Where? Barker’s Lock 70, Derbyshire, DE7 8JS (parking and access) to Shipley Lock 72, NG16 3JE (parking and access at Bridge 23, ask to park on the Bridge Inn, Ilkeston, car park, DE7 8RD). Day tickets £2, on the towpath. Cotmanhay AC membership £16. Tel: Eric Nelson on 07899 882985. What’s being caught? Has been coloured due to rainwater from the River Erewash. Mainly lots of roach and a few skimmer being caught. A few tench of 3 lb starting to feed, and a few perch and pike. Steve Posiak (Long Eaton Fed.) had 120 roach to win Round Two of the Erewash Valley Canal Spring League with 6 lb 1 oz 8 dr. Tony Barker (Shakespeare Superteam/BaitTech) came second with 150 redfins for 5 lb 11 oz 8 dr. Tactics? Pole and bread punch over liquidised bread down the middle at 6 m and across to the far bank for the roach. Casters down the track for a better stamp of redfins. Worm and casters for the tench and perch. Also drop shotting for the perch. Spinning and shop-bought deadbaits for the pike.
Grand Union Canal
Where? Rowington, Warwickshire, CV35 7DH. Members only. Leamington AA membership £38. Tel: 01926 312319 or 07890 467464. What’s being caught? This is 1 ft deeper on the far shelf and down the track compared to the next stretch up, and is fishing really well because of the extra water. There’s been an influx of small roach and some perch and they are thriving. Quite a lot of carp to 15 lb towards the Navigation pub, largest lately 19 lb. Leamington AA match secretary Phil Mattock had six Phil Mattock with his Grand Union Canal catch of bream.
bream, a skimmer and a roach for 17 lb on bread punch and chopped worm in a three-hour morning session.
Tactics? Pole and 4 mm bread punch to the far shelf for the bream. Chopped worm down
Some big chub and a few bream on the noted Cables pegs. Staffordbased Alan Round (Lifestyle
MG) topped a match with a brace of chub weighing 5 lb 9 oz and 4 lb 15 oz on red maggots to win with 10 lb 8 oz from Cables peg 7, despite 50 boats passing through the length! Plenty of roach and gudgeon being caught, too.
Tactics? Pole and red maggots towards the bushes on the pegs around the cables for the chub and bream, chopped worm and casters an inch or two overdepth is also worth a go. Bread punch over liquidised bread for the roach. Squatts and pinkies over groundbait for stacks of gudgeon
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