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Despite starting this website I am no angling expert but I have enjoyed fishing in a number of places as I moved around following a career. Part of that was spent in Scotland where I fished small streams for trout and large lochs for pike. Rarely did I manage to attract any 'keepers' to my minnows but occasionally I fried a few brook trout for a late breakfast.

Nor did I manage any monster pike - just lots of 'jacks' taking my spinners.

I grew up in the southeast of England and having suffered a major accident was taken to a local lake by my dad where I did not need crutches just a fishing box and a rod. Thus he introduced me to what we Brits call 'coarse' fishing. That is going after non game fish rather than the royal pursuit of salmon and trout.

As a lad I practiced my art in a way that they now call 'pleasure' fishing - just baiting my hook and waiting for the float to glide away before striking into perch and roach, rudd and bream, or tiny gudgeon and plump chub.

In those days we would 'live-bait' for pike (a practice now rightly frowned upon) or throw out a 'dead' bait - usually an oily sea fish. Sometimes we would ledger a mangled spratt in search of monster eels.

In my teens I discovered the wonders of summer tench fishing - perhaps my favourite fish and I think the hardest fighting in our waters.

In later life I discovered carp fishing - no longer the mysterious pursuit of the few but becoming almost definitive among English fishermen. There is something to be said for pursuing a 20lb carp, hard to tempt and harder still to safely land.

In the UK there are many hundreds of lakes and ponds, disused gravel pits and canals full of 'coarse' fish falling prey to 'pleasure' anglers. There are also waters preserved for fly-fishermen stocked with native brown trout or their American cousins, rainbow trout. In some places 'match' fishermen fish competitions to see who can get the biggest bag of fish regardless of their individual weight, and in other club and syndicate waters dedicated anglers 'bivvy up' for nights at a time trying to take enormous carp.

Only a few fishermen eat what they catch, just those taking 'game' fish or our saltwater cousins fishing beaches and harbours or out in boats trying to take large cod or congers from wrecks.

In short, the UK has more than 4 million anglers spending their spare time fishing in a plethora of ways after a whole range of species... I say to all... 'Tight Lines'!

Britain's Freshwater Fishes

by Mark Everard | 144 pages | Wildguides | Paperback | 2013
ISBN: 9780691156781
Buy this book from Amazon.co.uk

Environment Agency

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/rodlicence
Information and application…

Sea Fishing Marks

http://seafishingmarks.co.uk
Welcome to Fishing Marks your local guide to ALL Sea Fishing Marks in the Uk & Ireland.

Tacklewise Fishing Protection (Insurance)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tacklewise-Fishing-Protection/272796363380

All policies automatically cover Coarse, Match, Game and Sea Fishing Equipment.Could you afford to replace your tackle and kit if it was damaged or stolen?

The Deep Sea Directory

http://www.deepsea.co.uk
Deepsea.co.uk is the UK directory for angling , diving and commercial charter boats providing sea angling trips , diving trips , other leisure trips and light commercial work…

Atkins Angling

Facebook Page
Atkins Angling has been supplying fishing tackle and specialist salmon flies to anglers across the UK and Ireland since 1985. The company was founded by Albert Atkins who fished competitively for Ireland in 10 seasons...

Chapmans Angling

Website
Orders - Tel: 01482 639 900 - Customer Services & Enquires - Tel: 01482 639 900 or Email Us - The name Chapman's has been synonymous with offering great choice and prices to anglers for over 20 years. With 2 stores located in Hull and Scunthorpe you can be guaranteed friendly, helpful service on a massive array of fishing tackle whatever your level or budget. We pride ourselves in being able to offer the same level of service via our mail order and on-line parts of our business from the moment we receive your order to the time it is delivered to your door....

Fishing Heaven

http://www.fishingheaven.co.uk/
Welcome to our fishing tackle shop and online fishing store which aims to make your online fishing experience as easy and pleasurable as possible. We bring you the best quality and value in discount fishing tackle packed with thousands of fishing tackle bargains from only the best fishing tackle suppliers in the UK - shipped express all over the UK and Worldwide...

