any fishermen out there? bearing in mind i havent had a fishing rod in my hands for the last 45 years i need some/a lot of advise regarding freshwater/lake fishing. going to the fishing/chill out meet in a fortnight and dont have a clue what i need to fish. been and bought a 3 mtr general purpose rod and reel but need advice on hook size, float type, lead shot size/amount of shot on line, line strength(the reel is already loaded but with what i dont know) i bought some size 10 hooks and a couple of clear hollow plastic floats with pretty orange dayglow paint on one end and a line ring on the other and a tub of split shot. dont even know what we're fishing for but i would think carp and trout or whatever they stick in fishing ponds/lakes. what bait should i be using for carp/trout? how far above the hook should the float be? can buy a rod licence online for a short period (1 day or 8 day) so no advice needed on that thanks. i could be so bored with this i chuck the lot in the lake and never fish again so minimal outlay please. cheers.