Ashford Tackle are Kent’s leading fishing tackle shops and are proud to have served the local angling community in Kent for over 18 years!
The launch of our online fishing tackle shop in 2006 has enabled us to cast our lines nationally! We now provide quality fishing tackle to customers throughout the UK.
Ashford Tackle shops are dedicated to providing customers with excellent customer service with quality fishing tackle products at the very best prices.
The Ashford – Tackle Shop
Located on the outskirts of Ashford and just a 3 minute drive from the town centre and Mcarthur Glen outlet centre, we are easy to find and have ample parking right outside the tackle shop.
We have a full range of Carp, Pike, Match and Sea fishing tackle and also a small range of Catfish Tackle and Fly tackle, from all of the major fishing tackle suppliers.
Fresh bait is always available in the shop, whether it be boilies and pellet for the carp anglers, maggots, casters and groundbait for the pleasure/match angler or fresh, local black lug and a full range of frozen sea and pike baits for the sea and pike anglers.
We have 3 full time, friendly members of staff who can all offer their knowledge of their specific form of the sport, most of whom are all-rounders and so will be able to help with all aspects of fishing tackle, bait and tactics.
Allan Thornby, manager of the tackle shop, is an all-rounder and has experience in just about all forms of the sport. He started as a pleasure angler 20 years ago and has since been involved in the match fishing circuit. His carp fishing started around ten years ago and was lucky enough to qualify for the British Carp Angling Championships final at the first attempt. His involvement in sea fishing has been ongoing and was a regular in Ashford Tackle’s sea match group and won their league in 2001. More recently he has started fly fishing and has spent most of the last 2 summers fishing a local water for catfish.
Ray Harris, the Managing Director, who spends most of his time in the Ashford Branch, is heavily involved in the match fishing scene and fishes matches every week. He also has 40 years of carp fishing experience in both the UK and also France, and has also recently spent time on the rivers fishing for both Barbel and Chub. He was also involved, along with his business partner, Kirby Dyson-Dowling and Terry Dale from our Faversham branch, in the capture of the largest freshwater fish ever landed on rod and line, a White sturgeon of around 1000lb from the Fraser River in Canada. The sea fishing side of Rays experience is slightly less, however, he as been known to upset a few of the regular sea anglers by beating them in their own competitions.
Richard Howland has been a carp angler for many years now and again has plenty of experience in both the UK and France. He has also started sea fishing and is broadening his sea fishing knowledge very quickly.
Richard Rowe is our bait and beverage manager and is in charge of keeping our bait in top quality, he has only done a small amount of sea fishing but makes up for it with his quick wit and humour.
We pride ourselves on a happy, helpful service and look forward to seeing you soon for a cup of tea and a chat.
The Sittingbourne – Tackle Shop
The Ashford Tackle website is operated from the Sittingbourne Shop on the top floor. Sittingbourne Branch is also the Ashford Tackle Head Office, and as such also contains the Accounts Department.
Located 2 minutes from the Town Centre and on the A2 which runs through the town, Ashford Tackle Sittingbourne is in a really prime location. We have our own car park which is located at the front of the shop and is in an enclosed compound for added customer security.
We have a full range of Carp, Pike and Match tackle. We also have a very strong following from local Sea Anglers, and as such we have a large area dedicated to this. We also carry a good range of Fly Tackle and can offer expert help and advice on trout fishing.
We carry good stocks of fresh bait including maggots, casters and worms for the match / pleasure anglers. For the Carp Anglers we hold stocks of Boilies, pellets and stick mixes etc. Pike Anglers can be assured of good quality dead baits including smelt, mackerel and coarse fish. For the Sea Angler we offer local lugworm and ragwork. We also carry a vast array of frozen sea baits. Due to huge local demand, we always recommend you order fresh lugworm in advance.
Sittingbourne have 2 full time members of staff who are very friendly and helpful.
Nigel Clark is an all rounder and has experience in all forms of the sport including Carp Fishing and Match Fishing. He is also a Sea Fishing and Fly Fishing Expert! Nigel organises Boat Trips from Dover and Sheerness which have proved so popular he has decided to double the number of trips offered!
Mark Kirby runs the website and the accounts department from the Sittingbourne Branch, as well as spending 3-4 days per week working in the shop.
The Sittingbourne Shop is also assisted 2 days per week by our part timer Don, who is always ready to offer friendly and helpful assistance and advice on all forms of the sport.
Ashford Tackle Sittingbourne deal with all major brands including Leeda, Wychwood, MAP, Pure Fishing, Abu Garcia, Shakespeare, JRC, Mitchell, Penn, Svendsen Sports, Prologic, Okuma, Ron Thompson, Hardy and Greys, Daiwa, Mainline, Shimano, and Nash Tackle.
The Faversham – Tackle Shop
Ashford Tackle Faversham moved to new premises in St. Mary’s Road, back in 1996 after taking over the business which was formerly known as Tight Lines.
A huge range of tackle is spread over 2 floors, and the shop carries a surprising volume of quality stocks.
The main ground floor carries a full range of carp, pike, match, sea, and fly tackle. Upstairs a display area hosts bivvies, bedchairs and all forms of luggage and fishing clothing.
The Faversham Branch is where all Groundbaits and most other baits are stored and distributed to the other branches as required. Therefore you can always expect to find a huge range and huge quantity of bait at Ashford Tackle Faversham.
Located minutes from the Town Centre we have parking available directly outside the shop.
The Faversham Branch has a very strong match following, and we organise weekly matches on local venues. We also sell day tickets to the Ashford Tackle controlled Mansfields Lake just outside of Canterbury. This is a well stocked mixed fishery perfect for pleasure and match anglers.
As with our other branches a full range of well stocked Carp, Pike, Sea and Fly tackle will be found.
Fresh bait is always available including maggots, casters and worms for the match / pleasure anglers. Boilies, pellets and stick mixes etc for the Carp Anglers. Pike Anglers will find a good range of quality dead baits including smelt, mackerel and coarse fish. The Sea Angler will find squid, fresh lugworm, and frozen black. Please note fresh Lug is usually only available on Fridays and Saturdays and should be ordered in advance.
Faversham have 3 members of staff who are extremely friendly and helpful. Our Branch Manager in Faversham is Paul Bowditch. He is a successful all rounder who has achieved great success in all forms of the sport. As a result of this he will provide unrivalled expert help and advice on all forms of angling.
Tel is primarily a match angler who organises weekly matches on local waters. Along with our third staff member Don, both are very knowledgeable on all aspects of fishing and will help with all tackle, bait and tactics enquiries.
Ashford Tackle Faversham deal with all major brands including Leeda, Wychwood, MAP, Pure Fishing, Abu Garcia, Shakespeare, JRC, Mitchell, Penn, Svendsen Sports, Prologic, Okuma, Ron Thompson, Hardy and Greys, Daiwa, Mainline, Shimano, and Nash Tackle.
Please pop in for a friendly chat, a welcome cup of tea, and view our huge array of tackle and baits.