Lathams Discount Fishing Store

http://www.lathams-fishing.co.uk
Customer Care Information 0844 8484 193 info@lathams-fishing.co.uk Lathams is run by anglers for anglers. If you need expert advice, tips or just need a second opinion, please call our in-house experts. Call Dean Swift on 01268 293 486 for advice on Carp, Pike, Match and general Coarse fishing...

Orvis UK

http://www.orvis.co.uk/
Clickable map of UK outlets plus on-line shop etc...

M.B Contour Map Fishing

http://contourmapfishing.co.uk/
Welcome to M & B Contour Map Fishing, a site developed by fishermen for fishermen, particularly aimed at those wanting to try a new water, planning a holiday or just want a better understanding of there local fishery. Who hasn't arrived at a venue and wondered which swim could offer the best fishing? After setting up you spend a considerable amount of time plumbing for depth and trying to find any features such as drop-offs, ledges etc...

Angling Trust

http://www.anglingtrust.net/
Angling Trust is the new, single organisation to represent all game, coarse and sea anglers and angling in England. The formation of Angling Trust brings with it a positive new future for angling. For the first time ever, there is a single body to take cohesive action to solve all the problems that affect our sport. Please take a look around this section of the website to read more about the work we do and in what ways becoming a member of Angling Trust can benefit you…

Army Carpers

http://www.armycarpers.com
Unfortunately you need a login password to access the site - yet there is no information on how to join! They inform me that anyone can register and access the site but there are secure parts for the military members who are members of the group...

Bass Anglers Sportsfishing Society

http://ukbass.com
The Bass Anglers' Sportfishing Society was formed following a meeting of bass anglers in march 1973. Our members come from all parts of the British Isles, with a few from even further afield, and from all walks of life.

British Carp Anglers Club

http://www.carp-uk.net
Articles, competitions, trips etc. etc…

British Carp Study Group

http://www.bcsg.org.uk
The B.C.S.G. is a national single species organization for experienced and successful carp anglers. It’s main purpose is to encourage and facilitate free exchange of information between members who, by the nature of the standard required for membership, are some of the most experienced carp anglers in the country…

British Conger Eel Club

http://www.britishcongerclub.org.uk
I was sitting on the plane going home thinking if our conger eel was not to get into the I.G.F.A Record List in the short term, it was entitled to a club of its own…

British Disabled Angling Association

http://www.bdaa.co.uk
The British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) was founded in 1996 by Terry Moseley to help develop opportunities for people with disabilities to access the activity of fishing in the UK…

British Disabled Angling Association

Website
The British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) was founded in 1996 to develop opportunities for disabled people of all ages and abilities to access the activity of fishing in the UK. Our projects involve improving access and facilities, awareness of disability, adapting equipment, national directories of accessible fisheries and inclusion in the sport...

British Float Tube Society

http://www.bfta.org.uk
Float-tubing is a fun and exciting method of fly fishing that has now become established and accepted by over forty fisheries within the British Isles…

Gamefishers Club

gamefishersclub@aol.com
Secretary - B Jones

National Junior Angling Association

Facebook Page
WELCOME to the homepage of the National Junior Angling Association (NJAA). The NJAA has been running matchfishing competitions for junior anglers for 50 years. We are a voluntary organisation, and host 3 major competitions annually. Our competitions and membership are open to any junior fishing teams…

National Mullet Club

http://www.thenationalmulletclub.org
The National Mullet Club (“NMC”) was founded in 1975 with the aims of promoting interest and efficiency in the sporting capture of the three species of mullet found in British waters, and the conservation of these fish...

RAF Course Angling Association

http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafcoarseangling/
RAF Match Angling is in an extremely healthy state, being active at every level from inter-unit competitions to the full Fox Match RAF Squad, and all levels in between. Furthermore, the Fox RAF Carp Team is the fastest growing arm of the RAF Competitive Angling Association...

RN & RM Angling Association

http://rnandrmaa.org.uk

Royal Air Force Sea Angling

http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafseaangling/
Welcome to the new Royal Air Force Sea Angling website, the official site for everything you wanted to know about RAF Competitive Sea angling...

