Canal Carping with Andy Loble
I have finally found a place where I am feeling extremely confident to fish with the added bonus of some half decent carp to target and I have not had to break the bank to do it!!! I began my campaign prebaiting a week ago in the hope that I could get patrolling fish to get accustomed to feeding in the area I had chosen to target.
I have not gone crazy on my swim location and it is something I will divulge once I have finished fishing this stretch.
My prebaiting consisted of a large amount of particle including Vitalin, Hinders Maize and Hemp. I had also been introducing a mix of Mad Baits ‘The Force’ and Hinders ‘Snailz’ boilies in varying sizes to get the fish really munching. I don’t see the need of baiting with a specific boilie as long as it is a quality food source I don’t think it matters too much.
With prebaiting done I decided to get down a do my first night session. I only really have time to do night sessions but this is perfect for canal fishing as there is less boat traffic and also less human traffic on the towpath.
I am fishing my 3lb tc Sonik SK4s with Tourno 8000s, a little bit big for the canal towpath but when you hook into a beast they certainly do work their magic. I am positioning the rods parallel to the canal and using extra bank sticks as large snag ears just in case of an aggressive take and especially as I am fishing tight drags.
The fishing has been productive so far. On the first night session I was not expecting too much but was nicely surprised to bank a 21.10lb Mirror at 4.30am.
I then completed a second night this week and had nothing until 5.30am and then had a double take!!! Was a ridiculous fight with both rods but managed to get both fish safely in the net. Two commons of 14lb and 18lb.
I have plans to get out again this weekend and will give more detail to the rigs general setup I am using.
I wish you all the best
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