Whose angling journey didn’t start with simple coarse fishing? Fishing with a fixed rod for fish like roach or bream is the technique that many of us started off with as children. Going to the bank with dad or granddad and discovering the angling hobby together is a great childhood memory for many anglers. However, coarse fishing is much more than just staring at a float. In recent years, this kind of fishing in the has become increasingly bigger and more modern. More and more innovative items are appearing on the market and commercial fishing venues are springing up like mushrooms.
There are so many different species of fish fall under this designation, for example bream, tench, barbel, dace, rudd and roach. Even fishing for smaller carp or F1 carp is nowadays often undertaken by coarse anglers. The great thing about coarse fishing is that you can go almost anywhere. There is no ditch, canal, lake or river where these kinds of species cannot be found. The tackle required for this style of fishing is very simple. Just take a bait box with maggots and your bamboo rod to the bank and you're ready to catch.
Of course, you can also take coarse fishing more seriously – something that has been happening a lot in recent years! The advent of match fishing has meant many coarse fishing methods have become very modern. The very latest techniques such as fishing with the method feeder and the pellet waggler have become extremely popular. By borrowing the techniques from carp fishing, the most ingenious (self-hooking) systems have been devised, ensuring that these anglers win many match fishing competitions.
Many of the coarse fishing species can be fished for all year round, although you do need to adapt to the conditions. In the winter, for example, the fish burn less energy, so they don't need to eat as much. So, feeding heavily is not wise. Of course, this differs from water to water. A relatively new phenomenon are the commercial fisheries with a large stock of silver fish and small carp. These so-called commercial waters have such a large stock that you can fish a full net even in the difficult winter months.