AR­EAS TO TAR­GET 2 SLOPES

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

1 IN­SIDE LINE

This area of the swim may be shal­low, but the cover pro­vided by the wall of the tow­path makes it darker, giv­ing fish the con­fi­dence to feed.

If you are vis­it­ing first thing in the morn­ing or at last light then make this your first port of call. Dur­ing day­light hours, when foot­fall is heav­ier on the tow­path, the perch are un­likely to sit so tight to the bank be­cause of the com­mo­tion.

Look for signs of any fry close to the bank and once you find th­ese shoals of tiny fish drop a lure nearby. There is ev­ery chance a big fish will snap it up in no time at all.

A lot of bait that is thrown in by match an­glers at the end of a match comes to rest here and that, in turn, draws in the shoals of sil­ver­fish.

Re­mem­ber, wher­ever there are sil­ver­fish, preda­tory perch won’t be far away!

The slightly deeper wa­ter also means that the perch will hap­pily pa­trol this route at all times, so it is well worth run­ning a lure up and down the slope for a few casts, re­gard­less of what time you get on the bank.

3 BOAT CHAN­NEL

This is bound to be the deep­est part of the swim and will be par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive on cold days, when boat traf­fic is ei­ther light or com­pletely ab­sent.

If you an­tic­i­pate that barges will be on the canal that day, try and get out first thing in the morn­ing – big perch could linger in the chan­nel be­fore the hub­bub be­gins.

The added depth could re­duce vis­i­bil­ity in the wa­ter so it’s best to use a bright lure that can be eas­ily spot­ted by an ea­gle-eyed preda­tor. Spray­ing your lures with pun­gent ad­di­tives is another un­der­rated yet deadly way of mak­ing your lure stand out to your tar­get species.

4 FAR BANK

As on the in­side line, there is bound to be shal­low wa­ter on the far bank. The fact that it is rare for any­one to walk on this side of the canal means the fish are never both­ered and will there­fore sit com­fort­ably in this depth of wa­ter through­out the day.

There’s also a good chance that you’ll find a few fea­tures associated with the far bank, and th­ese will un­doubt­edly be a mag­net for big perch.

Any in­lets where wa­ter flows into the canal are likely to be feast or famine. If it is cold wa­ter run­ning in then th­ese ar­eas are best avoided, but if the wa­ter is warm from a fac­tory or is push­ing a food source into the canal you could have al­most ev­ery big perch in the stretch close to the in­let!

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