SCBI – Sportfishing Club of the British Isles

Facebook Page
The UK's only fishing club that's truly international in scope - collectively our members have established over 70 world records - and one that fosters a strong release ethic amongst its membership...

Barbel Forum

http://www.barbelforum.co.uk
Active specialist forum...

Carp Forum

http://www.carpforum.co.uk/Shared/Forums.asp
Loads of threads on this active site...

Fly Forums

http://www.flyforums.co.uk
Threads about every aspect of flyfishing...

Talk Angling

http://www.talkangling.co.uk
If you are here to join the busiest fishing and angling chat forum in the UK - click here. Our angling site now has many of the countries top anglers registered on our forum discussing every aspect of fishing tackle, bait and tactics, join now - it is free! Talk angling is ultimately designed with the freshwater match and carp angler in mind. We believe that it will be both informative and enlightening, please share your experience in our forum...

Talk Fishing

Forum
Please use our talk fishing form to post your fishing talk

Orvis Fly Fishing Academies

http://www.orvis.co.uk/intro.aspx?dir_id=441&subject=94&bhcp=1
Whether you choose to pursue the art of fly fishing on small streams or big rivers, lakes or ocean flats, there's an Orvis Academy to show you everything you need to know. Our instructors have the knowledge and experience to introduce you to this great pastime.

AE Fisheries

http://www.aefisheries.co.uk
Andrew Ellis works as an independent fishery consultant... He has 16 years experience in fishery management and is fully qualified...

Fishing Blog

Blog
A sea-fishing Blog covering the UK from Jamie Hibbert...

Charter Boats UK

http://www.charterboats-uk.co.uk
Welcome to Charter Boats UK, the UK's Largest Free Charter Boat Directory, and Boat Fishing Resource...

Kings Angling Holidays

http://www.kingsanglingholidays.co.uk
Wherever you travel in the world for your angling holiday you will want to travel with a company that has years of experience behind it. To help you with your choice, Kings Angling Holidays offer comprehensive fishing holidays and a proven track record so put yourself in our experienced hands and travel worry free!

Orvis International Travel

http://www.orvis.co.uk/intro.aspx?subject=760
When you need help planning an international vacation with an emphasis on outdoor activities, contact our inhouse experts at Orvis Travel. They specialise in destinations around the globe where you can enjoy nature, whether or not you fly fish. They'll help you select and prepare for anything from a cruise on a small ship in the Alaska to a safari on the Zambezi River...

Fish and Fly

http://www.fishandfly.com
News, views, articles and reviews etc...

Flyfishing UK

Website
Features, forums etc...

Sea Fishing

http://www.sea-fishing.org
Hello and welcome to Sea-Fishing.org. For over five years now we’ve been providing a friendly forum for sea anglers from all over the UK and we’ve seen our membership grow to over 8000. Whether you are just starting out or have been a lifelong sea angler you will find something here for you at Sea-Fishing.org and, it’s easy to use. Just use the menus to navigate to any of the main forums to ask your questions, submit your fishing reports or just browse the latest topics...

Stoney and Friends

http://www.stoneyandfriends.co.uk
llan Stone has been the brains behind "Stoney & Friends" for quite a while now, the charity that all money raised goes to is Macmillan Cancer Support. Allan up to now has raised thousands of pounds - all for a good cause and all done with the support of you the angler...

Velocity Angling

http://www.velocityangling.co.uk
Shane has been Carp fishing for more than 20 years now and has experienced angling from your fishing your local puddle to rubbing shoulders with the big guns on foreign waters like Rainbow lake and salagu. He has fished with the British Army both in Germany and in the UK. Shane can teach you how to improve just about any aspect of your angling from casting to spodding and rig making...

Z - Fishpo

http://www.fishpo.co.uk
Advertising re-direct site…

Royal Angling Collection Trust

Information
Angling Collection Trust is the official name of what in common parlance we call the National Angling Museum. When charitable status is received, as I am sure it will in due course, the name may change again, but the important point to realise at the moment is that this organisation is a non-profit-making angler's museum...

Fishypics

http://www.fishypics.co.uk
Images of fish etc by and for flyfishermen...