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Fishing in the UK

Fishing the waters of the UK is a popular thing, as you have likely guessed from the content of this site. The various seasons bring out different species, each of which draws different types of fishermen and fisherwomen. Shore fishing is most prominent in the autumn as there is somewhat of an overlap of the summer and winter species.

  • Spring fish include school bass, codling, eel, mackerel, flounder and several other species
  • Summer: Bass, tope, dogfish mackerel, scad, sole and sometimes some celebrity guest visitors/species.
  • Autumn: Cod, bass, pouting, flounder, sole, etc.
  • Winter: Cod, codling, whiting, coal fish, flounder.

Size of Fish

The average of all species caught are less than 1lb. Except of course if you take into consideration the big game fish that deep sea fishermen target and catch. With that said, expert fishermen are able to find these species because the majority of species don’t exceed 5lbs. The biggest species include cod, rays, smooth hound, conger eel, tuna, marlin, etc. Smaller species, namely caught shore fishing, include pouting, pollack, coal fish, wrasse and dog fish.


Species are mostly found in the sea, often the larger species farther out in the sea, and smaller species can be found closer to shore. It is less common to fish in rivers and smaller bodies of water, but is possible.


Different species, much like different cultures and types of humans, like to eat and are drawn by different things. For example, rays, they are most enticed by sand eel, squid, crab or other small fish. Smooth hound fish also enjoy crab and occasionally other small species like worms and squid. Cod and codling are another species that eat smaller species, they like meat. Flounder enjoy rag worm whereas Wrasse enjoy live crab.

Fishing is a complex sport, and to succeed, it is important to do your research and know what you need and how to get what you came for.