Get Fishing is the Angling Trust’s campaign to get more people fishing more often. Get into fishing at hundreds of events for all ages and abilities. They are funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income
‘Fishbook’: Our species-guide series based on “Get Fishing”
the brilliant how to fish book by Allan Sefton
We profile the UK’s most common as well as some lesser-known fish species to help newcomer anglers find out more about fish that can be caught in our lakes, canals, rivers, ponds and sea.
Understanding the kinds of fish you might catch will add interest and could even make your fishing easier! Here you’ll find out more about…
Scientific name: Leuciscus leuciscus
Life span: Between 8-16 years
Typical size: 4-6oz
British record: 1lb 5oz
Waters: Rivers and small streams throughout England and parts of Wales and Scotland
Interesting fact: Dace are opportunistic feeders and will search for immature insects on the riverbed and rise to take flying insects from the river’s surface
Dace are a silver, herring-shaped fish. They do not grow big. A one pound dace is a specimen fish. Dace are opportunistic feeders and will search for immature insects on the riverbed and rise to take flying insects from the river’s surface.
Dace are widely distributed across the rivers of Britain. There are one or two rivers where they are particularly abundant.
Most dace are caught when float fishing with maggots. Small fish can be a nuisance when other bigger species are the target.
Visit the rest of the How To Fish video gallery here to learn new tricks and discover more about the basics of angling.
Some of the above content is taken from the new book, Get Fishing – the ‘how to’ guide to Coarse, Sea and Fly Fishing by Allan Sefton published by Merlin Unwin Books. This colourful, lively book is aimed at complete beginners of all ages, those who have been out fishing a couple of times and want to take it further and families of all abilities. It’s also packed with top-tips and info that make it useful for more experienced anglers too. Find out more about, and purchase a copy of the book here.