Get ahead in the clouds
MORE and more pole manufacturers are including white or cloudcoloured top kits in their range of accessories, as they really do help to disguise the pole sections when fishing in either shallow or clear water.
If you pole fish canals, they are brilliant, and especially at this time of year, when the colour starts to drop out of the water. Anything that will help you to avoid spooking fish has got to be a good idea, and these definitely do help.
While they are relatively new as an off-the-shelf product, there is certainly nothing new about the concept, and in years gone by anglers have disguised their poles by spraying them with grey or white paint. Where? Ringwood Fishery, Dorset, BH24 2AG. Day tickets £10 adults. Christchurch AC membership £12.50 per month. Tel: 01202 480009.
The late, great Somerset expert and former Mail man Pete Hodge was extolling the virtues of his white pole sections on the Taunton and Bridgwater Canal long before any manufacturer decided to sell them that way.
People used to laugh at
Pete’s white pole sections, but he had the last laugh as he would outfish most on the cut, especially when it came to tempting big fish in the shallow, gin-clear canal.
So my advice is if you fish a cut, get yourself some of these cloud or sky kits, or why not get crafty and save a few bob by spraying your existing tops? The best anglers know how well it works, so why allow them to catch all the fish this winter? What’s being caught?
Plenty of specimen barbel and chub as well as quality roach, dace, pike and perch. Always a chance of grayling, too. Tactics? A pellet and PVA bag rig for the barbel. Trotting maggots and casters for bites from the smaller species.
Wool and Wool Manor, Dorset. Members only. Dorchester & District AS part-year memberships currently £35.
Tel: 07816 175579.
What’s being caught?
Good section for grayling to 3 lb-plus and dace.
Tactics? Trotting with top-and-bottom floats with maggots for the dace or corn for the grayling.
Where? Hankridge To M5, Hankridge Farm, Riverside Business Park, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2LR. Free fishing. Tel: 01823 282518. What’s being caught? Narrow section where chub are the target, backed by roach, dace and trout. Good bags possible at this time of year.
Tactics? Stick float or waggler and maggots trotted through most productive. What’s being caught?
Roach and perch in double-figure bags, bonus bream of 3-5 lb and the chance of several fish if you get on them.
Tactics? Pole and maggots over crumb, or crumb feeder with red maggots.
Kennet and Avon Canal