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Coarse Fish Facts

Coarse Fish Facts and Records

This collection of coarse fish facts should help you on the road to becoming a succesful angler.

A 'Coarse Fish' is defined as any fish not sought after by sports fishermen, or regarded as of lesser signficance, maybe caught for sport but not food.

For our purposes, a 'Coarse Fish' is any freshwater fish other than members of the salmon family, including:

  • Pike
  • Carp
  • Perch
  • Tench
  • Barbel
  • Rudd
  • Roach
  • Common Bream

The most popular coarse fish by far is the Carp.

The coarse fish close season starts on 15 March and runs to 15 June. The reason for a close season is to preserve fish stocks during the breeding season.

The close season covers Norfolk Broads and all rivers, streams and drains in England and Wales. It also covers certain specified canals and stillwaters. Some fisheries and angling clubs also choose to operate their own close season to protect their spawning fish. Always check the individual fishery regulations before setting off.

You can check specific details of locations and regulations for the Close Season by calling your Local Environment Agency Office on 0845 9333111

The following articles will explain the invidual facts and features of each of these.

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Coarse Fish Records UK - Update
A later update to coarse fish records as of 2006
Coarse Fish Records UK
Coarse Fish Records UK
The Pike (Esox lucius)
Information on the Pike - the largest predatory fish found in hte UK
Crucian Carp
Crucian Carp, a hardy and unfussy coarse fish
The Perch (Perca fluviatilis)
Information on The Perch - watch out for the spiny fin.
The Tench (Tinca tinca)
Information on The Tench
The Barbel (Barbus barbus)
Information on The Barbel, one of the hardest fighting coarse fish
The Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus)
Information on the Rudd, adaptable and hardy.
The Roach (Rutilus rutilus)
Information on the Roach, the predominant species.
Common Bream
Common Bream Coarse fish