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River Thames
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The River Thames is naturally the main water in London, but many anglers give it a miss as they do not know where to fish it in the capital.
Fishing it from Wandsworth down to Shadwell is very difficult as there are very few spots where you can get access or will not get moved on by the police. You can of course setup on the mud flats at low tide and anglers often do this up near Strand on the Green (by Kew bridge), but you need to keep a careful watch on the rising tides.
Fishing the Thames towards the Thames barrier is more likely to bring catches of eels and flouders due to the brackish water when the tide comes in. The Thames is tidal all the way to Teddington lock, but the higher upstream you go the more likely you are to catch freshwater river fish.
The Thames has produced huge catches of fish over the years and has some really beautiful spots especially around Richmond and Kingston.
River Thames



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Link to Google Map

Getting There:
Depends on where you wish to go, parking is usually a major issue from Chiswick to past the Thames Barrier. Sundays most areas are free, but do check on each street.

Venue Type:

Fish confirmed:
Barbel, Bleak, Bream, Carp - Common, Chub , Dace, Eel, Gudgeon, Perch, Pike, Roach, Rudd, Ruffe, Flounder, Salmon,


Free where it is tidal - Teddinton lock to the sea

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Trotting a float at most of the venues will not really be possible due to the width of the river, there are gentle sloping banks so depth is an issue. Feeder/ledgering will allow you get the baits out to where the fish are and to hold the bottom.
The Thames has many snags in it, so recommended that you use hooks around 12-16 and fished on hook length line about 3-4lb. Naturally if targeting larger or harder fighting species then step up the tackle.

With the Thames being a very large river, baits that give off a good scent will often help attract fish into your swim. Usual baits such as sweetcorn and bread flake will catch Roach and Chub, as will maggots. Boilies and Pellets will work attracting Barbel and the occasional Carp. Meat Baits such such as luncheon meat and steak strips will attract the better chub. Lobworms will attract the Perch and there are plenty of good size ones to be found in the Thames. Usual predator baits work and heavy spinners will allow you get the lure down to where the fish are.

Free from Teddington lock to the sea

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Reviewer: Carpman1 16/06/2010 22:12:38 Overall: 36 /50 ( 72 %)
Always worth a visit

I've fished up near Kingston and around Eel island where it is still tidal. There are some decent Carp in the Thames these days and catching a river Carp is always a fantastic feeling. I really recommend that anyone who thinks they are a good Carp angler, give it a go on the Thames, it will really make you work for that bite but once you get it you will appreciate it all the more.
Quality of fishing: 8/10
Access to venue: 7/10
Pegs: 8/10
Facilities: 6/10
General Cleaniness of Venue: 7/10