Canal hotspots up for grabs

Wa­ter­ways with un­tapped po­ten­tial to be made avail­able

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - MARK PECK Se­nior re­porter

A MA­JOR drive is un­der­way to get more an­glers to fish canals by of­fer­ing clubs the chance to take over dozens of un­tapped stretches.

Hun­dreds of miles of water­way are cur­rently without ten­ants, and the Canal & River Trust wants an­gling clubs to take ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion by boost­ing its port­fo­lio of wa­ters.

C&RT Na­tional Fish­eries and An­gling Man­ager, John El­lis, is lead­ing the charge. He be­lieves clubs are miss­ing out on what is some fan­tas­tic fish­ing. He told An­gling Times: “There are lit­er­ally miles of canal which are barely fished but of­fer su­perb sport with a huge va­ri­ety of species.

“We pre­fer to work with clubs rather than just leav­ing stretches to be fished by in­di­vid­ual an­glers – it’s a win win sit­u­a­tion.

“Clubs help us to fight poach­ing and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, while the mem­bers get a great venue to fish at the same time. Clubs who can’t af­ford to rent wa­ters can still en­joy the canals, as most of our stretches are avail­able to book for matches on our Wa­ter­ways Wan­der­ers Scheme for less than the price of a day ticket.

“We want more and more an­glers to dis­cover the magic of fish­ing canals.”

One club to re­cently take ad­van­tage of the push is Lit­tle Bri­tain An­glers. The North West out­fit took over an ex­ten­sive stretch of the Bolton & Bury Canal last year. Speak­ing at the time, club sec­re­tary Eric Owen said: “Our main aim was to bring back fish­ing to as much as the canal as pos­si­ble so that it could be en­joyed by the area’s an­glers. The canal was a some­what for­got­ten venue and we wanted to change that.

“Tak­ing over stretches like this is a great way for clubs to of­fer their mem­bers places to fish other than just your typ­i­cal ponds or stretches of river – you’d be sur­prised what lurks in canals.”

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