Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

JUST be­fore the canal be­gins to shal­low up is an area at the base of the ledge or slope, typ­i­cally 11m-12m out on a 14m-wide cut.

Here nat­u­ral food gath­ers and roach, small perch, gud­geon and the odd small skim­mer will feel safe.

Take a pint of squatts (small mag­gots) with you plus a bag of ground­bait.

Set your stall out to fish at the very bot­tom of the ledge, in­tro­duc­ing a cou­ple of balls of ground­bait hold­ing squatts and a lit­tle hemp at the start (a low-feed, dark small-fish mix such as Sen­sas Match Blend is per­fect). Then loose­feed a small pouch of squatts over the top every minute or so.

This con­stant stream of loose­feed will pull in the fish and they’ll then find the ground­bait and set­tle. Rarely will you need to feed any more ground­bait un­less the swim dies to­tally or a boat goes wide and over this line. For rigs, light and fine are the watch­words. A slen­der, fine-bris­tled pole float tak­ing 4x12 shot­ting will do, matched to a fine No3 elas­tic, 0.10mm (2lb) main­line to an 0.08 (1lb 8oz) hook-link and a very fine-wire size 22 hook to fish a sin­gle squatt or per­haps a pinkie as a change bait.

This line should be your main one, and as such you should be fish­ing it for the bulk of the ses­sion.

Reg­u­lar, ac­cu­rate feed­ing is needed on most canals.

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