GIVE or take the chance of a late Indian summer, we are definitely approaching autumn, with shorter days and a distinct chill in the air noticeable now.
Much as I’ve loved the magnificent summer that we have been blessed with this year, I really do enjoy fishing in autumn. The extra flow in the rivers makes the fish more catchable, and on stillwaters all species seem to
reported, as well as a few better skimmers. Plenty of perch in the edges, and some pike showing. Tactics? Top four to-hand with maggots for bite-a-chuck action from smaller silver fish. Long pole over groundbait or pole and hemp for the better fish. Openend feeder across to target the bream and skimmers.
South Yorkshire Navigation Canal
Where? A6023 road bridge, Mexborough, South Yorkshire. Day tickets £4. Rotherham & District UAF membership £25. Tel: 01709 583452.
What’s being caught? Roach, perch, skimmers, bream and a few chub. Try the trees by the have a good feed, instinctively knowing that winter is coming.
Another bonus is that the shorter days allow you to fish at dawn or until dark without getting up too early or staying out too late.
Make the most of it now and get out to your local fishery, because it won’t be long before we’ll be getting the thermals and waterproofs out, and the long, hot summer will be just a distant memory.
bridge for a chance of chub, and the pegs by the junction with the Don for the bream. Good bags of smaller fish throughout the length.
Tactics? Long pole with maggots, pinkies and casters over groundbait for mixed bags. Hemp and tares for the best roach sport. Groundbait feeder to target the bream, using chopped worm and casters two thirds to three-quarters across.