Top mixed sport on Grand Union
GRAND UNION CANAL, BERKHAMSTED, HERTS
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.