How to catch better quality canal fish

Rob Wootton's easy feeding approach will help you set a trap for big canal fish

How to catch better quality canal fish

by Angling Times |

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.

One fish at a time
One fish at a time

A taste for fishmeal

Bream and skimmers love a bit of fishmeal groundbait. I use Dynamite’s new Marine Halibut Sweet Fishmeal mix.

A taste for fishmeal
A taste for fishmeal

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.

Pot it in for accuracy
Pot it in for accuracy

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.

Try redworm halves
Try redworm halves

Keep floats heavy

Deep water and boat traffic demand heavy floats. A 4x14 Malman Dusty, set 2ins overdepth, keeps the bait still.

Keep floats heavy
Keep floats heavy

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.

Land every fish
Land every fish
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