CENTRAL BOAT CHANNEL
THE deepest water is found here, but boats ploughing through will disturb the swim and prevent you from fishing it for any amount of time. However, big fish love this deeper water, especially perch, bream and the odd tench.
Target the middle of the channel but fish at a 45-degree angle away from yourself to keep this line separate from others that you’ll have on the go.
Strong tackle will be needed, owing to the bigger fish, so gear up on the pole with a mainline of 0.16mm (around 6lb) to a hook-link of 0.14mm (5lb) and a large size 10 or 12 eyed hook underneath a float taking around 0.5g.
Worms are a super bait for perch, and they love a lob-worm tail presented to just sit on the bottom of the canal. Feed is a mix of roughly chopped worms and casters, and the idea is to feed a pole pot of the mix and then fish this spot until bites stop. Add another pot and repeat, trying to milk the swim for all it’s worth. You may only have half-an-hour of bites or you could catch all day from it.