Course fishing is one of the biggest sports or hobbies here in the UK, many anglers young and old enjoy catching a wide variety of species of fish in a whole manner of different waters, ponds, lakes, canals and of course rivers. You don’t have to be an experienced angler to catch a lot of fish and to “bag up” but knowing a few simple tips will help you on your way. So without further a do, here are 5 of my top course fishing tips for people getting into our wonderful sport.

1) Plumb The Depth

When float fishing Plumbing the depth is one of the most important tips I can give,muon hear many experienced anglers and celebrity anglers giving this as the ultimate top tip.

It is extremely important to now how deep the swim you are fishing is, the reason being that 90% of fish tend to feed on the bottom. Ideally you should begin your session fishing “on the deck” as you are more or less guaranteed to get more bites.

Obviously not every part of your swim will be the same depth, it is a good idea to plumb different areas and create a mental “map” of the water in front of you. Remember to take note of the different depths so that you can reset your rig when fishing different areas. I often take a pen and paper with me and actually draw a birds eye view / map of my swim.

2) Be Organised

Being organised is key to fishing a good session, preparation before hand can make fishing a lot more enjoyable and productive. I make a point of cleaning and organising my tackle the night before a trip. This will help you plan what you need to take and give you time to prepare your bait.

Once at the bank organising your peg is important, you need to locate your seat box or chair in a comfortable position, not too close to the waters edge (to prevent spooking the fish with noise and your shadow).

Always have everything you need at arms length so you can reach all your equipment with ease, this will save time and make you more productive. This is the one I struggle with the most.

3) Be Quiet And Move Carefully

For some people (especially children) staying quiet can be difficult, it is important to keep the noise to a minimum when fishing. Most species of course fish are sensitive to noise and vibrations, excessive amounts of either can spook the fish and stop them from feeding. This is one of the most important course fishing tips I can give!

Being noises is one sure fire way of “blanking” and catching nothing, always remember silence is golden.

4) Reliable Maggots

If there is one type of bait I always make sure I take along to any session it’s a pint of maggots. One of the most reliable and versatile of baits, maggots are enjoyed by a huge range of species from the tiny gudgeon through to the hungry carp.

Taking maggots along as a back up is sure to help you catch fish where other baits fail. Maggots tend to attract smaller fish compare to other baits but you will be surprised how effective they can be. A truly traditional fishing bait, tried and tested over many years.

5) Give Yourself Options

One of the things Steve Ringer always seems to say on his TV program’s is “give yourself options”. What Steve means is don’t always try to fish the same small area in your swim, always bait up other areas, the margins and the deepest part of the water. This will give you more options and locations to fish, helping you bag more fish. If one spot goes cold you have a few others to try.

It is also important not to over fish the same spot, so having multiple options will help you catch more fish with each session.

To sum up:

These 5 course fishing tips are aimed at the beginner angler, they will help you improve your fishing and are fantastic for people wishing to get into the game of match fishing.

Thanks for reading, if you have any more tips to add I would love you to add them to the comments section below this post.