Fishing questions - experts answer your FAQs

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Fishing questions come in every day from our readers,  but there are always some that are more popular than others.

To answer readers’ fishing questions fully we draw upon the vast knowledge of our extensive team of experts.

But there are some queries, mainly due their popularity, that are, it’s fair to say, looked at in greater detail. They can require three or four pages of text and illustrative photographs to be able to give a full explanation.

It is not always possible to answer every question, but we do our very best to do so.

In no particular order, here are some of the more popular questions…

Which swim – and why?

Whether you are fishing a commercial, large lake, reservoir, canal or river, which swim to fish and why is a question that we get asked a lot.

Swim selection is critical and can make all the difference between blanking and having a bumper day on the bank.

Setting up in the wrong swim and not catching can really knock the confidence, so it is important that, mainly through watercraft, anglers understand the key fish-holding areas.

Click here for great advice on picking swims on commercial waters.

How do I create a wormery?

Even with all the accessible, manufactured baits on tackle shop shelves, we still get lots of questions about natural baits.

The best ways to hook maggots, how to make maggots more attractive, how to keep them for longer and how to use bloodworm are all common questions. But perhaps the most popular question of all is how to create a wormery?

Bill Rushmer answered this in detail a while back with a step-by-step on setting up your own wormery. Such is the demand, we’ve put the sequence here.

How to unhook and care for fish?

More so than ever before, we get lots of fishing questions on how to handle, unhook and return fish safely so that they go back unharmed.

With all the fish care products, unhooking mats and tools now available, there’s no real excuse for anyone mishandling fish on the bank.

Gone are the days of fish being sprawled out on hard surfaces. Everybody needs to care for their catch.

How much and what to feed?

Kick-starting a swim by getting fish to feed in and around your hook bait needs careful consideration.

Feed too much and you could easily fill the fish up before they’ve had a chance to take your hook bait, feed too little and you may not attract them in the first place.

There are also times when it’s wise not to feed at all!

Another consideration is selecting the right feed that has maximum attraction.

How much and what to feed is right up there as being one of the most popular questions.

How to identify fish

We get lots of fishing questions on how to identify catches.

In particular, how to tell species apart including chub and dace, roach and rudd or crucians and brown goldish.

We also get lots of questions regarding hybrids and which species can hybridise.

If you have caught what you think is a super specimen, of any species, we can get an expert to assess it from your photos. Try and take photos from a good selection of angles.

Angler's Mail

Running from 1964 until 2020, Angler's Mail was the UK's leading weekly magazine devoted to coarse fishing, telling readers everything they needed to know about which fish to catch, where to catch them, and what kit they needed to do it. Now, loads of the magazine's expert advice can be found on, as a helpful resource for angling newcomers and experts alike.