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JULY DOVETAIL FISHING LEAGUE
June DFL is all wrapped up, let's take a look at what venues you'll be competing on in this 5 week July! Good luck everyone. Hunter Series Week 1 – Oxlease Species: Pike Week 2 – Pearl Lake Species: Siamese Carp Week 3 – Rotterdam Species: Bream Week 4 – River Ebro Species: Common Carp Week 5 – Loch Mickle Species: Atlantic Salmon Carp Series Week 1 – River Ebro Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp Week 2 – Loch Mickle Species: Koi Carp, Leather Carp, Mirror Carp Week 3 – Pearl Lake Species: Bighead Carp, Juliens Golden Carp, Siamese Carp Week 4 – Rotterdam Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp Week 5 – Oxlease Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp Coarse Series Week 1 – Pearl Lake Species: Arapaima, Bighead Carp, Black Pacu, Giant Wolf Fish, Juliens Golden Carp, Mekong Catfish, Peacock Bass, Red Pacu, Redtail Catfish, Siamese Carp Week 2 – River Ebro Species: Barbel, Channel Catfish, Chub, Common Carp, European Eel, Perch, Mirror Carp, Pumpkinseed, Roach, Rudd, Catfish, Zander Week 3 – Oxlease Species: Common Carp ,Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Perch, Roach, Rudd, Tench, Pike, Chub Week 4 – Loch Mickle Species: Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, Chub, European Eel, Ferox Trout, Koi Carp, Leather Carp, Mirror Carp, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Roach Week 5 – Rotterdam Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Perch, Asp, Ide, Bream, Roach, Tench, Zander, European Eel, Pike, Catfish Predator Challenge Week 1 – Loch Mickle Species: Pike, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon, Ferox Trout, European Eel Week 2 – Rotterdam Species: Asp ,Pike, Perch, European Eel, Zander, Catfish Week 3 – River Ebro Species: Channel Catfish ,European Eel ,Perch, Catfish, Zander Week 4 – Oxlease Species: Perch, Pike Week 5 – Pearl Lake Species: Asp, Pike, Perch, European Eel, Zander, Catfish
The Catch - 4 months ago
JUNE DOVETAIL FISHING LEAGUE
May DFL is all wrapped up, let's take a look at what venues you'll be competing on in June! Good luck everyone. Hunter Series Week 1 – Loch Mickle Species: Eel Week 2 – Pearl Lake Species: Mekong Catfish Week 3 – Rotterdam Species: Roach Week 4 – River Ebro Species: Perch Carp Series Week 1 – Oxlease Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp Week 2 – Loch Mickle Species: Koi Carp, Leather Carp, Mirror Carp Week 3 – Pearl Lake Species: Bighead Carp, Juliens Golden Carp, Siamese Carp Week 4 – Rotterdam Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp Coarse Series Week 1 – Rotterdam Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Perch, Asp, Ide, Bream, Roach, Tench, Zander, European Eel, Pike, Catfish Week 2 – Oxlease Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Perch, Roach, Rudd, Tench, Pike, Chub Week 3 – River Ebro Species: Barbel, Channel Catfish, Chub, Common Carp, European Eel, Perch, Mirror Carp, Pumpkinseed, Roach, Rudd, Catfish, Zander Week 4 – Loch Mickle Species: Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, Chub, European Eel, Ferox Trout, Koi Carp, Leather Carp, Mirror Carp, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Roach Predator Challenge Week 1 – Pearl Lake Species: Arapaima, Black Pacu, Giant WolfFish, Peacock Bass, Red Pacu, Redtail Catfish Week 2 – River Ebro Species: Channel Catfish, European Eel, Perch, Catfish, Zander Week 3 – Loch Mickle Species: Pike, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon, Ferox Trout, European Eel Week 4 – Oxlease Species: Perch, Pike
The Catch - 5 months ago
MAY DOVETAIL FISHING LEAGUE
April DFL is all wrapped up, let's take a look at what venues you'll be competing on in May! Good luck everyone. Hunter Series Week 1 – River Ebro Species: Barbel Week 2 – Loch Mickle Species: Ferox Trout Week 3 – Rotterdam Species: Ide Week 4 – Oxlease Species: Mirror Carp Carp Series Week 1 – Pearl Lake Species: Bighead Carp, Juliens Golden Carp, Siamese Carp Week 2 – Rotterdam Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp Week 3 – River Ebro Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp Week 4 – Loch Mickle Species: Koi Carp, Leather Carp, Mirror Carp Coarse Series Week 1 – Oxlease Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Perch, Roach, Rudd, Tench, Pike, Chub Week 2 – Pearl Lake Species: Arapaima, Bighead Carp, Black Pacu, Giant Wolf Fish, Juliens Golden Carp, Mekong Catfish, Peacock Bass, Red Pacu, Redtail Catfish, Siamese Carp Week 3 – Loch Mickle Species: Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, Chub, European Eel, Ferox Trout, Koi Carp, Leather Carp, Mirror Carp, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Roach Week 4 – River Ebro Species: Barbel, Channel Catfish, Chub, Common Carp, European Eel, Perch, Mirror Carp, Pumpkinseed, Roach, Rudd, Catfish, Zander Predator Challenge Week 1 – Loch Mickle Species: Pike, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon, Ferox Trout, European Eel Week 2 – Oxlease Species: Perch, Pike Week 3 – Pearl Lake Species: Arapaima, Black Pacu, Giant WolfFish, Peacock Bass, Red Pacu, Redtail Catfish Week 4 – Rotterdam Species: Asp, Pike, Perch, European Eel, Zander, Catfish
