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Canal Technical Canal Carping
C
anal carping is
almost ignored these
days as the day tickets become a playground for the glory
hunters try to catch
the same fish. The meaning of a large
specimen of true value is truly lost. I
see canal carping as a way back into
the old school days of carp fishing, the
simple and unknown. Never in my life
did I think I would catch a canal 40; it
was one of those moments in my life
I’d never forget. I never set out to
catch it but the more time I spent
looking for carp the more I got to
know about her (Split Tail). She had a
tail the width of a dustbin lid with
pectoral fins a foot long, and her long,
grey body was battered with scars
from years of swimming along an old
canal – a true warrior of the channel.
This is the kind of fish that deserves
the right to be called a specimen; she
wasn’t bred in a fish farm and fed on
pellets all her life but had to search
and eat naturals to survive in a place
that not many can grow in. most of
her brothers and sisters have been
taken away and eaten by poachers. I
was asked by Rob Maylin to write this
article on the technical side of carp
fishing, and I had to think long and
hard about whether I wanted to write
and share the information that I have
collected over my search for the
unknown, as not everyone has the
same views as I have. Canals can be
literally taken apart in months by
anglers taking all kind of fish away to
eat. And yes, this happens in this day
and age. But I thought to myself the
more anglers on the canal that are
just as passionate about the fishing as
I am will not only protect the fish
stock but help the fish grow and be
able to keep an accurate record of the
stocks. I hope the information you
read will help you unlock your local
canal. Be aware it’s not for the fainthearted but well worth the wait.
The first thing I will talk about is
the best time to start your campaign
and how to get the basic information
you will need along with the best
ways to remember the important
information. January is probably the
best time to start preparing for your
season on the canal. I find January
extremely hard fishing, so I tend to
write this month off. Canals are
extremely hard to get to grips with
remembering locations, so it’s well
worth buying a diary to keep notes
and photos in. I would start by looking on old forums to find out the
basics.
Most canals have long history of
diehard carp anglers who spend years
searching for the unknown. These
forums will give you a good idea on
the fish stocks and locations.
Although the information will be old,
it will get you started. Sometimes you
will find the odd photo amongst the
forums. Print these out and stick them
in your diary with the weights written
on the back so you can start to put the
puzzle of the canal together. Facebook is one of the most annoying sites
on the Internet, yet is can be
extremely helpful. Most canals have a
Facebook group here you will find upto-date catch reports. Now if you’re
like me I spend at least five hours a
week in my local tackle shop, which is
another good place to find out more
information. Don’t ignore the match
anglers – their numbers are far
greater than carp anglers, and they
Split Tail from the Basingstoke canal at 40lb 2oz.
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