7 Things I Learned While Fishing with Emma

Before being introduced to Emma, I had no concept of how to properly use a “Waggler,” had never witnessed an angler “trotting” a stream for Dace, and certainly hadn’t met many fisherwomen from the UK who had a habit of driving a red Ferrari from one fishing spot to the next.


Of coarse (pun intended), who wouldn’t be intrigued by this knowledgeable brunette fisherwoman who could land at least twelve different freshwater species while sporting a camouflage tank top and knee-high boots? Oh, and guys, don’t even bother asking her if she needs help casting out her line or netting her fish… trust me, she’s GOT IT!

Fishing with Emma is an entertaining and instructional written adventure in UK coarse angling by author and illustrator David Overland. Anglers of all experience levels and specialties will appreciate this book. Emma shares fishing wisdom with her audience in cartoon strip style. Sure, maybe some cartoons are meant to be funny, but I’m here to tell you that Emma takes fishing quite seriously and the practical fishing tips that you’ll find in each chapter certainly prove it.

Here are seven key things I learned about coarse angling while following along on Emma’s travels:

  1. That it’s always best to kneel when taking photos of your catch. Dropping a fish from a standing position can seriously injure or even kill large fish.
  2. Chumming for carp with a slingshot and dog biscuits can be very effective when targeting fish on the surface.
  3. When fishing for bream using worms, you will have better success with keeping the worm on your hook if you stick a maggot or caster on the hook after rigging them to hold them in place.
  4. How to properly identify a Bronze bream from a Silver bream by counting the number of scales along the fish’s lateral line. Bronze bream will have 51 to 60 scales and Silver bream will have 44 to 48.
  5. For night fishing or long fishing sessions, it’s more practical to use Bolt rigs for carp with a semi-fixed lead.
  6. Spinning is an effective technique used in the UK for catching Zander since this species tends to favor deep, dark stretches of water. Spinning is a more active technique that will allow the angler to cover a larger area.
  7. The best way to safely unhook a toothy pike is by using a damp mat, rolling the fish onto its back, gripping the fish lightly with your knees, inserting your fingers under the gill cover, and then gently lifting open the bottom jaw to remove the hook.

What about all the tips on how to catch perch, rudd, roach, tench, eel, and barbel? Well, you’re just going to have meet Emma for yourself! Fishing with Emma is published by Merlin Unwin Books and sells for £9.99 or about $15 US.

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