Early ses­sion on a new stretch of the canal

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS - MATTHEW PERRING Deeper Pro Mem­ber

With the on­set of the colder weather, al­though not quite here yet as we seem to be bask­ing in the last rem­nants of the fan­tas­tic sum­mer we have just had. Weather wise my at­ten­tions turn to try­ing to catch some of the glo­ri­ous preda­tors that habi­tat our 2000 miles of canals and rivers here in the UK.The wa­ter­ways vary so much from wide ship­ping canals to the usual small canals, where in the sum­mer there seems to be a never end­ing flow of canal boats. Mainly hol­i­day mak­ers en­joy­ing the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of our stun­ning coun­try­side, and as for the rivers, WOW, ab­so­lutely glo­ri­ous. Flow­ing fast or slow the fish they con­tain is sec­ond to none and to me the cap­ture of a truly wild fish not stocked in our lakes or reser­voirs holds a spe­cial place in my heart.

I’m for­tu­nate to live very close to the Ox­ford canal and the stretches close to me con­tain some fan­tas­tic Perch and Zan­der, but with so many miles to go at to find the con­cen­tra­tions of fish it can mean a lot of walk­ing and an aw­ful lot of time, so any­thing I can learn that will nar­row my chances of find­ing my tar­get fish can be in­valu­able. The Deeper Sonar al­lows me to scan the wa­ter by sonar show­ing depth changes, rem­nants of old dy­ing weedbeds, sunken trees, struc­tures and even con­cen­trated shoals of prey fish un­der the wa­ter. I some­times feel I have a fan­tas­tic edge as it fits into my lure bag and all I need is my mo­bile phone and I’m away. It maps the swims, saves the data and ex­act lo­ca­tion on my phone so if I’m out for a walk I’ll just usu­ally stick it in my pocket take a rod and go out to scan the wa­ter for fu­ture ref­er­ence.This has worked very well for me lately as I’ve man­aged to gather some im­por­tant data and have found some won­der­ful fish. Only last week­end I de­cided to re visit a spot I had found where the deeper had shown a fallen tree un­der­neath the wa­ter, sur­rounded with bait fish and im­ages of larger fish I de­cided it was time I threw in a few lures to see what fish it con­tained. My sec­ond cast was met by an almighty thump re­sult­ing in the rod arch­ing over and the clutch on my reel started to scream as I tried to steer the fish away from what I knew was un­der the wa­ter. Yes the fallen tree. It cer­tainly helps to know what you are fish­ing over and if there’s a chance you may get snagged you can act to avoid this.The re­sult was a stun­ning 3lb 3oz war­rior of a Perch.This was fol­lowed swiftly by its smaller but still very im­pres­sive younger brother at 2lb 3oz. Knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy can be the ideal part­ners and the Deeper Sonar is mak­ing life just that lit­tle bit eas­ier.

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