Club’s canal stock shock
FEW anglers fish Newport AA’s stretch of the Monmouthshire Canal, but a recent near disaster on the High Cross section has shown just what potential sport they have been missing.
A breach in the 14-Locks Pound caused water to drop to a critically low level and revealed the large number of fish present, which were saved by a netting operation, led by Natural Resources Wales, aided by Newport City Council and the angling club.
Over 15,000 roach, carp, bream and rudd were moved to a nearby section, with more, including some big fish, to be re-housed before work takes place to repair the leak.
The few towpath regulars often reported good catches. Maybe now they know what’s in the 200-year-old waterway, more members will give their neglected club water a try.
bream, tench and roach from the middle lake.
Tactics? Fly fish for the middle lake carp, where corn and meat have also taken fish to 14 lb. Float fish maggots, corn or pellets for small fish on the bottom lake.