English fishing; Learn to fish with this technique?

What is English-style fishing and what are its origins?

English fishing; Learn to fish with this technique?
English fishing; Learn to fish with this technique?

English fishing (also known as Bolognese fishing in other countries) commonly called that, is nothing more than a style of coup fishing with a reel. It is a modality where white fish of considerable size are obtained. Particularly, it is a type of sport fishing , done with great style. With this, species such as carpons or breams can be obtained with considerable ease if we make a comparison with other arts. It is a modality that is exercised mainly by people who are dedicated to carp fishing or carp fishing .

English-style fishing can be done at all times of water, both in the sea and in rivers, lakes, reservoirs… Even so, carrying out this type of fishing in the sea generates some inconveniences, since the current and the nearby areas of rock can spoil entire days. If our vafer sinks, we can end the activity, hence, it is much more favorable in port settings or with calm waters , although, as we say, the modality can be practiced at convenience.

We have two ways to fish the English way:

  • On the one hand, there is the assembly with a fixed float , where the connection with the east can be made on its own ring or with a swivel.
    This type is practiced in shallow areas , between approximately two and three meters.
  • On the other, there is the assembly with a continuous float , for which a knot is placed that creates a kind of stop that can be moved on the line to adjust the depth that interests us at all times. This type of assembly is used in areas of greater depth. With it, it is also avoided that the cast has an excess of line that is left hanging and unused, even becoming inconvenient.

The technique to follow to launch with any of the assemblies goes through:

  • The cast must be above the head, in the direction of our 12, creating an angle of inclination, between 75 and 85 degrees.
  • It must be done with a lot of energy and accompanying the entire movement in its entirety.
  • While the line is in the air, touches are exerted on the reel that has the reel, so that the line is stretched and thus remains completely smooth in the water.

If we follow these steps correctly, the bite will be assured and will take place in a relatively short time. As you can see, it is a simple technique; to practice!

What materials do we use to fish the English?

The material or equipment that must be used is made up of different pieces, which we will list below.

fishing rod

This must have three sections or you can opt for a telescopic rod . Its length will range between 3.6 and 4.2 meters. It must also have several rings, so that the launch is much greater and the friction with the line is as minimal as possible in each case.

For anglers just starting out, a semi-parabolic action rod is recommended , but for more experienced anglers, a point action rod is better.


Be careful with the specifications that the reel must meet for English fishing. This must be light , with a good speed for recovery and a brake that takes effect progressively. This can be both front and rear; always depending on the comfort that the fisherman wants. It must make a perfect accompaniment of the rod and have bearings that offer us a very smooth collection .


The reels must be conical, especially in the case of having to develop longer casts . On the other hand, the brake

Fishing line

The line must be indicated for this type of fishing, being easy to slide. In addition, it must have little elasticity and have a treatment that perfectly resists rubbing against the rings at the time of casting. The diameter must be between 11 and 16/100 .

Buying a good line is very important due to the variety that exists in the market; Not all of them work , not even remotely, and this point is perhaps the one that requires more precision.


For this modality, the well- known wagglers or floats must be used , selecting one model or another depending on whether or not there will be a current.

To cast, a cast must be made without too much effort, so that the fishing line is very tense on the surface of the water. Always remember that the fishing float will always propel much further than a normal hook. When the fish bites, it should be nailed in a lateral position using the rod.


The bait we use must be sticky. For example, the use of the English Gooster usually comes in handy , which if mixed with live worms has a greater effect. It is recommended to prepare bags of said bait the size of an orange, mixed at a rate of ¼ liter of water for each kilogram of bait . These should be thrown in groups of 5 or 6 to make the fish come closer to our position.


The last element, and not for that reason the least important, is the swivel or swivel . This joins the line with the bass and must be placed to avoid the turns of the line both in casts and in the fight against the fish.

What kind of species are captured with this technique, both in the sea and in the river?

English-style fishing is not an activity where extremely large species are intended to be removed , but rather a mass that includes different types on the shores of seas and rivers. In fact, it is a modality that is getting more and more followers all over the world, so that, for many, the importance lies precisely in the variety and not in the size.

The species that are mainly obtained are carp, bogue and barbel . In fact, you can get any species of cyprinids without too much concern. It is also a type of fishing aimed at bream.

We can get, at least, specimens between 4 and 5 kilos , but, for this, it is necessary to use a specific fishing material. In the case of larger species, it would be important to look for carp-fishing material and combine it with the one we have just detailed.

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