The waterways of London offer anglers a surprisingly good chance of catching fish, including flounder, eels, pike, roach, carp, and even salmon, but we must protect our waterways from the ever-present threat of poaching.
Warning: Coarse Fishermen Only
Only joking, we don't discriminate - but if we did, we'd be on your side (you're probably bigger than us). Coarse fishermen are a different breed. Who else in their right mind would get up while it'd still dark, trudge over a muddy field, sit down under an umbrella, and stay there, barely moving all day, just to catch fish no bigger than ten inches? Mad men, that's who.
Sadly, as we're coarse fishermen ourselves, we're probably flogging a dead horse. You can't explain to a non-believer why a two-pound roach is so appealing, and we would probably never admit to dreaming about catching one, but you know what? We wouldn't bother anyway. We'd prefer to keep the likes of them off our rivers and out of our swims, thank you very much. So we'll keep quiet, take it on the chin, and laugh on the other side of our faces! Tight lines you mean of long poles, occasional reels and bulging keep nets. We hope you enjoy our coarse fishing section, because it's just for you.
Bob Church and I recently made the journey down to Romsey in Hampshire as guests of Dave Steuart – famous all-round angler for many decades, captor of some amazingly large salmon from the Hampshire Avon and Dorset Stour, and surviving member of a legendary husband/wife partnership. Dave and his late wife Kaye between them caught […]