Top mixed sport on Grand Union

GRAND UNION CANAL, BERKHAM­STED, HERTS

Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -

IF YOU fancy a bit of con­sis­tent canal sport this weekend there are few bet­ter places to try than the Grand Union Canal in the Hert­ford­shire town of Berkham­sted.

A re­cent club match saw plenty of dou­ble-fig­ure nets in­clud­ing some stun­ning perch, chub and skim­mers as well as the usual roach and gud­geon.

The Totem Pole sec­tion of the cut is the renowned stretch. This area of wa­ter­way is well known for its big perch, with a huge head of fish to over 3lb be­ing landed con­sis­tently.

The nar­row­boats by the Crys­tal Palace pub are one of the top hotspots, as the barges tend to hold schoals of sil­ver­fish in­clud­ing roach and skim­mers, and preda­tors fol­low them to feed.

The skim­mers will feed when the wa­ter is coloured, es­pe­cially from the 18m-wide sec­tion fur­ther along at the train sta­tion. You can tar­get them on the pole, wag­gler or feeder us­ing a sweet ground­bait with mag­got, caster or worm on the hook. PRICES: £4 on the bank, Lon­don AA LO­CA­TION: Grand Union Canal, Berkham­sted, Herts, HP4 2BG CON­TACT: Old Town Angling, Hemel Hemp­stead, 01442 252373 RULES: No fires, no ra­dios

The pro­duc­tive Totem Pole stretch of canal.

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