Short Guide to Whip Fishing


A whip is similar to a fishing Pole. The main difference being, whips have a much shorter length than poles and are usually fished without elastics. Most commonly whips are telescopic, made from fiberglass and can be very cheap. 

Beginners can find a great working whip at below £20 and for a more dedicated whip angler, whips can reach over £400. The more expensive whips are usually created from carbon fibre allowing for a lighter and more easy to use whip. 

Whips are a great option to fish on smaller ponds, canals, rivers and streams.


The most popular way of fishing with whips is little and often. This will keep as many fish in the swim as possible while attracting more. There's a variety of baits that can be used alongside the whip and will mainly come down to personal preference. The more popular baits are loose feed maggots, pinkies, casters and a type of groundbait. A small ball of groundbait can create a cloud in the water and the fish will sometimes feed more confidently.

Maggots are also a great option for the hookbait. Sometimes having a slightly larger hookbait than the loose feed will be an attractant and you will more likely get a bite. 

Feeding patterns can also be an important factor. If you're constantly only feeding and catching in the same location you might find you stop getting bites. A good rule of thumb is catch two to three fish then move the angle slightly to catch another shoal of fish and so on. This is a great method and can increase your overall catch rate.


This choice will mainly come down to the anglers preferred style of fishing. Both whips and poles can reach good distances. In competitions, whips can be a faster way of catching than poles. 

The most optimal way to use a whip will be to have about the same or slightly under the whips length of line. This allows the fish to be swung straight into the arms of the angler allowing for faster fishing than poles. 

The longer poles will traditionally have to be used alongside a roller and then the top section of the pole will have to be taken apart to retrieve the fish. For a more in depth look at Pole Fishing check out our Fishing Pole Buying Guide.


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