On most canals the possibility of a 50lb net of fish in winter is practically impossible but there is one stretch of the Gloucester Canal where this is currently a reality.
A recent match at Hempstead in Gloucester saw venue regular Andy Pollard recording a net of over 65lb made up of mainly bream from a peg opposite the concrete works. Andy fished brown crumb in an open end feeder with worm and maggot on the hook.
The pegs around the Hempsted Lane Bridge are the best to head to if you’re a pleasure angler looking for a few fish. Pegs 53 – 60 are south of this bridge and are well known for producing big bream and are the deepest at around 16ft and 30m wide. To catch them use a fishmeal based mix in a groundbait feeder and cast it towards the entrance to baxters arm which comes off the canal here. Worm tipped with maggot works well as hookbait.
The pegs above this bridge on the section known as the straight are more traditional in style but are full of smaller bream and skimmers. Some anglers like to fish the pole here in around 12ft of water. Fish it with a rig of around 1.5 grams and either ball it in with groundbait or cup in five or six balls of sweeter mix. There are more roach in here so you don’t need to fish as heavy. If you’re not comfortable on the pole in that depth you can fish either the slider or groundbait feeder.
Location: Gloucester Canal, Sims Lane, Quedgeley, Gloucester, Gloucs, GL2 3NJ
Prices: £4 a day on the bank or £24 a year, Winget Angling Club
Rules: No litter, Carp not to be kept in keepnets
Contact: Gloucester Angling Centre 01452 520074