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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.

Winter Fishing

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We join Korda’s Elliott Gray to find out his thought process for locating carp on those winter sessions.  
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Former Division One national winner Steve Collett runs through a whole load of tips that have helped him increase his...
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Kevin Green employs long pole and chopped worm tactics to bring some superb winter roach to the net.  

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New in Coarse and Match

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Charlie is in dreamland, as he's spending a day Fishing with Wade Boggs, Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer, with...
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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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The roles are reversed for this session on Cudmore Fisheries, as Andy May gets to sit in the hot seat...

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Top 10 Chub Fishing Videos

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In this clip from the full programme, Kev Green teams up with Bob Roberts to enjoy some fantastic running water...
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Join the legendary Bob James in a two part session on the picture postcard River Wye. He's after chub and...
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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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Match Fishing Masters

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Dave Smith joins top matchman Andy May to find out how to catch on the bottom and on the top. ...
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The England international shows how he put together a big weight in a prestigious open match.  
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Alan Scotthorne talks about pole, elastics, connectors, floats, rigs and some interesting shotting patterns when it comes to fishing with...

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Top 10 Perch Fishing Videos

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Steve Collett joins Stewart Bloor for a successful spring time session in search of specimen perch.  
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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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Des Taylor shows that he's keeping up with all the trendy techniques by drop shotting for perch in his local...

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Top 10 Roach Fishing Videos

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Darran Goulder passes on advice for targeting specimen running water roach in winter.  
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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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Host Rae Borras teams up with top specimen angler Duncan Charman who promises to get him in to some big...

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Matt Hayes

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Matt Hayes is set a series of challenges by the editor of the Angling Times. He has 24 hours to...
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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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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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Barbel

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Big fish ace Steve Collett walks the banks of his beloved River Severn and discusses where he would expect to...
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Steve Collett lands a 13lb river barbel first cast, as he joins Jamie Robbins on the Warks Avon.  
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Top big fish all rounder Darran Goulder reveals some great tricks for catching big barbel in coloured water.  

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Truth About ..

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Pole fishing is the preferred technique on many commercial venues across the country. In this highly informative 5hr long, 4...
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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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There are few things more exhilarating in pole fishing than hooking a double-figure carp and winning the battle. Join Alex...

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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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