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Canal Carping Canal Technical
are not as secret squirrel as most carp
anglers.
So now you have research the canal
from what other people have had to
say. I suggest looking on Google
Maps. You will probably find it hard
seeing the water from the maps, as
the trees seem to cover everywhere
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bar the turning bays and flashes. Still,
this is vital, as most of the fish will be
in these turning bays. I wouldn’t jump
ahead and try to cover all the canal on
your first year. When I first started I
did a five-mile stretch closest to my
house, which gave me more than
enough water to cover. I would write
in your diary the nearest roads to
each turning bay and give each one a
name or number. By doing this you
will be able to keep an accurate
record of fish sightings and catch
reports. I would also look for where I
could park, as some stretches can be
anything up to two miles before the
next road or track. I can tell you from
my own fishing that the warmer
months tend to produce more bites,
as most of the canals are very shady.
This means the water can take longer
to warm up. In turn the carp in the
Basingstoke canal spawn a lot later in
the year. In 2015 the fish spawned in
the second week of July, a week after
I had Split Tail out at 40lb 2oz, and she
was full of spawn. I know this for a
fact, as the week after I fished the
same spot and had a very worn out
35lb 6oz common. She obviously had
just finished releasing her eggs and
(Top) My local tackle shop where the
tales from the canals are recited.
(Below) What a stunner! The big
common at 35lb 6oz.

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