The Catch - 6 months ago
APRIL DOVETAIL FISHING LEAGUE
The March DFL on The Catch: Carp and Coarse comes to a close, let's take a look at what venues we will be competing on in April! Good luck everyone. Hunter Series Week 1 – Pearl Lake Species: Arapaima Week 2 – Rotterdam Species: Zander Week 3 – Oxlease Species: Common Carp Week 4 – Loch Mickle Species: Brown Trout Carp Series Week 1 – River Ebro Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp Week 2 – Pearl Lake Species: Bighead Carp, Juliens Golden Carp, Siamese Carp Week 3 – Rotterdam Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp Week 4 – Oxlease Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp Coarse Series Week 1 – Oxlease Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Perch, Roach, Rudd, Tench, Pike, Chub Week 2 – River Ebro Species: Barbel, Channel Catfish, Chub, Common Carp, European Eel, Perch, Mirror Carp, Pumpkinseed, Roach, Rudd, Catfish, Zander Week 3 – Loch Mickle Species: Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, Chub, European Eel, Ferox Trout, Koi Carp, Leather Carp, Mirror Carp, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Roach Week 4 – Rotterdam Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Perch Asp, Ide, Bream, Roach, Tench, Zander, European Eel, Pike, Catfish Predator Challenge Week 1 – Loch Mickle Species: Pike, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon, Ferox Trout, European Eel Week 2 – Oxlease Species: Perch, Pike Week 3 – Pearl Lake Species: Arapaima, Black Pacu, Giant WolfFish, Peacock Bass, Red Pacu, Redtail Catfish Week 4 – River Ebro Species: Channel Catfish, European Eel, Perch, Catfish, Zander
The Catch - 7 months ago
MARCH DOVETAIL FISHING LEAGUE
The Catch: Carp and Coarse wraps up a great month of fishing in the DFL. We now move into a 5 week month, lots of opportunities to get high scores! Good luck everyone. Hunter Series Week 1 – Loch Mickle Species: Mirror Carp Week 2 – Pearl Lake Species: Peacock Bass Week 3 – River Ebro Species: Zander Week 4 – Oxlease Species: Roach Week 5 – Rotterdam Species: European Perch Carp Series Week 1 – Pearl Lake Species: Bighead Carp, Juliens Golden Carp, Siamese Carp Week 2 – Rotterdam Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp Week 3 – Loch Mickle Species: Koi Carp, Leather Carp, Mirror Carp Week 4 – River Ebro Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp Week 5 – Oxlease Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp Coarse Series Week 1 – Rotterdam Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Perch, Asp, Ide, Bream, Roach, Tench, Zander, European Eel, Pike, Catfish Week 2 – Loch Mickle Species: Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, Chub, European Eel, Ferox Trout, Koi Carp, Leather Carp, Mirror Carp, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Roach Week 3 – Oxlease Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Perch, Roach, Rudd, Tench, Pike, Chub Week 4 – Pearl Lake Species: Arapaima, Bighead Carp, Black Pacu, Giant Wolf Fish, Juliens Golden Carp, Mekong Catfish, Peacock Bass, Red Pacu, Redtail Catfish, Siamese Carp Week 5 – River Ebro Species: Barbel, Channel Catfish, Chub, Common Carp, European Eel, Perch, Mirror Carp, Pumpkinseed, Roach, Rudd, Catfish, Zander Predator Challenge Week 1 – Oxlease Species: Perch, Pike Week 2 – River Ebro Species: Channel Catfish, European Eel, Perch, Catfish, Zander Week 3 – Rotterdam Species: Asp, Pike, Perch, European Eel, Zander, Catfish Week 4 – Loch Mickle Species: Pike, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon, Ferox Trout, European Eel Week 5 – Pearl Lake Species: Arapaima, Black Pacu, Giant Wolf Fish, Peacock Bass, Red Pacu, Redtail Catfish
The Catch - 8 months ago
JANUARY 2021 ANGLER OF THE MONTH
We are off to a great start this year in the Dovetail Fishing League! January has been met with some excellent plays across all our platforms. Let’s take a look at the winners. Xbox The winner of this months Xbox Angler of the Month goes to WicksySPY442. Wicksy has won each league and started off strong for 2021. It was close to being a draw as Yeoman40 was close behind in the Match and Predator leagues, lets see if anyone will be able to take Wicksy off the top in February. Angler of the Month: WicksySPY442 Series Winners Hunter Series: WicksySPY442 Carp Series: WicksySPY442 Coarse Series: WicksySPY442 Predator Series: WicksySPY442 PlayStation PlayStations winner for Angler of the Month goes to Basstardo861. Another wipe across the board, Basstardo861 has won each league with a joint first on the Carp Championship with carp47300. Angler of the Month: Basstardo861 Series Winners Hunter Series: Basstardo861 Carp Series: Basstardo861 & carp47300 Coarse Series: Basstardo861 Predator Series: Basstardo861 Steam On Steam this month beo123 takes Angler of the Month. A close battle between gholcroft, KrissCarpPL and beo123. Let's see who takes the lead in February. Angler of the Month: beo123 Series Winners Hunter Series: gholcroft Carp Series: beo123 Coarse Series: KrissCarpPL Predator Series: beo123 Congratulations to all our winners this month, what a great way to kick off the year. Let’s get straight into the February leagues. Tight lines and good luck everyone!
