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Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

SUR­ROUNDED by acres of wood­land, rolling hills and flower-rich mead­ows, the Shrop­shire Union Canal at Gold­stone of­fers an an­gling en­vi­ron­ment few other man-made venues can match.

With the coun­try­side still in its sum­mer glory, this peace­ful stretch of the ‘ Shroppy’ is an en­chant­ing place at this time of year, and with some of the best fish­ing to be found any­where on the canal net­work the venue is well worth a look.

De­spite a pro­lific head of big perch, chub, roach, carp, gud­geon, roach, pike and bream, you’ll be sur­prised to hear that few plea­sure an­glers come to fish this stretch, so a peace­ful day’s sport is guar­an­teed.

One of the bet­ter ar­eas to head to is the sec­tion off bridge 53, which is run by Hod­net An­gling Club. The group of­fers day-ticket an­glers no fewer than 120 pegs for the price of a pint of beer, and holds reg­u­lar open matches on the cut.

You can ac­cess the canal by park­ing at the bridge, so there is no need to worry about walk­ing too far to your peg, as can be the case on some UK canal stretches.

One an­gler who loves to

visit this water­way is Pre­ston In­no­va­tions match star Scott Geens. He reck­ons it has bags of po­ten­tial: “I used to fish a lot of matches around this area but the com­pet­i­tive scene seems to have died off a lit­tle, so now plea­sure an­glers have it all to them­selves,” he said.

“There are some crack­ing fish to be had along here – ev­ery­where you visit on this canal just seems to scream fish.”

The ‘cut’ is quite over­grown, but the over­hang­ing branches only serve to pro­vide cover for the fish, and in­ad­ver­tently also cre­ate a fea­ture for the an­gler to tar­get. With a 14m pole or light wag­gler rod these ar­eas can be

reached com­fort­ably.

Al­ter­na­tively, a good day can be had by fish­ing light rigs on a short pole or whip with typ­i­cal canal baits such as worms, mag­gots, casters or bread for a good net of small fish.

How­ever, Scott says that it’s well worth go­ing for big­ger spec­i­mens when you visit: “You could prob­a­bly just sit here all day and catch 7lb-8lb of lit­tle fish fairly eas­ily but it’s worth fish­ing a cou­ple of worm lines down the cen­tral track and across into the cover for the chance of catch­ing some of the big­ger ones,” he added.

With some crack­ing fish­ing, a pleas­ant en­vi­ron­ment and

an in­ex­pen­sive ticket price, the Shroppy at Gold­stone is well worth con­sid­er­ing when choos­ing a venue this week­end.

PRICES: Pub­lic day ticket (bridges 51-55 only) £3 if bought at least one day in ad­vance from the mem­ber­ship/ match sec­re­tary, or £4 (in ad­vance or on the day) from the Wharf Tav­ern in Gold­stone CON­TACT: 07970 181824, www.hod­ne­tan­gling­club.co.uk LO­CA­TION: Shrop­shire Union Canal, West­cott Lane, Soud­ley, Mar­ket Dray­ton, Shrop­shire TF9 2ED RULES: No live­bait­ing, no night fish­ing, no fish over 3lb to be re­tained in keep­nets, no boat­ing

Qual­ity perch and skim­mers for Scott Geens. Worm and caster in dark ground­bait. Don’t fish too fine on this stretch.

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