you are lucky, could be unused.
    I only tend to take spinning gear as this keeps me on the move more. I have just come back from the Med where I fished some days from my (inflatable) kayak. Lots of fish, many big mullet, around me but no luck. There’s always a next time . I only fish for a few minutes, just to occupy the time, unlike some who sit all day.
     
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    Correct (y)

    And in Andalucia (at least) rumour has it you have to take an exam for a fishing licence !!!
     
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    Met a young couple who were living in the back of a tranny van the other night by a river, as soon as they parked up he was out with a rod, he reckons he does it all over and they eat what he catches, they went hungry that night though. Not a bite.
     
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    As @jumartoo has posted, yes one for shore, one for boat, one for rivers and lakes.
    Would be interesting to know how many Spanish and South Americans that fish alongside me in Mazarron have the required paperwork....it's so easy to obtain but I have never been asked to produce mine.
     
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    Yes to my knowledge they won't accept a UK one as proof & insist on you have to take the exam.
     
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    You can buy a licence which covers the whole (or most) of France, but it’s not cheap - 96 euros - and runs Jan to Dec. Bought one myself the other day and have been fishing the canals from the hire boat that we’re on (have left the motorhome behind for a while).

    So far have only caught the smallest fish that I have ever caught. I think perhaps the methods I have used back in the UK do not work so well in France. Most here seem to use spinners, quite successfully, for Zander etc. I am more the sit and watch your float and bag a few roach type.
     
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    Have a great trip John, very envious and maybe see you in Fuerteventura next Feb

    Andy
     
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    I have fished the river Loir (not the big Loire!) from behind my van on the campsite at Durtal quite a few times and during the day you would swear the river was devoid of fish. Perhaps the odd tiny skimmer or bleak, but put some groundbait in and fish at first light or as it gets dark and it's like someone has flicked a switch. Big bream (I have had them up to 8lb) chub and smaller bream but under French law you can't fish in the dark, except for carp in some places.
     
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