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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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In this wierd and wonderful wintertime series, Finnish anglers and mad scientists Ismo Apell, Janne Kapylehto and Ville Haapasalo work...
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In this instalment of Urban Fishing, expert predator angler Ant Glascoe Jr. is back in his hometown fishing lures on...
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Paul Gustafson has been fishing for British Pike for over 25 years, and he’s amassed an incredible amount of knowledge....

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Top 10 Chub Fishing Videos

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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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In the first episode of On the Bank with Andy Ford and Rob Hughes the pair begin by visiting the Nadder and...
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Bob James continues his session on the River Wye, this time targeting the Barbel. Having regularly chucked balls of groundbait...

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Match Fishing Masters

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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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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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Top 10 Perch Fishing Videos

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Rae and Keith are targeting Perch this week, one of the most prolific predatory fish in UK waters and they...
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The art of fishing weedless crayfish lures is relatively new to British waters but fishing guide, Andy Hine is...
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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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Top 10 Roach Fishing Videos

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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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Current England Interantional Des Shipp is regarded by many as one of the finest pole anglers this country has ever...
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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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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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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 is set a series of challenges by the editor of the Angling Times. He has 24 hours to...

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Hints and Tips

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The England international shows how he put together a big weight in a prestigious open match.  
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Darran Goulder passes on advice for targeting specimen running water roach in winter.  
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Steve Ringer on how he fishes the tea bag/PVA bag on commercial fisheries.  

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Barbel

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Steve Collett is on the River Severn near Hampton Loade fishing for barbel. The river here isn't wide and with...
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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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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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Current England Interantional Des Shipp is regarded by many as one of the finest pole anglers this country has ever...
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The pole is now the dominant method on many commercial venues across the country and in this highly informative and...
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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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All-rounders

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Watch host Henry Waszczuk as he seeks out some of the best saltwater fishing hotspots in the US. 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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Join self-taught outdoorsman Cody Herman as he passes on some of the skills he has picked up over the years,...

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The Hooked Collection

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In this the final season of Hooked on Fishing, Paul enjoys plenty of trips around the British Isles with few...
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Paul brings us another fantastic season of Hooked on Fishing with action from all over the world and covering many...
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Paul returns for a fourth season of Hooked on Fishing, a little shorter this time but just as sweet. His...

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