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(Above) 23.04
(Below) Red 29.12
tell this was a nice mirror lying in the
net. I got the fish in the weigh sling,
lifted it up, and the needle on the
scales pulled round and registered a
weight of 26lbs.
During the following several weeks,
I regularly caught a fish on each trip,
with a few doubles, three 20lb’ers and
three 21lb’ers, with a mixture of mirrors and commons. The majority of
the fish came to the towpath rod
using the braided rig. The best session was during late August when
fishing in a storm with heavy rain. I
managed to land three fish and lose
one during the night. Even when I
was packing up I could still see signs
of fish as they rummaged for food in
the reeds. Did I want to take a sickie
or what?
I didn’t get out in September at all,
but I got back onto the canal in early
October, when I was hoping for my
regular action to continue. I do like to
use particles in the autumn, and so I
started adding ‘seeds of the gods’,
hemp and crushed tigers to the
boilies I was pre-baiting with again,
like in the spring. The rods were
placed in their usual spots, and I
baited up with a dozen boilies over


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