Coarse fishing species and UK records

Top 12 British fish records

There are more than 20 coarse fish species native or naturalised to England and Wales with anglers frequently fishing for these in a range of still water (ponds, lakes, reservoirs) and flowing water sources (rivers, canals). Here′s our guide to just a few of these fish species.

The most commonly found species include carp, crucian carp, roach, rudd, bream, tench, pike, perch, barbel, chub, dace, and eel. These are all generally found in the majority of still waters, with barbel, chubb and dace being confined to rivers (although some still waters are now deciding to stock them in their fisheries).

Coarse fishing species and UK records

The British records for some of these fish are:

  • Carp – 67lb 14oz - caught by Austin Holeness at Conningbrook, Ashford, Kent in 2008.
  • Crucian Carp –  4lb 9oz - caught by M. Bowler at RMC Fishery, Yateley Lake, Hampshire in 2003.
  • Roach – 4lb 4oz - caught by Keith Berry, Northern Ireland stillwwater 2006.
  • Rudd – 4lb 10oz - caught by Simon Parry at Freshwater Lake, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland in 2001.
  • Bream – 19lb 10oz - caught by James Rust, Cambs Water, in 2005.
  • Tench – 15lb 3oz - caught by Darren Ward from undisclosed southern stillwater in 2001.
  • Pike – 46lb 13oz - caught by Roy Lewis at Llandegfedd, Gwent, Wales in 1992.
  • Perch – 5lb 15oz - caught by Les Brown at Crowborough stillwater, Sussex in 2006.
  • Barbel – 21lb 1oz - caught by Grahame King at Adams Mill, Great Ouse, Bedfordshire in 2006.
  • Chub – 9lb 5oz - caught by Andy Maker, caught at Southern stillwater in 2007.
  • Dace – 1lb 5oz - caught by Simon Ashton from River Weir in 2002.
  • Eel – 11lb 2oz - caught by Steve Terry from Kingfisher Lake, nr. Ringwood, Hants in 1978.

Visit the website of the Angling Times for more information:http://www.gofishing.co.uk/Angling-Times/Section/Home/

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