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Start Drop­shot­ting Pt2 – where to find big perch on your canal

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

DROP shot­ting or light lure fish­ing is a fun and pro­duc­tive win­ter tac­tic when tem­per­a­tures plum­met.

Many species like carp start to go into their win­ter hi­ber­na­tion, so lure fish­ing for species such as perch, pike and zan­der can make a great al­ter­na­tive to strug­gling for bites on your lo­cal com­mer­cial.

This deadly tac­tic, which was orig­i­nally brought to UK an­glers from the United States, has re­sulted in the cap­tures of some of the na­tion’s big­gest perch, pike and zan­der. The other ben­e­fit of drop shot­ting, be­sides be­ing fun and exciting, is that it in­volves quite a bit of walk­ing along canal and river banks. This will help to keep you warm and ac­tive in the cold weather.

In the sec­ond part of our new se­ries on how to start drop shot­ting, this week we look at the ar­eas you need to tar­get to help you get plenty of bites and

catch more fish.


Barges of­fer a

hid­ing place for pike and perch, es­pe­cially on sunny days.

Mari­nas and wharfs are well worth try­ing for this rea­son. Drop your rig as close to the barge as pos­si­ble and twitch the lure. Be care­ful not to up­set boaters, or touch the boats with your lure.


This can be one of the most pro­duc­tive ar­eas on a canal and river, es­pe­cially if there’s plant life such as sunken weed or lily pads.

Perch and pike are of­ten found here. It’s also worth look­ing out for un­der­cut banks, as perch love to sit tight un­der these.


Of­ten the deep­est part of the canal or river, this area should never be over­looked. Pike, perch and zan­der can all be found here es­pe­cially in low flow or clear wa­ter con­di­tions.

Cast two-thirds of the way across and slowly work the lure back to­wards you, mov­ing across the cen­tre of the canal.


Pike and perch of­ten like to sit close to far-bank fea­tures such as rushes, overhanging trees or lily beds, but they will also feed at the bot­tom of the far shelf, es­pe­cially on canals.

This is where food and bait of­ten ends up, be­ing dis­persed by the wash of pass­ing barges.


Built to stop the bank from erod­ing, you can find man­made ‘tins’ on many canals and ur­banised river stretches. They al­ways seem to hold fish, epe­cially perch, tight to them. If they are on your in­side bank, drop your lure down the edge and walk along the bank, twitch­ing your lure par­ral­lel to the tins, and await the bite.


Bridges pro­vide cover for all fish species. Don’t be afraid to fish right un­der­neath them, even on canals, as perch and zan­der in par­tic­u­lar love to hide here.

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Mark Peck with a fine perch from the Grand Union.

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