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Bag­ging up on roach on the £5-a-day Coven­try Canal

IT’S no se­cret that the na­tion’s canals are home to plenty of qual­ity fish – but get­ting through to them can pose a few prob­lems along the way.

With vast swathes of small roach and perch ready to at­tack a hook­bait the sec­ond it breaks the sur­face, it’s of­ten a case of wad­ing through the tid­dlers be­fore you can bank some­thing more mem­o­rable.

But there are a few hid­den gems where al­most ev­ery fish is more than up to scratch. The Coven­try Canal in the city cen­tre is one such place, and it doesn’t take many roach and bream to put to­gether a 15lb bag.

QUAL­ITY SIL­VERS

The redfins range from a cou­ple of ounces to over 1lb, with stacks of skim­mers from 8oz to 3lb thrown into the mix.

Bait-Tech and Shake­speare’s Dar­ren Massey has put in dozens of ses­sions this year on other wa­ters where speed fish­ing for small roach is the name of the game, and reck­ons this is the per­fect place to break the mould. “There aren’t many canals where dou­ble fig­ures are pretty much guar­an­teed, but I’d say this is one of them,” ex­plained Dar­ren.

“The beauty of it is that the fish aren’t packed into just a few pegs, and you can catch big roach and skim­mers through­out.”

Ac­cess to the tow­path is good, with plenty of streets of­fer­ing park­ing within a short walk of the canal. And if you’re low on bait, or need a top-up of ter­mi­nal tackle, then one of the best tackle shops in the coun­try is nearby – WHLane & Sons is less than two miles away.

TWO-LINE AT­TACK

Given the choice, Dar­ren will al­ways se­lect a peg with a bit of width, as the fish tend to set­tle bet­ter in such ar­eas.

Ground­bait is fed on a line di­rectly in front of the peg, around three-quar­ters of the way across, with mag­gots, cast­ers and a pinch of chopped worm go­ing in at the same dis­tance but to the left of the float.

Sin­gle mag­got or caster hook­baits are all that are needed be­cause of the lack of small fish, and al­most ev­ery time the float dips the land­ing net will be

called into play.

In just four hours Dar­ren amassed over 15lb, with the fish av­er­ag­ing 4oz to 6oz.

Don’t be fooled into think­ing pole fish­ing on canals is only for tid­dlers – get to the Coven­try Canal and get your elas­tic stretched! PRICES: £5 a day or £25 a sea­son in ad­vance from Tusses An­gling CON­TACT: Call Tusses An­gling on 024 7636 5635 or visit www. tuss­esan­gling.co.uk POST­CODE: En­ter CV6 5AY for Shor­tridge Drive, where street park­ing is avail­able close to the canal bank

Dar­ren Massey nets a Coven­try Canal skim­mer.

Dar­ren had over 15lb of sil­vers in just four hours.

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