Angling Challenges for 2024

I’ve set myself a few goals for this year’s fishing season, some more difficult than others, but all quite challenging.

It’s taken me quite a while to hit upon realistic goals and these are those that I consider to be the best way to spend enjoyable times on my local rivers.

As a reminder, my rivers are the Berounka, Mže, Radbuza, Úhlava and Úslava with the Radbuza being the river I fish the most followed by the Úslava.

The Challenges

So my challenges or goals are based on different species present in all five of Plzeň’s rivers, some more prolific than others but all worth hunting down.

I’ve decided to concentrate on just five main goals with a couple of bonus goals which I will not attempt directly but which would be very welcome.

Main Challenges

These are the 5 goals I’ve set myself for the 2024 season.


Last year I caught a number of Roach from the Radbuza river, they weren’t big but I’m sure there are bigger examples in the stretch I like to fish. My current PB is just 0.5kg which I caught on the river Colne in Iver in the 1970s.

Roach (Rutilus Rutilus) illustration by Jiří Malý
Roach (Rutilus rutilus) by Jiří Malý

This goal is to catch a personal best Roach


Catching Tench from my local rivers is perhaps my biggest challenge. To date I’ve only caught one Tench back in the 1980s, it weighed just 0.5kg.

Tench (Tinca tinca) illustration by Jiří Maly
Tench (Tinca tinca) by Jiří Maly

My goal is to land any Tench.


It’s no big problem to find and catch Chub in the areas I fish and last year I landed many up to 47cm (probably my personal best).

Jelec Tloust Alexander Lydon 1862 Radbuza
Chub (Squalius cephalus) by Alexander Lydon

My goal this year is to catch a Chub of 50cm or more.


Never having fished for nor caught a Barbel, it seems inevitable that this will be one of my goals in 2024. I know they are present in the local rivers and I have a fairly good idea of where to try for them.

Barbel (Barbus barbus) illustration by Jiří Maly
Barbel (Barbus barbus) by Jiří Maly

So this challenge is to land any Barbel.


Although I’ve caught many Perch in the past, none have been what I would call big. Last year, while fishing for Chub, I landed two small Perch and, although neither was a ‘specimen’ they were probably the biggest Perch I’ve caught to date.

Perch (Perca fluviatilis) illustration by Jiří Malý
Perch (Perca fluviatilis) by Jiří Malý

The challenge is to land a Perch of 0.5kg or more.

Challenge Success?

I don’t know if this one counts, for two reasons:

1: The fish was caught accidently and slightly out of season.

2: Because it was out of season I didn’t weigh it – I thought it would be better to pop it back asap – I did take a photo though.

I was fishing for the in-season Roach with sweetcorn and this handsome guy took the bait.

Looking online, some sources say a 12 inch Perch (this one was 30cm) would weigh in at around 1lb.

Did I meet my goal? Maybe. Does an out-of-season fish count? Probably not.

But here he is in all his glory

30cm Radbuza Perch
30cm Radbuza Perch

Bonus Goals

Additional Goals that I probably won’t target separately but which I’m hoping to reach ‘by accident’ while targeting my main goals.

Brook Trout

I’ve never caught a Brook Trout but last year saw them in the Radbuza river. It’s therefore not surprising that the Brook Trout should be on my wish list.

Brook Trout illustration by Jiri Maly
Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) by Jiří Malý

Ruffe / Pope

An unusual one this. As a kid I caught many Ruffe both on the river Thames and in still waters. They were, at the time, more of a nuisance than a prize as, when fishing maggots on small hooks, they would often swallow the hook.

Ruffe Jiri Maly
Ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernua) by Jiří Malý

This year I am not intending to use either maggots or small hooks so, should they take my bait, I’ll have a better chance of setting the hook cleanly.

Challenge Success
Radbuza Ruffe 2024 angling challenge 20240609
Radbuza Ruffe

He may be a little fella, but he’s beautiful. He took a small worm on a size 12 Delphin Bait-holder hook and was nicely hooked in the corner of his mouth.

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