The New Junction Canal at Barnby Dun is located in an area which offers miles of excellent canal fishing. For this reason this section is relatively under-fished but is a cracking summer stretch.
Pleasure nets to 20lb are commonplace mainly due to the quality of fish rather than quantity that reside here. Of course a big net of roach is there for anyone who wants it and these often respond to hemp and tares on the pole or waggler at this time of year but for the majority who come here it is about the bigger fish in the shape of chub to 5lb, bream to 6lb and perch to 4.5lb.
The canal is wide here at about 30m but the depth is only around 6-8ft down the middle and a few feet deep on top of either shelf. The nearside shelf is worth targeting for the smaller fish using squatt and pinkie while the far bank can be fished with a maggot or cage feeder with chopped worm for the chub and perch especially if you have a far bank feature like a bush to aim at. The middle of the canal is where the bream hide. Here you can use the pole at around 11-13m feeding around 5 balls of groundbait at the beginning and then fishing caster or worm over the top. You can loose-feed little and often over the top of these to keep bites coming but avoid doing so when the canal tows. A rig of around 1.3 gram with bulk shot will suffice for this style of fishing and this should give you plenty of control. If it is too windy you can fish the groundbait feeder around two thirds of the way across for the same species.
New Junction Canal, Barnby Dun
Prices: £4 on the bank or £20 a year £15 concessions, Doncaster DAA
Contact: Club Secretary Ian Hurst 07946 382882, www.ddaa.co.uk Stainforth Angling Centre 01302 846623
Location: New Junction Canal, Barnby Dun, Doncaster, S Yorks, DN3 1EY
Rules: No livebaiting, no litter or fires,
Facilities: Parking at Barnby Dun