The Catch - 9 months ago
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FEBRUARY DOVETAIL FISHING LEAGUE
The first months Fishing League for 2021 is over and we roll straight into another line up of exciting competition in The Catch: Carp and Coarse! Hunter Series Week 1 – River Ebro Species: Channel Catfish Week 2 – Loch Mickle Species: Leather Carp Week 3 – Rotterdam Species: European Eel Week 4 – Pearl Lake Species: Siamese Carp Carp Series Week 1 – Rotterdam Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp Week 2 – Pearl Lake Species: Bighead Carp, Julien’s Golden Carp, Siamese Carp Week 3 – Oxlease Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp Week 4 – Loch Mickle Species: Koi Carp, Leather Carp, Mirror Carp Coarse Series Week 1 – Loch Mickle Species: Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, Chub, European Eel, Ferox Trout, Koi Carp, Leather Carp, Mirror Carp, Pike, Rainbow Trout, Roach Week 2 – Rotterdam Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Perch, Asp, Ide, Bream, Roach, Tench, Zander, European Eel, Pike, Catfish Week 3 – River Ebro Species: Barbel, Channel Catfish, Chub, Common Carp, European Eel, Perch, Mirror Carp, Pumpkin seed, Roach, Rudd, Catfish, Zander Week 4 – Oxlease Species: Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Perch, Roach, Rudd, Tench, Pike, Chub Predator Challenge Week 1 – Pearl Lake Species: Arapaima, Black Pacu, Giant Wolf Fish, Peacock Bass, Red Pacu, Redtail Catfish Week 2 – Oxlease Species: Perch, Pike Week 3 – Loch Mickle Species: Pike, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon, Ferox Trout, European Eel Week 4 – River Ebro Species: Channel Catfish, European Eel, Perch, Catfish, Zander
The Catch - 9 months ago
Boss Fish Friday
Here you will find a weekly thread of top tip sheets on how to find and net specific Boss Fish. Boss Fish in The Catch: Carp & Coarse are notorious for being a challenge. You will need all your skill to land one of these monster fish. Bait, Rig, Location & Time of day all play a big factor in how to successfully catch these Boss fish. The Bull - River Ebro This week we are kicking things off with The Bull on River Ebro! The Bull along with The Matador are a couple of the hardest fish to catch in the game, which is exactly why we are starting with it. Blingo - Pearl Lake Today's Boss Fish is Blingo on Pearl Lake. Don't let Blingo's shiny scales fool you, this fish won't go down without a fight. Blingo can be found allover the lake so you'll need to make sure you have the right equipment. Stoorworm - Loch Mickle This Friday we are taking a closer look at Stoorworm the Northern Pike on Loch Mickle. Stoorworm is often seen around the most southern part of the Loch. Be careful though, this Northern Pike packs a punch and will be sure to challenge your skill. The Matador - River Ebro For this week’s Boss Fish Friday, we are going back to River Ebro and looking at the hardest fish to catch in the game, The Matador. To catch this Boss, you’ll need to hop on a boat as The Matador is a touch out of reach from the bank. The Unicorn - Loch Mickle Today we are looking at The Unicorn on Loch Mickle. This Arctic Char is sure to give you a run for your money once you get it on the line, and you'll know you've caught it once you spot that hooked bottom lip. Alice - Oxlease This week's Boss Fish is Alice the Mirror Carp on Oxlease. One of the harder to catch Mirror Carp in the game, this one will have you smiling from ear to ear when you catch her. Burns - Lock Mickle Our Christmasy Boss Fish Friday is Burns on Loch Mickle. This Brown Trout is the biggest bully on the loch, will you catch him? Wiktoria - Jezioro Bestii New year, new Boss fish. Today we are looking at Wiktoria on Jezioro Bestii. This one is up there as one of our favourite looking fish and is definitely one for the photo album. Outlaw - Rotterdam This week you’ll need to put your crime fighting hat on and try to catch the biggest criminal on Rotterdam – Outlaw. Little hog - Lock Mickle Today's Boss Fish is Little Hog on Loch Mickle. This muscular chub will not be caught without a fight. The Tiger - Oxlease Today we head over to Oxlease to take a closer look at The Tiger. This Ghost Carp has no relation to its feline friends, but it sure fights like one. Nancy Jo - Pearl Lake This week we are in the sunny depths of Pearl Lake and Nancy Jo the Jullien's Golden Carp is the fish we are tackling. Wobbles - Rotterdam Today we are taking a closer look at Wobbles the Eel on Rotterdam. Using the size 2 hook for this one is going to ensure you're only catching the heavier eels! Francesco - River Ebro Swinging over to sunny River Ebro today to get some hints and tips on catching Francesco the chub. Remi - Jezioro Bestii Today we head back into the mountains to see how to catch Remi the European Perch. Remi is small but fierce, so make sure you are ready for a fight! Tall Tale - Oxlease This week we are hunting Tall Tale, one of three Northern Pike Boss Fish on Oxlease. A tricky one to catch, we recommend putting all three rods to use to catch this one! Glen - Loch Mickle We are back on Loch Mickle this week to take a look for Glen the Rainbow Trout. A stunning looking Boss Fish this week, so make sure you share your screenshots with us on our social channels! Olive - River Ebro For today's Boss Fish Friday we are taking a look at how to catch Olive the Barbel on River Ebro. A tricky one to catch, we recommend either sunset or night-time for this one! Ludwik - Jezioro Bestii Grab your jackets, this week we are heading up