Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

NOT all canals are about light rigs, tiny baits and small fish. Take the ru­ral stretch of cut at Grove Lock, just out­side Leighton Buz­zard in Bed­ford­shire.

This day-ticket stretch is full of big carp and reg­u­lars to this wa­ter­way love noth­ing more than see­ing the elas­tic stream from their pole or their rods hoop over when one of the res­i­dent brutes tries its best to dis­ap­pear off down the track.

De­spite the venue be­ing a com­mer­cial fish­ery in terms of what you can catch, what you will find here that you won’t at your lo­cal carp pool are much lower an­gler num­bers, mean­ing you can en­joy peace and quiet.

Most of the carp av­er­age 9lb-12lb but there are a few 01453 791417 Prices: £4 a day on the bank or £24 a year, Winget Angling Club You won’t find crowded banks on this canal. big­ger lumps to over 20lb too.

In sum­mer many an­glers catch the carp by fish­ing float­ing pel­lets or dog bis­cuits, but a Method feeder cast tight across to the far bank or a fea­ture can be equally ef­fec­tive.

The cut also holds more have been landed with lots of dace, grayling and a few brown­ies also re­ported. It’s an idyl­lic spot where a light, roam­ing ap­proach pro­vide al­most end­less swim pos­si­bil­i­ties. Con­tact: Ring­wood Tackle, SUMMERHAYES Fish­eries has six well main­tained ponds with up to 105 swims. All ponds are well stocked with carp, tench, perch, bream, roach, rudd and chub. The fish­ery has a bait shop, toi­lets and dis­abled pegs. Reg­u­lar matches are held on the com­plex but there are al­ways lakes left aside for plea­sure an­glers. Prices: £7 a day, £5.50 con­ces­sions Con­tact: 07866 557896 Post­code: TA6 6LW Longs Lake: Nets to 80lb show­ing in matches on this peg, which is be­ing placed in the frame reg­u­larly. It’s mainly carp be­ing caught in the mar­gins here. Sel­licks: This is another good peg. One an­gler beat the venue match record with 213lb 3oz fish­ing this peg re­cently. He caught mainly carp to dou­ble fig­ures. typ­i­cal sil­ver­fish and preda­tors, so if you’re a more tra­di­tional an­gler you can also en­joy a good day’s sport. 01425 475155 Prices: £10 a day or £5 con­ces­sions from lo­cal tackle shops, Christchurch AC 01992 462044 Prices: £4 on the bank, Hert­ford AC & Ware AC Joint

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