BRITAIN’S canals may have fallen from favour with many anglers down the years, but for lure fishing fans in search of lots of bites they’re a superb resource, and packed with potential.
Unlike many modern styles of fishing that require a mountain of tackle and expensive day tickets, light lure angling is supremely cheap and accessible.
Everyone has a canal within easy striking distance, and most require just a low-cost day or season permit to open up many miles of brilliant sport targeting perch, zander and pike.
Here's how I fish them...
Perch are ‘structure addicts’, so target any bridges, canal boats, weedbeds or overhanging trees/bushes.
You can carry everything you need on your back. Keep moving – half-a-dozen casts in each swim will be ample.
Take a selection
Carry different lures sizes and colours, plus jig heads. Some work better than others in certain water conditions.
Don’t ignore margins
The biggest fish can often be found directly under your feet, especially in coloured water, so always start there.
Small is best
5cm-long lures that mimic fry are great for perch and zander. With jig heads, use 1g of weight for every foot of water.
Use balanced tackle
A 2000-sized reel with 10lb braid matches perfectly with a 6ft-7ft lightweight rod with a casting rating of under 10g.