into the mountains to Jezioro Bestii. We will be taking a look at how to net Ludwik the Brown Trout! We recommend using all 3 rods for this one. Gomez - River Ebro Today we are back in the sun and looking at Gomez the European Perch on River Ebro. We recommend while using the lure you have the other rods set up with some size 8 hooks and bloodworms. Bonnie - Loch Mickle We are back with Boss Fish Fridays this week and we are on Loch Mickle! You'll want to crack out the lures for this one and get ready to fish under the stars. Goblin - Pearl Lake Today we are on Pearl Lake and hunting for Goblin the Red Pacu! We recommend you setup a peg and using two rods with baits such as Dynamite Source Boilies or catfish pellets, and then a lure on the third rod. Hazmat - Loch Mickle Let's take a closer look at Loch Mickle's hazardous Boss Fish, Hazmat. This one's not too far from the launch point so jump in your boat, and head over to the marked spot on the map! Aqua - River Ebro This weeks Boss Fish is on the sunny River Ebro. Aqua is going to give you a challenge as you battle it into the net, deadbaits are a great choice for this fearless predator. Pudgy - Oxlease Today we are hunting Pudgy on Oxlease. You'll want to head out at Sunset and try several spots as Pudgy moves all round the venue. Delft - Rotterdam This weeks Boss Fish Friday is Delft on Rotterdam. You can catch Delft all over the venue and at two different times, so you have plenty of options to hunt this one down! Phillippa - Loch Mickle We are heading over to Loch Mickle today to try and find Phillippa the Atlantic Salmon. Make sure to head out at night, you won't have far to travel from the eastern dock. Aragon - River Ebro Today's Boss Fish is on River Ebro. Aragon will be an excellent addition to anyone's catch list. You'll want to head out when the sun starts dipping for this one. Zach - Pearl Lake This week we're on sunny Pearl lake tracking down the fruit munching dunce that is Zach. You'll want to be out and ready to fish at sunrise, good luck! Saffron - River Ebro Today's Boss Fish is Saffron on River Ebro. This Zander has a big appetite, so you'll want to stock up on deadbaits if you want to net this one! Freckles - Loch Mickle This weeks Boss Fish Friday goes by the name of Freckles. Freckles is an Artic Char found in Loch Mickle. Freckles is a bit of night out so pack a torch... and probably a snack.
The Catch - a year ago
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The Catch Online Leagues - July Angler of the Month
An enthralling season has reached its end and we can reveal the Angler of the Month for July on each platform. We saw late surges for the lead and some super close finishes in some series. Our results round up starts with Xbox. Xbox One The three week season on Xbox One was hotly contested. So much so that one of the series was decided by just a single point. That single point victory went to WicksySPY442 in the Hunter Series as he held out against II T0PD0LLAR II to take the top spot. Wicksy was also our winner in the Carp Series, securing the top spot in the final week. ScoobyHaze420 took a second place finish to cement his place at the top of the Coarse Series leaderboard. The two wins early on the season had put II T0PD0LLAR II in an excellent position heading in to the final week and they were able to capitalise on this and take home the Predator Series win. And now a huge congratulations goes to WicksySPY442 as he comes out on top and is our first Xbox One Angler of the Month for The Catch: Carp & Coarse! Two series wins and second place in the Predator Series puts him top of the Angler of the Month Leaderboard. Angler of the Month: WicksySPY442 Series Winners Hunter Series: WicksySPY442 Carp Series: WicksySPY442 Coarse Series: ScoobyHaze420 Predator Series: II T0PD0LLAR II PlayStation 4 It went down to the wire on PlayStation as two of the series winners took first place in the final week. In the Hunter Series, stumain capitalised on his strong position heading in to the final week and secured the series win. Johnnij87 leapfrogged the leader in the final week to put their name on the crown for the Carp Series. Having not featured in the top 3 last week, bobcin3 took a victory in week 4 and rocketed up to first place in the Coarse Series leaderboard taking the win by just 3 points. He was also our winner in the Predator Series, locking down that top spot with a win in week 4. The July Angler of the Month award for PlayStation goes to bobcin3! A huge congratulations to him as he takes two series wins to top the overall standings. Angler of the Month: bobcin3 Series Winners Hunter Series: stumain Carp Series: Johnnij87 Coarse Series: bobcin3 Predator Series: bobcin3 Steam The final week in the July season on Steam saw a last minute dash to the finish, a 100% record of wins for the month and a close finish in one of the series. There just 10 points in it as ActionMosez came out of nowhere to top the standings in the Hunter Series. A win in the final week of the season deciding it for him there. It was a comfortable victory in the Carp Series for fairy 9 y.o as they finished the season with a 100% record of victories across the four weeks. Taking their second series win of the month we saw ActionMosez, a front runner throughout the month, take home the Coarse Series trophy. Securing their second series win of the month in style, fairy 9 y.o took the win in week 4 of the Predator Series to secure first place. Congratulations to fairy 9 y.o who is confirmed as our July Angler of the Month. Angler