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Canal Carping
quite shallow compared most lakes,
so they don’t upend as much. But like
I say, braided rigs work well for me.
Hooks
Now on to hooks: I like to use ESP’s
Raptor Big T’s in size 6 or 7 or the
Drennan Boilie hook in Size 6 with the
braid material, such as Merlin or
Supernatural mentioned above. I also
like to use the ESP Stiff Rigger in size
5 or 6 with Amnesia or ESP Bristle Filament type material. The Longshank
Nailer or Fox Series 5 type hooks turn
easily, and I find work perfectly with
double bait type rig, be it boilies or
tiger nuts. I feel these hooks are really
for the bigger fish, and I personally
would not use them on a canal with a
large number of smaller fish. I feel a
long hook with a double bait for bigger fish with larger mouths is more
awkward to eject. Hooks are obviously a personal thing, and it would
be best to use what you are confident
in using.
General Tips
Here are some other useful ideas,
which have helped me over the years
to net a few carp…
Lamping – this is where you take a
very powerful torch, and shine it into
to the water from bridges or in the
margins during the night to find the
fish. You can find these quite cheaply
in your local DIY store. Now you need
to have fairly clear water for this to
work, and it doesn’t appear to spook
the fish.
In recent years the Grand Union
has become a lot more coloured during the warmer months with the everincreasing popularity of boating holidays, and so this is not so effective as
it was in the past. But this can still be
effective in the winter months, or any
stretch of canal that has fairly clear
water present.
Raking – grabbing a garden rake
and disturbing the bottom can be a
really great trick at times, getting all
those goodies in the silt up on top.
You can create a feeding spot out of
nothing with this. I have also used
this to get old spots going again. I
wouldn’t advise getting in the canal
with your waders though, the canal
can be deep with silt in places, so
stick to raking from the towpath.
Remember don’t ignore the bland
stretches; they can hold the goodies
that the carp love.
Margins are the obvious choice if
they are deep enough – you would be
surprised how many you would catch
from the towpath margin. As a general rule I fish in depths of 2.5ft or
greater, and some areas I fish have
quite good depths, making it possible
for you to use the whole width of the
canal. Some areas where I have been
fishing more recently have very shallow silty margins, and you only really
have the narrow channel made in the
middle of the canal from the boats to
effectively fish for the bigger canal
carp.
Baiting pole – since Angling Intelligence came out with the 8m and 12m
baiting poles, you can get a nice tight
spot of bait under those overhanging
branches, where the canals are narrow of course. They are also good for
getting your rig and baits close to any
pads or under the overhang from
bushes and trees.
Your local tackle shop will have
details on the clubs who run the fishing rights on your local canals. You
will find they are a lot cheaper than
the majority of carp lakes. Remember
canal fishing can vary widely from
one place to the next. Some will have
lots of small fish, but others will only
have a small number of larger fish and
will be more of a challenge. Good luck
if you give your nearest canal a go. n
A GUC lump at 38lbs 13oz.
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