Hot sport but cold nights
Mannual pilgrimage to France is well underway, and hopefully by the time you read this the net will have been slipped under some big carp.
I have to admit that fishing isn’t all about catching, yet this holiday is one that couldn’t come quick enough, as over the past few weeks I’ve been flat out with one thing and another, mostly fishing related.
I’m hoping that the weather will be slightly better than last
keep on the move to find the best swims. Barbel and chub throughout, with carp and some big roach in the lower, deeper water, where bread after dark works. April, when although I caught a few massive carp, including the Grey Lady at 78 lb 14 oz and another of 56 lb 6 oz, the thing I remember most was just how cold it was at night.
Come the end of the week it had got into my bones, and I was happy to pack up and get some circulation going.
This year I will be more prepared, with the thermals packed just in case the icy nights come early!
are worth targeting.
Tactics? It’s weedy at the moment, and a waggler and maggots fished over the top is best, with feeder scoring once the weed has died back. Plenty of jack pike, with a mid-teen a very big one for the venue, and lures best fished over the weed, saving deadbaits until later in the year.
Grand Union Canal
Where? Heading north of Hunton Bridge, Langleybury, Hertfordshire. The bottom part of a 14-mile section, ending at Tring. Day tickets £5. London AA membership £48. Tel: 0208 520 7477 (office hours).
What’s being caught? There have been a few carp over
20 lb caught, but far fewer than
possible up in the water, with regular loosefeed. Fish on the deck with dead red maggots, chopped worm, corn and casters as the weather cools, for a good mixed bag. For big carp, especially on Hill & Black, a good boilie presentation in a solid PVA bag fished to the islands is productive. Try the near margins on warmer days. Multiple catches of nice perch are possible on drop shot and jig rigs.
£7 one rod; £10 two rods; £13 three rods; concessions £5, £7 and £10 respectively; under-16s £5 and £7. Open all year, from 7.30am until sunset, with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Tel: 01376 323285. Visit: www.fennes-fisheries.co.uk
pegs 30 and 31 are usually productive on Ash Grounds. Ask in the on-site
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