of the Month: fairy 9 y.o Series Winners Hunter Series: ActionMosez Carp Series: fairy 9 y.o Coarse Series: ActionMosez Predator Series: fairy 9 y.o Congratulations to all of the winners! We can't to see how the August season of the Dovetail Fishing League is going to play out. Here are your events for the first week: Hunter Series: In week 1 of the Hunter Series you'll be heading to the River Ebro in Spain to track down a hefty bag of barbel. The spectacular sunset will be providing the back drop for your attempts and there will be a light cloud covering. Carp Series: Linear Fisheries is our host for the Carp Series on Oxlease. The forcasts say it's going to be a morning of heavy rain. Coarse Series: We're off to Scotland for the Coarse Series as you'll be fishing on Loch Mickle. We've got clear skies for the morning here. Predator Series: A night time of predator fishing is on the cards for the Predator Series as we head to Rotterdam. You can expect to see clear skies for this one.
The Catch - a year ago
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Get to know Claudia Darga
Claudia Darga is one of the top anglers in Europe and you can compete against her in the offline events of The Catch: Carp & Coarse. Recently you will have seen her on our pages playing the game as well as providing advice for those getting started as an angler. Who is Claudia and how did she get in to fishing? Read on to find out. How did you get into carp fishing? My interest definitely started with the previous relationship to my boyfriend, who is a pretty successful carp angler. He took me one time with him to the bank and the first trip was amazing for me. From this day on I was infected by this amazing sport and I joined mostly all sessions that he did during the years. One day I decided not being only a visitor, instead, I decided to become an active angler. So from time to time I started to catch my first fish, made my own tactics and used my favourite baits. I would say that 90% I go for carp, because this is the style of fishing I am most addicted to 😀. For me, it is different to all other styles of fishing. I love the relaxed part of it. However, during the last two years I tried more and more other styles of fishing. So I also tried the hard to fish for predator fish such as bass, zander and catfish. But I also try to go fishing during my holidays and try out new things. However, I always come to the conclusion that carp fishing is the style of fishing I like most. What’s your earliest fishing memory? This was when I was a little girl, guess around 7 or 8 years old. I went fishing with my dad in Poland. We went fishing from the boat and to be totally honest I can’t remember what we were trying to catch. But I think my dad just tried to catch something no matter which kind of fish. Just remember that we had worms, maggots and corn. Back then fishing for me was really boring because my dad said I can’t talk and move cause we are fishing from the boat. If I would move I am going to scare the fish. Therefore I sat on the boat and were waiting and waiting and waiting. My dad was never a good angler and actually I can’t remember that we ever caught something. Nevertheless for my Dad it was always important to show me and my sister where the fish come from and how to kill and cook it. After our unsuccessful fishing trip we drove to a fishing farm and bought some fish and killed it by ourself. Guess this was something very important back then for me as well because my dad showed me everything, I was never disgusted. Are you an out and out carp angler or are there any other styles you love? Of course I have tried a lot from time to time. For example a variety of predator fish as pike, perch, zander and catfish. But also Perch and tench were my targeted fish. But also fishing for exotic species as Siamese carp or Arapaima I have done. But always coming to the conclusion that carp fishing is by far the best fishing style. Therefore, my focus is on carp. I would say that 90% I go for carp, because this is the style of fishing I am most addicted too. For me, it is different to all other styles of fishing. What is your favourite thing about fishing? I have tried so many different styles of fishing. And also compared to other leisure activities, this is what I like most. As it combines so many things I love! I love the nature, I love animals and I love the silence, I love to chill and hang out with friends and I really love to sleep. This is all possible when fishing for carp. For me one weekend out at the bank is almost like one week vacation. It is more than just catching big carps. It is so much that attracts me to do this fantastic hobby. But of course the best part of it is when you know your tactic worked out and you are catching a good fish. My second best moment is the sound of the bite alarm and the third is when releasing a big fish and realizing again how big and peaceful it was. It all contributes a little bit to my passion for carp fishing. All of that attracted me from the beginning and is still what I love about it. What’s your most memorable catch/what is your personal best? My most memorable catch happened during one of my last sessions some years ago. I have seen this fish three years swimming in my most favorite lake. It has been caught only once approx. 