Finding fish can be an important ingredient in catching more often and being selective about the size of the fish you want to catch.
Here are our top tips for fish spotting, that will stand you in good stead whether fishing a lake, river or canal.
1. Look for details, not shapes
Most anglers will be looking for a whole fish, which is not always possible on some venues where the water clarity is not so great. A great habit is to look for parts of a fish – the white of their lips, the dorsal line across their back, or the scales on their bodies. If you look for these finer details, the wider picture soon becomes clear.
2. Look for water movement.
You won't always be able to see much, but one thing that usually happens when fish are present is the water moving around them. This often displays itself on the surface – whether it be a bow-wave from a surface cruising fish, tail patterns from a feeding fish, or just gentle movements and whirpool effects as fish turn and move around.
3. Polarised lenses help reduce glare and give you a greater insight into what lies below the surface. You 100% need a pair for fish spotting. There's a big difference between a pair of shades and a proper pair of polarised fishing glasses. We've been selling polarised lenses for a few years now and realise the importance choosing the right lens can make to your fishing. What we wanted to find was a great allrounder, to save taking multiple sets of glasses fishing.
iDefinition provides a specially selected polarised lens design that offers greater perception of the colour green, the colour our eyes are most sensitive to in the visible light spectrum. Green lenses provide better contrast than grey lenses and better color accuracy than brown lenses. Because green lenses favour the transmittance of green light, they provide excellent visual acuity in all light conditions. In short, this makes iDefinition lenses perfect for modern coarse fishing.
4. Wearing a cap whilst fishing also reduces glare. It provides cover for your eyes to home in on what you're looking at. Team some polarised glasses with our new wool-blend Baseball Cap and you have a combination primed for fish spotting, watching floats and quiver tips without straining your eyes.
5. Observation matters.
Once you've found fish, take the time to watch them a little. What are their movements like? Are their patrol routes they are favouring? What level are they in the water column? Are they feeding? Anybody can find a fish, but it takes a true angler to watch them, learn from what they're doing and use it to catch more fish. Observation is arguably more important than location.