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Why not beachcasting?
All the magazine journalists write about little else.
Long range beachcasting is a specialist technique that you only need to consider if you have very flat, featureless beaches and the fish swim at extreme range. It so happens that there are a few venues like this near London and home counties journalists naturally write about the conditions they experience. Most anglers in the rest of Britain - with a few exceptions in Lancashire/Cumbria - could fish successfully for a lifetime without even owning a conventional beachcaster. OK, most do use one sometimes when fishing is slow or the whiting are running.
Beachcasting rods are heavy and tiring to hold for long periods. They encourage a lazy style of fishing where the rod is propped in a rest for most of the time and most fish must hook themselves. They are only suitable for fishing on the bottom and in most places are really a match fishing tool.
Instead learn to floatfish and to use a lure. Use just one light rod - a second hand 'carp' rod is ideal. Travel light, be prepared to move to follow fish and keep your eyes open. For most of the year you will catch more.
Unless stated otherwise: Everything in this site refers to fishing in the British Isles and similar northern European waters.