5 years ago. It is a stunning Koi carp called Nemo. I have observed it always during summer time in the shallow water while sunbathing. It is so unbelievably beautiful. In late summer last year I could not believe my eyes when this fish came up in front of my landing net! It was one of my best fishing moments when seeing it the first time. Because I wanted to catch it so hard! Once it was in the landing net I was just shocked about what had happened! This fish was exactly 10kg and was my most beautiful and probably one of the most unique fish I have ever seen. At what point did you realise you could make angling your career? This was about three years ago when I realize that I am having kinda two fulltime jobs. The last years I have worked in the logistics and I loved it every single second. But then after some time I felt that I was extremly busy with everything around fishing. And by that I don’t mean the actual fishing I mean all the writing, organising, editing videos and pictures and so on. Then I realised with all the work around it I could make it a fulltime job. What’s your number 1 tip you give to new anglers? The first I always say is to be patient. Nowadays many beginners have the impression that fishing is very easy and that you can catch big fish very quickly. Last but not least the impression comes from social media. There are often the big fish presented although it is also a long way to get there. Also with me some people seem to think that when I am on the water, I am always catching fish but this is not the reality. Every angler, no matter how successful he is, has days when he catches nothing. So I think patience is really important. Don't give up as soon as you go home without catching a fish. I am not discouraged when I'm blanking, but I think about what I can improve next time, it was the wrong bait or the wrong place. There is no 100% formula for sucessful fishing, it is a mixture of patience and creativity. What gaming experience do you have? When I was younger, I played a lot. No matter whether it was on the PC or the PlayStation or Game Boy. I also met with friends to play with, somehow everyone was gaming. My weakness is that once I start I can't stop easily. For example, when I went shopping with my mother, I always took my Game Boy with me and couldn't let it go while shopping. And when I wasn't being good, you can guess what I got as punishment... right she took my games away :-P
The Catch - a year ago
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The Catch Online Leagues - July Week 4
It's hard to believe we're already in to week 4 of this month's online league. It's the final week of the season and everyone will be trying their hardest to reach that top spot and be crowned Angler of the Month. This week's tournaments will see you tackling Pearl Lake in the Hunter Series where you'll be tracking down the bighead carp. The Carp Series is also heading to a holiday destination as you'll be fishing on the River Ebro. The Coarse Series heads to the Linear Fisheries for a tournament on Oxlease, every species counts here. Finally, in the Predator Series we're on our way to Scotland for a tournament at Loch Mickle. Good luck and tight lines everyone! Xbox One Hunter Series Maddenkru took a win in the Hunter Series at Rotterdam last week to close in on the leaders. WicksySPY442 holds on to that top spot ahead of II T0PD0LLAR II who has climbed in to the top 3 this week. Perex62 remains in third and will be looking for a good performance to leap in to first place. Week Winner: Maddenkru Season leader: WicksySPY442 Season 2nd place: II T0PD0LLAR II Season 3rd place: perex62 Carp Series With a win in the Carp Series at Pearl Lake, WicksySPY442 also finds himself leading the series. It's all looking different in the top 3 this week as iiFiSHFinger moves up in to third and BigGunsBradley takes the third spot. Who will come out with the win in the final week? Week Winner: WicksySPY442 Season leader: WicksySPY442 Season 2nd place: iiFiSHFinger Season 3rd place: BigGunsBradley Coarse Series VILLE BOY put in a great performance to claim the win in the Coarse Series on the River Ebro. He now sits just outside the top 3. ScoobyHaze420 has moved up two places from third in to first. MOHAMMED CURAY has been moved down in to third as l Bigtimer J l joins the top 3 in second place. Week winner: VILLE BOY Season leader: ScoobyHaze420 Season 2nd place: l Bigtimer J l Season 3rd place: MOHAMMED CURAY Predator Series It was two wins from two for II T0PD0LLAR II as they took the win at Oxlease in the Predator Series. They extend their gap over Yeoman40 in second. WicksySPY442 is now running in third place in the standings. Week winner: II T0PD0LLAR II Season leader: II T0PD0LLAR II Season 2nd place: Yeoman40 Season 3rd place: WicksySPY442 Angler of the Month Leaderboard WicksySPY442 and II T0PD0LLAR II both gained a place in the Angler of the Month standings this week. Wicksy now leads the way with II T0PD0LLAR II in second. They have bene joined in the top 3 by MOHAMMED CURAY Leader: WicksySPY442 2nd Place: II T0PD0LLAR II 3rd Place: MOHAMMED CURAY PlayStation 4 Hunter Series It was a victory for stumain in week 3 of the Hunter Series, that win now putting them at the top of the standings. Lepecheur_59 remains in second place. Ginger-Beard90 now occupies the third slot in the top 3. Week Winner: stumain Season leader: stumain Season 2nd place: Lepecheur_59 Season 3rd place: Ginger-Beard90 Carp Series MEWwarred took the win in the Carp Series in week 3 as they look to catch the top 3. At the top of the standings we are unchanged from last week. Bobcin3 leads the way ahead of Johnnij87 in second and MASHEAD7 in third. Week Winner: MEWwarred Season leader: bobcin3 Season 2nd place: Johnnij87 Season 