The fish of the Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads is a vast collection of manmade lakes and rivers that are a haven for various types of plant life, wild life and marine life. The Norfolk Broads are a popular tourist attraction that entices sailors and anglers alike to Norfolk.

With its many different types and species of fish, the Norfolk Broads is a mecca for all freshwater anglers and many fisherman travel to the Norfolk Broads year on year in order to hook a few fish. So, what sort of fish can you expect to find in the Norfolk Broads? Read on to find out…..

Roach. Roach are small silver fish that are plentiful in the Norfolk Broads. If you are going to catch any fish out of the Broads the roach is likely to be the number one culprit. Roach live and feed in large shoals, so if you catch one there chances are you are going to catch several more. The best way to catch roach out of the Norfolk Broads is to use light tackle, small hooks, small bait and float fish. Maggots and small pieces of bread are the best baits to catch roach so make sure you stock up on these.

Perch. Perch are another fish that are plentiful in the Broads. Perch are predatory fish that will eat other fish although it is only the largest perch that are big enough to devour other fish. Small perch are very greedy and easy to catch and you will often find them shoaled up with the roach. The best way of catching perch is to use light tackle, small hooks, small bait and a float. The best bait for perch is worms, although they will also take a maggot. If you want to catch large perch the best method is to use a sinker and ledger a large lob worm or lure fish with the smallest spinner you can find.

Bream. Bream are another shoal fish that are present in the Broads. Bream are bottom feeders and a large shoal of Bream will eat anything and everything in its path. If you catch one bream there will be several more so put in a load of ground bait as soon as you can. The best way to catch bream is to fish some grain or sweet corn on the water’s bottom. Bream will eat maggots and worms but if you use these small baits they are likely to get snapped up by a small greedy roach or perch before the bream has a chance to find the bait. Bream have big mouths so don’t be afraid to use big hooks and big baits. Bream can grow quite large so don’t fish too light or you may well suffer a few breakages.

Eels. I dislike catching eels but there are many anglers who do like fishing for these slippery critters. There are loads of eels in the Broads and catching them is dead simple. Simply ledger a large worm on a large hook during the hours of darkness and you will be pulling them in left, right and centre. For their size, eels put up a heck of a fight and will put a good bend in the rod.

Pike. The Broads is also full of northern pike, which is a powerful predator and often referred to as the freshwater shark. Pike can grow exceptionally large so make sure you use some heavy tackle. The best ways of to catch a Broads pike is to lure fish, use dead bait or use live bait. In order to increase your chances of catching a Broads pike you need to read up on the pike and find out where it lives, how it feeds and how it breeds.

There are other species of fish in the Broads, including ruffe, minnows, gudgeon and hybrids, although these are fish that anglers don’t tend to target.