Although I do fish canals all year round, this is the time of the year that they really come into their own as far as I’m concerned. Especially the ones that have heavy boat traffic during the summer months. It’s not just the craft passing through your swim, but also the lock movement that makes angling difficult. And I’m not complaining, far from it. In fact, if not for the boating community, many of our canals wouldn’t exist now.
Compared to the summer, this week saw far less boats, but nevertheless traffic was more than it will be in a couple of month’s time. So I fished late afternoon and early morning sessions. Although my outings weren’t as short as my spinning ones, nevertheless they averaged out at less than two hours. Of course, for this length of time you need local venues. With the cost of petrol you can’t be travelling long distances just to fish a couple of hours.
You can see how I got on by watching the accompanying video at the head of the page. I didn’t catch many fish per session, but I didn’t blank either. I always set my stall out for quality over quantity and so it’s never about how many I can bank, but rather, how big they are. As well as my target species, I also netted a carp and a few bream. And that reminds me, I haven’t done any canal carp fishing this year. Even for someone like me, who fishes a lot, there are still things I never get round to.
I really enjoyed my fishing this week. I guess, as an all-rounder, the freshness of different methods, venues and species always keeps my enthusiasm bubbling away. Not that I ever find myself going stale, but in my case, variety is most definitely the spice of life. And having chub on the menu this week has been great. There was a time when they were my favourite fish, then they fell down the pecking order, but now they’re back in the title-chasing pack again.
I’ve done a fair few sessions over the last couple of winters on the local canal and have banked several fish over 6lb, the best going 6-6-8. If I could better that this winter, that would be fantastic. Will I? I don’t know, but I’ll certainly have fun trying. That’s a fact. In the video I share some thoughts on water temperature and here’s the link to the thermometer I use. In the video you may notice I have taped the sensor connector, this has been done (due to experience with previous thermometers) to strengthen as I found it to be a weak point.
I share water temperatures and general conditions on my Facebook angling page, so if you’re on that social media then make sure you give the page a like. Even if you’re not in the area I fish, it still gives a general trend for elsewhere in the UK. There are many factors that affect our fishing, and especially in the colder months, I put water temperature (and in particular, the trend) up there at the top of the pile. And by trend, I mean the direction in which it’s moving i.e. rising or falling. (Published November 8 2014)