3rd place: MASHEAD7 Coarse Series A win for Johnnij87 sees them take over the lead of the series leaderboard. Stumain moves up in to second place and is followed by TheDude462 who has joined the top 3 in third place. Week winner: Johnnij87 Season leader: Johnnij87 Season 2nd place: stumain Season 3rd place: TheDude462 Predator Series Ginger-Beard90 was the winner in the Predator Series for week 3, a result that moves him up in to second place. At the top bobcin3 is holding on to the lead and will be looking to hold off the rest in week 4. Stumain has moved up in to the top 3 sitting in third. Week winner: Ginger-Beard90 Season leader: bobcin3 Season 2nd place: Ginger-Beard90 Season 3rd place: stumain Angler of the Month Leaderboard As we move in to the final week of the season we still have bobcin3 holding on to the lead of the Angler of the Month leaderboard. Stumain is hot on his tail in second. Ginger-Beard90 has made sure he's in the race for the title as he moves up in to third. Leader: bobcin3 2nd Place: stumain 3rd Place: Ginger-Beard90 Steam Hunter Series There's just 1 point in it at the top of the Hunter Series! Vert's win in week 3 puts them just a point behind SimulatorDaz at the top. Stoner.M is sat in third place also within reaching distance of the leaders so we're in for an intense finish in the final week. Week Winner: vert Season leader: SimulatorDaz Season 2nd place: vert Season 3rd place: Stoner.M Carp Series Fairy 9 y.o maintains their 100% record for the Carp Series this month with another win in week 3. Can they cap it off with another win this week? Vert is behind them in second after moving ahead of Stoner.M who now sits in third.They have a tough task on their hands to catch the leader. Week Winner: fairy 9 y.o Season leader: fairy 9 y.o Season 2nd place: vert Season 3rd place: Stoner.M Coarse Series It was a second win in a row for fairy 9 y.o in the Coarse Series. The win not quite enough to put them in the top 3. ActionMosez moves clear at the top of the leaderboards which drops ver in to second. As a result of this, Stoner.M is now in third in the standings. Week winner: fairy 9 y.o Season leader: ActionMosez Season 2nd place: vert Season 3rd place: Stoner.M Predator Series Skorgey was our winner in the Predator Series for week 3. A result that brings them closer to the top 3. The top of the standings is unchanged this week with fairy 9 y.o, vert and Titch retaining their positions. Week winner: Skorgey Season leader: fairy 9 y.o Season 2nd place: vert Season 3rd place: Titch Angler of the Month Leaderboard In the Angler of the Month leaderboard we see fairy 9 y.o and vert both hold on to their positions in first and second. ActionMosez has pushed in to the top 3, right in time for a charge in the final week. **Leader: fairy 9 y.o ** 2nd Place: vert 3rd Place: ActionMosez
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The Catch Online Leagues - July Week 3
Hey everyone! It's time for your weekly dose of tournament goodness. We'll be starting up with a look at the current leaderboards before letting you know where you're fishing this week and what for. Xbox One Hunter Series In what was the first week of the season in the Hunter Series on Xbox, WicksySPY442 came out with the win catching the biggest bag of ferox trout. RestingCarp6394 finished second and perex62 managed a third place finish. Week winner: WicksySPY442 Second place: RestingCarp6394 Third place: perex62 Carp Series Rotterdam played host to the Carp Series last week and iiFiSHFinger (great name btw) took the victory. Second place went to HAIRY Rz followed by FutureSpace1685 in third. Week winner: iiFiSHFinger Second place: HAIRY Rz Third place: FutureSpace1685 Coarse Series It was another win for iiFiSHFinger as took the top spot in the Coarse Series at Pearl Lake. Familiar faces MOHAMMED CURAY and ScoobyHaze420 rounded out the top 3 coming home in second and third respectively. Week winner: iiFiSHFinger Second place: MOHAMMED CURAY Third place: ScoobyHaze420 Predator Series In the Predator Series we travelled to the formidable River Ebro and our winner here was II T0PD0LLAR II. Yeoman40 was the second place finisher and Perex62 was third. Week winner: II T0PD0LLAR II Second place: Yeoman40 Third place: perex62 Angler of the Month Leaderboard Following two victories in last week's tournaments, iiFiSHFinger is currently sitting top of the Angler of the Month leaderboard. Strong results from WicksySPY442 and II T0PD0LLAR II have put them in the top three. Leader: iiFiSHFinger Second Place: WicksySPY442 Third Place: II T0PD0LLAR II PlayStation 4 Hunter Series The week 2 victory in the Hunter Series was taken by legrandchef helping them to gain ground on the top three. JOE9074 moves up in to the lead of the season leaderboard with Lepecheur_59 and brubeck for company in teh top three. Week Winner: legrandchef Season leader: JOE9074 Season 2nd place: Lepecheur_59 Season 3rd place: brubeck Carp Series LcaPdu59 was the winner in the Carp Series in week 2, closing the gap to those at the top. We see bobcin move up in to first place in the season standings and is now joined by Johnnij87 and MASHEAD7. Week Winner: LcaPdu59 Season leader: bobcin3 Season 2nd place: Johnnij87 Season 3rd place: MASHEAD7 Coarse Series A strong showing from stumain gave him the win in the Coarse Series and sees him jump up in to first place in the leaderboard. Johnnij87 has moved up to sit in second and has MrLow-Rider behind him in third. Week winner: stumain Season leader: stumain Season 2nd place: Johnnij87 Season 