A canal with a dif­fer­ence – Dar­ren Massey

You don’t ex­pect to find a scenic canal stretch on a com­mer­cial fish­ery, but that’s ex­actly what Tun­nel Barn Farm of­fers, as Dar­ren Massey dis­cov­ered...

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Contents - Words Tony Grig­or­jevs Pho­tog­ra­phy Lloyd Rogers

IF YOU turned up at an un­fa­mil­iar com­mer­cial fish­ery for the first time you could take a good guess at what the wa­ters would look like. There’s ev­ery chance there will be pools dot­ted with reed-lined is­lands, snake lakes and strips of open wa­ter that are dou­ble banked. But there are a grow­ing num­ber of com­plexes that of­fer some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent such as ac­cess to a stretch of canal or river. These nat­u­ral wa­ters barely get any col­umn inches on web­sites due to a gen­eral lack of in­ter­est and they re­main a bit of a mys­tery. While the carp-filled lakes are packed with match and plea­sure an­glers, rivers and canals that may pass through the fish­ery have an al­most ghostly feel, with barely any­one ever both­er­ing to wet a line. War­wick­shire’s Tun­nel Barn Farm is one of the na­tion’s premier com­mer­cial fish­eries with a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­lific sport.

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