It seems almost as if the 12 foot beachcaster has become a badge of office, a status symbol, for the aspiring shore angler, for those that know, nothing could be further from the truth.

Floatfishing a sandeel bait in the magenta half light of dawn or working a prawn behind a limpid swell tinted with the magnificent gold’s and orange of the setting sun, is a life experience for any angler. Especially when a foraging Bass breaks its cover in the shadow danced shallows to intercept the bait so naturally presented amongst the rocks and weedbeds.

Rockhopping with a big bumbag or knapsack, a handful of bait, a few lures and a float or two is a style of fishing which has always been a favourite with anglers who live beside the sea and for whom an hour or two’s fishing virtually every day is a part of their life style. But their secret has been discovered, their success when fishing the quiet hours is there to see for anyone who looks.

Part of the secret of minimalist tackle is keeping just enough tackle easily accessible so that if the tide and conditions are right for plugging, then you can pick up your plugs. If it is a bit windy and bottom fishing is the only practical method then picking up a few sinkers and rigs is easily done.

Floatfishing is the same but here we borrow a tip from our Coarse fishing brethren. Get yourself a "float tube". This is a plastic tube with soft push on ends to keep a few floats and a few pierced sinkers ready for when you need them. Not only does the float tube keep your floats from becoming bruised, battered and chipped but it makes it easy to stuff them in your bag with the knowledge that the right sinkers and bits are all there ready to use.