3rd place: MrLow-Rider Predator Series Bobcin3 is now our leader in the Predator Series following a win in week 2. He has now been joined in the top three by cous-34 and stumain. Week winner: bobcin3 Season leader: bobcin3 Season 2nd place: cous-34 Season 3rd place: stumain Angler of the Month Leaderboard In the Angler of the Month leaderboard we see both bobcin3 and cous-34 move up a space, they now sit in first and second. Stumain has joined them in the top three and will be looking to close in on them in the remaining weeks of the season. Leader: bobcin3 2nd Place: cous-34 3rd Place: stumain Steam Hunter Series A win for Pittie in week 2 of the Hunter Series isn't quite enough to bring them in to the top three but they'll be looking to build on that this week. SimulatorDaz holds on to his lead at the top with Kavasims slotting in to second place. Djpablo73 remains in third place. Week Winner: Pittie Season leader: SimulatorDaz Season 2nd place: Kavasims Season 3rd place: djpablo73 Carp Series Fairy 9 y.o made it two wins from two in the Carp Series to extend their lead at the top of the leaderboard. Stoner.M has jumped up in to second place, dropping vert down in to third. Week Winner: fairy 9 y.o Season leader: fairy 9 y.o Season 2nd place: Stoner.M Season 3rd place: vert Coarse Series The win in week 2 was shared between fairy 9 y.o and vert in the Coarse Series. That win moves vert up to joint first in the season standings with ActionMosez. Stoner.M has put himself up in to second and is followed by sly54nancy. Week winner: fairy 9 y.o/vert Season leader: ActionMosez/vert Season 2nd place: Stoner.M Season 3rd place: sly54nancy Predator Series It was a third win of the week for fairy 9 y.o in the Predator Series. It was their second of the month in the series and extends their lead at the top. Vert holds on to second place and Titch has joined them in the top three. Week winner: fairy 9 y.o Season leader: fairy 9 y.o Season 2nd place: vert Season 3rd place: Titch Angler of the Month Leaderboard It's no surprise to see fairy 9 y.o take the lead in the Angler of the Month standings after three wins this week. Vert has dropped down in to second place overall and we see Stoner.M join the top three in third position. Leader: fairy 9 y.o 2nd Place: vert 3rd Place: Stoner.M That's how we stand following the round of tournaments in week 2. Now we look ahead to week 3 and where you'll be fishing as well as what you'll be trying to catch. Hunter Series: Hunt down those zander as you head out to Rotterdam in the Hunter Series. It's a clear night for this tournament. Carp Series: Take a trip to paradise in the Carp Series at Pearl Lake. You'll be looking to catch the highest total weight of bighead, Siamese and Julien golden carp this week. The weather will be dynamic for this sunset tournament. Coarse Series: The River Ebro is calling in the Coarse Series. Everything counts here as you'll be fishing at sunset with light clouds. Predator Series: Clear skies overhead and a glorious sunset are in store for the predator series at Oxlease this week.
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Get to know Rob Hughes
Rob Hughes is one of the leading carp anglers in England and you can pit your wits against him when competing in single player events in The Catch: Carp & Coarse. Who is Rob and how did he build a career in which he has represented England at world championship and How did you get into carp fishing? It would be the late 80s when I properly became a carp angler. I’d chased them before that with varying degree of success but the bivvy and bed chair arrived around 1988. What’s your earliest fishing memory? Standing in the water in my wellies at Middleton Pool near Oswestry in Shropshire trying to catch gudgeon...and not let the water go over the top of said wellies. Are you an out and out carp angler or any other styles you love? I’m primarily a carp angler but my TV series takes me to all sorts of places to fish for all sorts of things. I love small rivers and also light lure fishing for perch and LRF fishing in the sea. What is your favourite thing about fishing? It’s so wide and varied, both in what you can do and what you get from it. I love competing internationally for my country, it’s a real buzz, but equally I love the solitude and adventure of wild waters...Man v fish. What’s your most memorable catch/what is your personal best? Catching the most sought after carp in the world at the time, a fish called Bernadette at 63lbs (29kg), from the Mecca of carp fishing, Lac de St Cassien in France is my most memorable individual capture, but becoming World Champion takes a lot of beating, then being appointed England Manager and steering the national team to it’s first Team World Championships title will be my angling highlight. At what point did you realise you could make angling your career? After Simon Crow and I won the World Cup in 1996 the offers started to come in to make a career of the sport, and in 1999 I took the plunge having finished my legal studies and qualified as a lawyer. What’s your number 1 tip you give to new anglers? Think! About what you do, why you do and how you do it. Don’t overcomplicate things, but do think. Automatic fishing doesn’t get automatic results. What gaming experience do you have? In my teens I used to love it and then life, career and family took over. My son is really into it and I have a dabble now and again. I’m looking forward to playing the son though.
The Catch - a year ago
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