New canal ‘fish­ing’ boom!

Anglers Mail - - Front Page -

AN­GLERS may be thin on the ground on the canal tow­paths of Wales, but in their place there is an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple with han­d­lines and wooden poles en­joy­ing a sport that could over­take fish­ing.

In­stead of hooks at the end of the lines, they have pow­er­ful mag­nets, and they are fish­ing for the scrap metal in var­i­ous forms that seems to be abun­dant and fairly prof­itable.

Be­fore you swap your size 20 hooks for mag­nets and try to re­coup the cost of 16 me­tres of car­bon by us­ing it for metal de­tect­ing, be aware that there are dan­gers.

The ‘hip flask’ that a mag­net fisher was un­lucky enough to ‘catch’ in the Trevor Basin on the Llan­gollen Canal turned out to be a WW2 mor­tar, and trig­gered a ma­jor se­cu­rity alert in­volv­ing the bomb dis­posal unit!

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