There’s nothing better than catching a big fish from a canal, be that a bream, tench or perch. Yet too many anglers assume that to get the job done, they need to feed positively and heavily.
In my experience, this is rarely the case. If anything, the opposite applies...
One fish at a time
A morsel of groundbait with chopped worm is enough to let me catch a skimmer or perch before I feed again.
A taste for fishmeal
Bream and skimmers love a bit of fishmeal groundbait. I use Dynamite’s new Marine Halibut Sweet Fishmeal mix.
Pot it in for accuracy
A Middy Grip flex pot loaded with a dozen casters lets me drip the bait right on top of the ball of groundbait.
Try redworm halves
Two redworm halves will bring bites from quality fish, but the bait is small and soft enough to appeal to skimmers too.
Keep floats heavy
Deep water and boat traffic demand heavy floats. A 4x14 Malman Dusty, set 2ins overdepth, keeps the bait still.
Land every fish
A size 14 or 16 hook to 6ins of 0.10mm Middy Lo-Viz is matched to Middy Hi-Viz Solid elastic in the 4 to 6 grade.