Coarse Fish

Barbel

Barbel


A hard fighting river fish that will test your tackle to the limit.

Popular Baits

  • Luncheon Meat
  • Sweetcorn
  • Maggots

The Barbel is a bottom feeder, it can be recognised by its torpedo shape and the four large feelers around its mouth.

Bream

Popular Baits

  • Redworms
  • Bread
  • Maggots

The Bream is a deep fish that has a thick covering of slime. Small bream are called ‘skimmers’, big ones are referred to as slabs.

Chub


The Chub is a river fish that can be found in most rivers around the country, you will also find them in canals and still-waters. bread, maggots and casters.

Popular Baits

  • Bread
  • Maggots
  • Casters

Chub are hard fighting fish!

Dace

The dace is a small fish that lives in rivers.

Popular Baits

  • Maggots

In the summer Dace can often be caught on a light rig just below the surface with maggots.

Roach

The roach is one of the most common fish in this country. You can find them in still-waters, rivers and canals. Big roach are rare fish and many anglers never catch one over a pound (500g).

Popular Baits

  • Maggots
  • Castors
  • Bloodworm
  • Bread

Roach can be caught on all sorts of bait maggots, casters, bloodworm and bread are always some of the best.

Rudd

Rudd are normally found in still-waters around Great Britain they are not as common as Roach although the two species are often confused.

Popular Baits

  • Maggots

In the summer months Rudd can be good sport taking maggots on a light rig fished on the drop.

Eel

Eels can be caught in all types of water, they are bottom feeders and love maggots. Small eels are often called ‘bootlaces’.

Popular Baits

  • Luncheon Meat
  • Castors
  • Maggots
A big Eel will put your tackle to the test so make sure it is strong enough.

Gudgeon

Gudgeon are a small shoal fish that live mainly in canals and rivers.

Popular Baits

  • Pinkies
  • Squatts
  • Blodworm
Some shoals of Gudgeon are very large and can provide good sport in the winter.

Perch

Perch are a common species and can be found in most rivers, canals and still-waters in this country. They are easily recognised by the stripes and spiny dorsal fin.

Popular Baits

  • Maggots
  • Worms
Perch can be caught on a variety of baits, large Perch can be caught on spinning tackle.

Pike

The Pike is the largest predator that lives in our waters. They naturally feed on other fish and can be valuable in a fishery to help keep a’ balance of nature’.

Popular Baits

  • Artificial Lures
  • Dead Baits
Pike are normally caught with artificial lures or dead-baiting.

Tench

The Tench is a bottom feeding fish that feeds well in the summer months, with early mornings often the best times.

Popular Baits

  • Maggots
  • Worms
  • Sweetcorn
A hard fighting fish it is easily recognised by its green colour and red eyes.

Zander

The Zander is a predator that is not a native of this country. It is not found in many waters but prefers slow moving rivers and drains.

Popular Baits

  • Artificial Lures
  • Dead Baits
Fishing methods would be the same as those used for Pike.

CARP

Carp are one of the most sought after fish in this country. Specimen anglers spend hours fishing for large Carp, and there are now many commercial fisheries stocked with smaller fish where you can have a very good day’s sport.

The largest of the family are the Common, Mirror and Leather carp. Wild Carp do not grow as big and are not found in as many waters as the other species. The Crucian Carp is the smallest of the family, like the Wild Carp it is also harder to find.

They are hard fighting fish living mainly in still-waters but also in rivers and canals. The choice of baits for Carp is huge from maggots to boilies and a hungry Carp will eat just about any bait an angler can choose.

Common Carp

Mirror Carp

Leather Carp

Wild Carp

Crucian Carp

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