Regarding the points in the heading, they’re all in the video below, but as far as this particular session was concerned, I was on a local canal for an early morning start.
I fished with the following tackle: Fox Barbel Specialist 11’ quiver tip rod and a Shimano DL2500FA reel.
The reel was loaded with 4lb Maxima Chameleon and this went straight through to a Drennan Super Specialist size 10 hook, which was attached via a blood knot.
A size 6 Dinsmores shot and a 5mm ESP shock bead created the six inch hook-length, with a 1/4 ounce bomb above the bead.
I fished worm and loose fed red maggots. I was near a lock and cast three rod lengths out into the boat channel and open water.
However, as per the video, the fish were caught less than a metre from the bank near the lock itself.