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The Coarse and Match Channel focuses on freshwater fishing, both in the UK and overseas. In the UK, ‘coarse’ fish are those freshwater fish that aren’t classified as game fish (trout, salmon, grayling). Popular UK coarse species include roach, perch, chub, barbel, tench, bream, dace and pike which reside in rivers, lakes, ponds and canals. Primarily these species are fished for using float fishing or ledgering tactics, some species can also be targeted with spinning gear. Baits for coarse fish are varied ranging from natural baits like worms to maggots and casters, bread, sweetcorn and a wide range of pre-prepared baits such as pellets and boilies from tackle shops. Ground bait is often used to pull fish into the anglers’ swim, and this can either be bought or prepared beforehand.
Our match fishing content covers tactics and techniques used by well-known UK match anglers. Match anglers target similar fish to coarse anglers with matches organised on rivers and small lakes. Matches are timed and involve the anglers drawing pegs at the beginning of the match with the best overall weight of fish at the weigh in, winning the match. Match anglers tend to use poles which use elastic at the end of the rod to play the fish rather than the traditional rod and reel set up used in most other forms of angling. Match anglers are busy anglers, constantly baiting, changing hook baits and trying to land as many fish as possible in the quickest time. Anglers pay entry fees so there can often be sizable money prizes for the winners.

What’s on the Channel

TV Series

Some of the biggest names in coarse and match fishing can be found in the channel. Matt Hayes presents 2 series of 24 hr Rod Race where he faces a different 24 hr fishing challenge each episode. You can also find Matt on a Canadian Wilderness adventure with friend and top German angler, Babs Kijewski. Matt makes his directorial debut with the Pike and I which tells the story of good friend and top predator angler, Mick Brown, a man obsessed with Pike.
Elsewhere, Des Taylor, Bob James, Duncan Charman, John Bailey and new stars, Carl and Alex provide the coarse fishing expertise.
Top match anglers on Fishing TV include Will Raison, Alan Scotthorne and Andy May with his new series, Winning Ways. If you want to get an edge in your matches, these shows will certainly help. The Truth About series with top match man Alex Bones features over 10 hrs of in depth tutorials on feeder and pole fishing and everything else you’ll need to become a top match angler.

Hints and Tips

Our Hints and Tips section has over 50 short videos from the experts from our coarse and match fishing experts. Baits, rigs and numerous fishing tips which will help you become a better angler.

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Hosted by Mike De Avila, or Mike D as he's commonly known, hit US fishing show, Lunkerville comes to Fishing...
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Host Charlie Moore with more action from his recent trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. If you recall he was fishing...
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Host Charlie Moore spends a couple of days fishing for anything that moves on a "typical" New England lake. That...

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Top 10 Perch Fishing Videos

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Top match angler Darren Cox is at White Acres Fishery, Cornwall in November for a session on their Sycamore Lake...
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Peta joins "Chappy" Lawson, in the New England region of northern NSW to chase a few feisty and very tasty...
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Fishing guide Andy Hine successfully targets the perch, pike and chub of the Great Ouse river with rubber lures you...

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Matt Hayes

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Mick Brown, a man obsessed with Pike. This fantastic film, produced and narrated by Mick's mate, Matt Hayes, takes us...
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All-round angler and fishing legend Matt Hayes, and livewire German angler Babs Kijewski are on the fishing road-trip of a...
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Matt Hayes returns to the Coarse and Match Fishing Channel with a second series of the 24 Hour Rod Race....

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Top 10 Roach Fishing Videos

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To the famous Testwood Fishery this time, with a 2lb roach or a 12oz dace in his targets,...
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Irish fishing guide Ian Kitson takes us on a tour of some of the superb coarse fishing venues in Country...
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Bob James heads to the River Test looking to catch a specimen roach or two.  

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Match Fishing Masters

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Top match angler Keiran Rich shows how he fishes the pellet waggler in this clip from Fishing TV's Get Hooked...
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Steve Ringer passes on some great tips for fishing the cage feeder on commercials.  
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Current England Interantional Des Shipp is regarded by many as one of the finest pole anglers this country has ever...

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Hints and Tips

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An in-line lead forms the basis of this simple rig that Duncan Charman uses to target the margins. 
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Des Taylor shows how to increase your feed rate by using paste to match your boilies. 
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Des Taylor introduces his favourite technique for catching perch and shows you how to setup your drop shot rig to...

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Top 10 Chub Fishing Videos

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Dean Brook shows how aggressive chub can be as he catches them on lures, plugs and soft baits.  
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In this full length programme Des Taylor visits one of his favourite stretches of the Severn to show how to...
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John Bailey invites us to join him for a session on his beloved River Wensum in Norfolk. It's late November...

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Truth About ..

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In this impartial, instructional series top England international feeder angler Alex Bones looks at all aspects of feeder fishing from...
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The method and pellet feeder are arguably two of the most devastating feeder fishing tactics for catching huge weights of...
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Alex Bones and five-times world champion Alan Scotthorne visit Doncaster's Hayfield Lakes complex for a masterclass in cage feeder and...

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Barbel

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The middle and lower reaches of the River Wye are reknowned amongst UK anglers for their excellent barbel fishing. Join...
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Gareth Purnell joins top river specialist Lee Swords fresh from a 350lb barbel catch on the Trent....  
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In this episode of Club Class, Rae Borras visits the Barbel Society formed in 1994 by Steve Pope and Mike...

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All-rounders

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The Fishing TV Show is a 24 episode series featuring Rae Borras and Ian 'Chilly' Chillcott as hosts.  Each episode...
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Cody's back with Day One Out Doors Season 2, the fishing show that takes things right down to basics. In...
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Rob Hughes and Andy Ford's popular fishing show covering a wide range of fishing in the British Isles  

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