Is the great canal re­vival purely a lo­calised thing?

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

IT WAS great to see the report that re­vealed the num­ber of an­glers on canals has dou­bled, but I can’t help but think that the Mid­lands and the South are the root cause of this.

I used to live in Lan­cashire, and the fish­ing on the likes of Bridge­wa­ter and Leeds/Liver­pool Canal was dire, to say the least.

News of a dou­ble-fig­ure match net or some­thing as mea­gre as a 2lb bream would be talked about in the tackle shops for days – hardly record­break­ing stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree!

But since I moved down south I have seen a com­pletely dif­fer­ent side to the canals. The stretches of the Grand Union Canal close to my home have pro­duced lots of big fish for me – perch to 2lb 10oz, pike to dou­ble fig­ures and even carp to just un­der 20lb.

Canals like that will def­i­nitely be of in­ter­est to an­glers, and I reckon they are the rea­son this arm of the sport is on the up.

Clive Holden, Mil­ton Keynes

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