Q&A How do I catch more on canals?

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THIS au­tumn I plan on fish­ing the Grand Union Canal for the first time. Where should I fish and what baits and rigs will I need?

Glen Cooke, Northamp­ton

CANALS of­fer so many dif­fer­ent types of swim to fish that it can be hard to know where ex­actly to set up camp. Ob­vi­ous far-bank fea­tures hold fish, and these in­clude over­hang­ing trees and bushes or moored barges, but of­ten the most ap­par­ently bar­ren swims can come good and pro­vide you with a mem­o­rable day’s fish­ing.

It’s not al­ways about what you can see on the sur­face, how­ever. Canals have dis­tinct ledges and slopes un­der the wa­ter, typ­i­cally shal­low wa­ter close in and right across that ei­ther slopes grad­u­ally or drops away sharply into the cen­tral boat chan­nel that will hold the max­i­mum depth.

Un­der­stand­ing where these depth changes be­gin and end is the key, as fish use them both to find food and to seek shel­ter.

The main pic­ture (above) shows four typ­i­cal swims on a nar­row canal. There’s a lot of wa­ter to go at, but by fish­ing only three or four ar­eas you’ll be go­ing straight for goal to where the fish are, as op­posed to wast­ing time and fish­ing un­pro­duc­tive spots.

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