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Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Venturing Off The Beaten Track -

1. RIVER RIBBLE, RIBCH­ESTER, LANCS

If you are look­ing to catch a big bar­bel or a net of qual­ity chub then this scenic gem should come high on your list. Float­fish­ing with mag­gots and cast­ers scores for the chub while leg­ering big­ger baits such as pel­lets or meat will fool the bar­bel. Call Ted Carter Tackle on 01772 253476.

2. RIVER SWALE, NORTHALLERTON, NORTH YORK­SHIRE

Fish­ing close to the cover will pro­duce some stun­ning chub, with plenty of fish over the 4lb mark present. Tra­di­tional wag­gler and mag­got will score, as well as a more spec­i­men-ori­en­tated leg­ering ap­proach with bread. Call Northallerton AC on 01609 771117.

3. RIVER CALDER, MIRFIELD, W YORKS

There aren’t many places where you can catch 25lb-plus of sil­vers, but visit the Calder at the Shipp Inn and that is def­i­nitely on the cards. Use both the stick float and wag­gler with mag­gots for chub, dace and roach. Call Mirfield AC on 07967 227218.

4. RIVER TRENT, NE­WARK, NOTTS

The Bob’s Is­land zone doesn’t get the at­ten­tion it de­serves which is a shame con­sid­er­ing its colos­sal shoals of chub and bar­bel. Leave the feeder rods in the car and ei­ther fish the float or free­line meat. Call Fu­ture Fish­ing on 01636 612654.

5. GREAT OUSE, RADWELL, BEDS

They say fish thrive on ne­glect and this stretch is the per­fect ex­am­ple of that. Perch grow to 4lb and the chub to 7lb and for some rea­son an­glers rarely go in search of them! Call Vaux­hall AC on 07506 378748.

6. RIVER SOAR, SUT­TON BONINGTON, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

This is a preda­tor haven and home to plenty of pike to double fig­ures along with perch to 4lb. It also has a few sur­prises, with big carp hav­ing been landed in the past. Call Lough­bor­ough Soar AC on 01509 502970.

7. RIVER THAMES, ABINGDON, OXFORDSHIRE

Trot a float through the swim and on the right day you can come back with a qual­ity sil­ver­fish ev­ery chuck that will con­trib­ute to a 20lb-plus net. There are also some stun­ning perch to 4lb that fall to worms. Call the lo­cal coun­cil on 01235 522642.

8. RIVER LEA NAV­I­GA­TION, STANSTEAD ABBOTTS, HERTS

Feeder fish­ing with a tra­di­tional cage packed with worms, cast­ers and fish­meal ground­bait will fool clonk­ing bream that run to over 7lb. Worms work well for chub and big perch. Call Ware AC on 07768 746059.

9. RIVER THAMES, MED­LEY, OXFORDSHIRE

Reg­u­larly fished in matches but ig­nored by a lot of plea­sure an­glers. Chuck a feeder and you will find the bream but use the long pole or stick float and you will catch qual­ity roach. Hemp and caster is the best com­bi­na­tion for big redfins. Call Ma­sons AC on 01865 435286.

10. RIVER TONE, NEW­BRIDGE, SOM­ER­SET

Huge bream shoals ma­raud up and down this stretch and if you find them you could end up with a 100lb bag. Lay down a big bed of ground­bait to stop them in their tracks if they ar­rive. Call Taun­ton AA on 07833 535997.

“Be bold and try some­where off the beaten track”

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