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Planning a UK fishing trip? Here’s the winter essentials

There are some fish that are worth waiting for, especially if you live in the UK.

The harsh winter elements were made for cod fishing off the seas of Brighton. It’s peak season and will likely stay that way until the end of February. And if you’re looking to beat your personal best then this is one of the best opportunities you’ll get all year.

So what are you waiting for? Here’s a checklist for your next UK fishing trip.


Fishing oilskins

Oilskins are one of the best ways to keep your clothes warm and dry. Made from PVC materials and reinforced with adjustable straps, our fishing oilskins are strong, comfortable and easy to maintain throughout your trip.

If you can get some that come in bright colours, including neon, even better. It’s a good safety precaution on any fishing trip.


Wet weather gear

Trousers, jackets and even sleeves – these are the essentials for staying dry and warm on your adventure.


Like oilskins, it’s good to choose waterproofs that are adjustable to your body. That way no excess water will seep through and ruin your clothing.



Whether it’s for a cuppa, or some hot soup, a large thermoflask is a great way to make waiting for your next catch a little more comfortable.

Need some inspiration? Check out our recent article about must-have fishing gadgets.


Sun protection

It might be winter but that doesn’t mean your skin will be immune to harmful UV rays.

As a general rule, it’s a good idea to reapply sun protection every four hours. It’ll keep your exposed skin safe and also act as a moisturising barrier against any harsh elements.



You’ll probably never need it. But having a GPS isn’t just practical, it’s good for peace of mind too.


First aid kit

Travelling with a first aid kit is a good idea regardless of where your next adventure is heading.

The most useful stuff to remember are:

  • Plasters
  • Antihistamine
  • Antiseptic
  • Pain killers (e.g paracetamol, ibuprofen)
  • Cotton gauze
  • Rehydration sachets

Anything else is a useful bonus.


Measuring tape

How else are you going to measure the size of your catch?


Hand lotion

Salt water. Freezing temperatures. These types of conditions can reek havoc on your skin.

So if you want to avoid unnecessary splits and cuts to your hands, take a good quality hand cream with you. You might feel silly at first but there’s no reason to ruin a perfectly good trip because your mitts are looking rough.


Hats and gloves

If you’ve already packed your foul-weather waterproofs and fishing oilskins, then the last step is to remember warm accessories.

There’s a good chance you wouldn’t forget this kind of thing anyway. But it always helps to bring a spare pair with you. It’s unlikely that you’ll find an opportunity to dry your clothes and hats/gloves – so an emergency set will be welcome, we promise.


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