Hot sport but cold nights

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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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