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Guide To Fish Species
The talkaboutfishing.co.uk fish-O-pedia is a resource for fisherman to help them identify, locate, and more importantly Catch the different types of fish found in UK waters. It will tell you how to identify what you have caught, Its favoured haunts, and chocie of baits that are sure to entice one of them onto your hook. Most of this is basic and is aimed at the beginner but maybe some of you seasoned anglers may find some useful tips in here.
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Barbel

Barbel
Barbel are a long slender fish. The downward pointing mouth and 4 barbs are perfect for how this fish feeds. In the wild barbel scavenge the bottom of mostly gravelly and fast flowing waters eating crustacions, larvae, and small fish. Silvery in color although some can have a bronze tint to them. The young are also often speckled in color.

How To Catch Barbel:
Barbel are mainly river fish although they are being stocked in more and more stillwaters. In faster flowing waters, bottom fed particle baits (hemp, sweetcorn, etc) on the bottom close to weed is always a good place to start. In still waters barbel have been known to be taken on numerous different baits although my favourite is a large chunk of meat over particle baits.

UK Record: - 19lb 6oz

World Record: - Awaiting Details

Common Carp

Common Carp
The common carp is an extremely hardy fish and can survice in most waters. The colour ranges from a dark greeny brown up to a bronze color. This is dependant on the color of the water. They can live upto 60 years although the average is around 20 years. The common carp is distinguished from other carp breeds by the small uniform scales that cover its entire body

How To Catch Common Carp:
Carp are one of the favoured fish to catch throughout Europe and the East. They are predominently bottom feeders and lots of specialist baits have been produced in order to catch them. Favourites of the Specimen Angler are flavoured and artificial baits such as boilies, and pop up sweetcorn. For the every day angler a large chunk of luncheon meat fished close in to reeds or under lilly beds can prove productive. During the summer months they do tend to bask in the sun and can be had with floating baits of the surface. However you catch them carp can provide some of the best battles. Be prepared with heavy tackle of you are aiming for the big ones. 2lb test curve rods and minimum 10lb line are often mandatory on waters with specimen size fish in. In order to care for the fish you should always unhook the fish on a mat and try to keep it out of water as little as possible.

UK Record: - 56lb 6oz

World Record: - Awaiting Details

Ghost Carp

Ghost Carp
Ghost carp are normally a silvery white in colour. They are a bred from the common carp and koi carp. They are known to be much harder fighters than their cousins and as such a large Ghost is often seen as more of an acheivement than a large common or mirror.

How To Catch Ghost Carp:
They are notibly cleverer than the relatives and a lot less keen to take the bait. Similar baits will work to the common and mirror carp. Presentation is everything with the Ghost carp. Boilies and pop up sweetcorn, meat, and floated bread are good baits

UK Record: - Awaiting Details

World Record: - Awaiting Details

Koi Carp

Koi Carp
The Koi carp originates in Japan and is purpose bread to be an ornamental fish. Colouring varies greatly from oranges, silvers, blues. Any colour you can think of. Just recently more and more fisheries are starting to stock nice koi as bonus fish.

How To Catch Koi Carp:
Similar to all other carp above although be prepared for a good fight. The interbreeding that gives them the colour also gives them a bit of extra fight in them

UK Record: - Awaiting Details

World Record: - Awaiting Details

Mirror Carp

Mirror Carp
Mirror carp are a direct relative of the common carp. The main difference is the mirror has random patches of large scales. The coloring is usually dark green up to a bronzeish color depending on the color of the water. They grow slightly larger than the common carp as the records show.

How To Catch Mirror Carp:
The mirror carp behave similarly to the common carp. Again artificial baits can do well such as pop up sweetcorn and flavoured boilies. Fishing on the bottome with ledgered baits or close in to reeds and lillies on the bottom will usually throw up the best results. As with the common carp they can also be had from the top with floating baits during warm spells.

UK Record: - 61lb 7oz

World Record: - Awaiting Details

Roach

Roach
The roach is silver in colour, flat, and slender. often confused with the rudd the main diference is the eye color. Roach tend to have a reddish tint them. The most common fish in UK waters these fish are easy pickings.

How To Catch Roach:
Roach make good sport and can often be had when the fishing seems slow. Generous loose feeding can get the shoal in with maggot, worm or sweetcorn on 2-3lb line and size 18-20 hooks to actually get them out. Often used to bulk up match bags the bigger roach can also be quite entertaining for "a bite a chuck" fishing.

UK Record: - 4lb 3oz

World Record: - Awaiting Details

Tench

Tench
Another bottom feeder, tench are usually green and bronze in colour which can sometimes appear to be a two tone effect. They are also very slimey so some sort of rag will come in handy. Tench are excelent fighters although in a different way to carp. While the carp tend to pull making one big bid for freedom, tench tend to dart all over within your swim. Ornamental versions of this fish are also foound including Golden, Blue, and Red tench. These are much the some other than colouring.

How To Catch Tench:
The bottom is the place to be with tench. Shoals of tench can often be spotted by areas of bubbles on the surface. This is produced by tench foraging in the bed of the water. Sweetcorn and prawns on float close to lillies and reeds is a good place to start. Tench are also known to take maggot although if tench are what your aiming for I would definatley have one of the ablve with me.

UK Record: - 15lb 3oz

World Record: - Awaiting Details