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Fishermans' Friends

Fishermans' Friends

By Swansway Motor Group 27-07-2018

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Angling remains the pastime of choice for well over 1.5 million of us in the UK; we certainly love our fishing and as National Fishing Month begins we take a look at the vehicles most suited to the committed angler.

Which are the best cars for anglers?

if you're looking for the ultimate fishermans' friend then you need to be loking at cars, and vans, which fall into the follwing sectors:

  • Vans - space for tackle and friends - Volkswagen Transporter T6 kombi
  • SUV 4x4 - perfect for muddy tracks and wet fields -  Land Rover Discovery
  • Campervan - Save on B&B bills, sleepover on the spot - Volkswagen California
  • Estate Car - practical for family and fishing - Peugeot 308 SW
  • MPV - fully flexible interiors - Citroën Berlingo Multispace

Which car should you choose if you're a keen fisherman?

Dependent on where you choose to fish you may be looking at off-road capability for un-made roads or muddy tracks; you’ll certainly be looking for plenty of space to store your gear and if you’re fishing with friends, then you’ll need space and seating.

All this and you’ll need it to be practical for non-fishing activities too, commuting, supermarket trips, school runs etc.

So, which cars should you be looking at?

Fisherman with rod by a lake


The best cars for anglers fall into 5 groups and the first thing to say is that your perfect car may well be a...

Van

From a compact van such as the Peugeot Bipper or Volkswagen Caddy, up to a Volkswagen Transporter T6, today’s vans are much more like cars and they can accommodate the keenest fisherman’s tackle and in the case of the VW Transporter T6 kombi, all your fisherman’s friends too!

The larger vans are great for your carrying your tackle and your friends, but remember, if you’re thinking of going off the beaten track, a van may not be your best option unless, of course, you opt for the Volkswagen Transporter T6 kombi 4Motion, which adds 4 wheel drive to its 5 seats and multiple storage areas.

White VW Transporter T6 kombi with sliding door open

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SUV – 4x4

Not all SUV are created equal and for a keen fisherman’s needs, you need to ensure that the SUV you choose doesn’t just look like a 4x4, but actually does have 4 wheel drive.

The undisputed king of the 4 x 4 is Land Rover and their latest Discovery is not only a joy to look at, but offers a great combination of luxury, seats and tackle space. You may find yourself pressed into service rescuing less fortunate anglers from muddy fields and banks, but you’ll be doing it in style.

Silver Land Rover Discovery parked on a beach seen from the rear

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Campervan

A practical option, not only to transport your tackle and your chums, but to sleepover and save yourself the B&B bills. The great thing about the Volkswagen California, whether you choose the Ocean or Beach version, it’s compact enough for everyday life, at the same as offering a really comfortable night’s sleep for four adults.

There’s no end of place the VW California can take you, extending your fishing possibilities to Europe and beyond.

VW California with awning and picnic table out in beautiful location

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Estate

Just recently estate cars have gone out of favour, with people choosing the currently trendy SUV above the more traditional estate car shaped formula, but, as a fisherman you’d do well to consider an estate car, as in general the storage they offer can be more usable and practical than in an SUV.

Make sure you consider the usable space when one or both rear seats are dropped; many estates are now just as smart as the hatchbacks or saloons they’re derived from and they make a brilliant family car. Take the Peugeot 308 SW, there’s no doubt it’s a really good-looking car, but at first glance it may appear too small.

Appearance can be deceptive though and it offers a 660 litre boot with the back seats still in use and a whopping 1,775 litres when the seats are dropped. The perfect compromise car.

Blue Peugeot 308 SW driving away from you down a lane

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MPV

Along with estate cars, the MPV sector has lost out to the current vogue for SUV; don’t dismiss the MPV though as they have much to recommend them, with the ability to configure the interior in many different ways.

Take the Citroën Berlingo Multispace, a compact SUV based on the Berlingo van which offers great flexibility with its 3 independent rear seats. There’s 675 litres of boot space even with all the seats up, drop all 3 and you have a cavernous 3,000 litres of storage space to play with.

Citroen Berlingo Multispace with children playing with kite and balloon next to it

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