Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

BIG fish will be here seek­ing sanc­tu­ary from boats and traf­fic on the towpath.

Look for 12ins-24ins of depth and feed with bet­ter qual­ity fish in mind – roach, perch, bream or even carp.

For the big­ger fish feed 4mm pel­lets and corn, with corn or an ex­pander pel­let on the hook and a rig tak­ing 0.16mm (6lb) line to a 0.14mm ((5lb) hook­link, a size 16 or 14 strong hook and a No12 elas­tic. A dib­ber or bris­tle-topped 4x10 or 4x12 pole float will do nicely.

Fish a few inches overdepth and feed pos­i­tively. Look at this line every now and then – to­wards the end of the ses­sion the swim will get stronger and stronger.

For roach and perch, fish cast­ers and drop in oc­ca­sion­ally with an eye to spend­ing the fi­nal hour fish­ing across. Fish 0.12mm (3lb) main­line to a 0.10mm (2lb) hook­link and a size 18 fine wire hook to a No5 elas­tic with a 4x10 or 4x12 float.

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