NEAR-SIDE SHELF

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

CLOS­EST to the towpath, this line gen­er­ally pro­duces well early on be­fore fad­ing com­pletely. Spend some time with a plum­met to find where the wa­ter deep­ens off from the near shelf (nor­mally 3m or 4m out) and fish here from the word go.

Small perch are al­most al­ways found here and on some canals, gud­geon are present in great num­bers too, along with a few sur­prises such as the odd big skim­mer.

To catch the perch, feed chopped worm and caster via a pole cup. Change this to a lit­tle ground­bait hold­ing squatts and pinkies and you’ll also catch any roach, gud­geon and skim­mers in the vicin­ity.

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