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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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Top 10 Chub Fishing Videos

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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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Top 10 Perch Fishing Videos

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Top big fish angler Duncan Charman passes on advice about how to target quality perch from stillwaters.  
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Richard Lee shows Kevin Green how effective livebaits are for big river perch....  
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Des Taylor shows us a few of the vast collection of small rubber lures he has been using when drop...

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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 returns to the Coarse and Match Fishing Channel with a second series of the 24 Hour Rod Race....
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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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Des Taylor kicks off a new fishing series with a return trip to his favourite river, the Severn in search...
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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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River record holder John Monaghan shows how to catch big barbel on a free-to-fish stretch of the Ribble.  

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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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All-rounders

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Des Taylor takes us to some of his favourite locations to fish for a variety of the UKs most popular...

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