You may be wondering: what ‘coarse fishing’ is, and what it involves? How does it differ from the regular type of ‘fishing’, or ‘fishing’ more generally? Perhaps you didn’t even realise that different methods of catching fish existed, and that the term “fishing” is simply lowering a hook into an entire range of techniques.
If the above description confused you, we at Visit Woodbridge are here to enlighten you or at the very least provide an introduction to ‘course fishing’. For those that are curious to cast into this hobby, a pastime of many that holiday in our beautiful region, read on for our recommendations, as well as properties suitable for both budding and solidified fishers.
‘Coarse fishing’, defined simply, refers to the ‘coarse’ species of fish that anglers catch. Overall, there are around 25 different types of coarse fish commonly fished for in the UK, including (but not limited to): carp, barbel, pike, perch, roach, rudd and eels. With most people living within a short distance of a lake, canal, pond or river, coarse fishing is resultantly the most popular type of angling in England.
The main techniques that are involved in coarse fishing include float fishing, ledgering and spinning, with different rods being used for different techniques. For more information, especially if you are new to coarse fishing, we recommend visiting the UK Fisherman’s ‘Beginner’s Guide’, which features techniques, locations and places to shop for the novice fisher. Fishing Info is also a fantastic resource, endorsed by the official Angling Trust.
Please be aware that anyone who wishes to coarse fish in the UK requires a fishing rod licence. For more information, please see official government guidelines. To purchase your rod, you can either buy online through the Post Office or visit your local branch in person.
If our brief introduction to coarse fishing hasn’t tempted you enough, look no further than the stunning Akenfield Cottage at Letherington. This beautiful, picturesque property is perfect for those looking for a getaway in the lap of Suffolk luxury, as well as pertaining to all your fishing needs.
Akenfield is available for short trips throughout the year. The property provides a generous, bright living space with views of the country cottage garden to the West, and over landscaped lawns down to the meandering river Deben to the East. This narrow stretch of the river is alive with wildlife and plants; otters, perch and tench all frequent the river, with kingfishers sweeping through the trees by day and owls by night. Coarse fishing is permitted from the jetty area, and the owners are even happy to lend visitors a rod! If this isn’t enough to tempt you, the property also provides a rowing boat moored at your very own private jetty, perfect for paddling up stream.
Fret not, fishing fans; if Akenfield is not available, we also have a range of other properties to offer, all with access to nearby fishing hotspots. Bromeswell Lakes (5 minute drive) and Colston Hall (20 minute drive) are close by, both tranquil and picturesque locations to spend an afternoon. Why not stay in 11a Theatre Street sleeping 5, currently available for weekly visits in the high summer period? The glorious Granary at Rookery Farm sleeping 6 is also available, perfect for a Suffolk family adventure.
To view other properties that are available in Woodbridge for the high summer period, please see this useful link. Whatever your accommodation needs, rest assured that Suffolk Cottage Holidays have the property you’re looking for.
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