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canal lure fishing

matts

matts
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Joined: June 20, 2020

Hi all, Ive just started trying a bit of canal lure fishing with my lad and I have to say I though we would have plenty of perch action on small lures with the odd jack pike/ zander but not a nibble. We are using small jigs just a few CM long. We have tried Hanbury, Tibberton with no real joy. Any tips on lures, retrieves or is there just not many perch and pike in the canal these days? the canal had next to no visibility in the water, is that normal?

Thanks,

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Posted on June 21, 2020 at 1:56 PM

stewpar

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Re: canal lure fishing

I don't know much about lure fishing on the worc canal but I do know that it's usually heavily coloured which doesn't help for that type of fishing, try brightly coloured lures might help, perch will take quite a big bait so don't be frightened to step up size, Try something that emits a lot of vibration/rattle.

Posted on June 21, 2020 at 5:44 PM

KenL

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Re: canal lure fishing

It's an activity for the early part of the year before the boats start and when the target fish have already decimated the previous years fry.
We used to fish the pounds in Perry Barr (not BAA) with tiny crankbaits and catch a lot of perch and the occasional pike.
Last year, I fished the canal at Kidderminster with larger soft plastics and caught pike but they were all small, which rather suggests that the poaching that has decimated the pike population on the middle Severn is going on on the canals too.

Posted on June 22, 2020 at 2:56 PM

DaveMarrs

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Re: canal lure fishing

Hello Mate,

I did a fair amount of Lure fishing on the Canals (not BAA) a bit nearer to the Warwick area only a few years ago and had quite a few fish (Zander mainly) for my troubles. Nothing big but I did find that the colour, nor the time of year definitely didn't put them off at all.

Tips I'd offer would be to ensure you have a well balanced outfit, light jigheads in the 1 - 5g range matched to soft plastics between 1 - 3in generally and braid of an appropriately light nature (I used to use 10lb powerpro). I had no trouble using a light wire trace or 23kg fluoro leader either. Please note, I'd only use fluoro on a single jig head, never when using a multi-hook arrangement such as a treble. A light rod to feel the taps is the way to go.

Regarding the fishing itself, I've caught Zeds, Perch and Pike all the year round from the Canal, from Summer through to iced margins, mid-Winter. The key for me was to be mobile and keep moving. Last thing I'd offer, is the need to strike hard at anything unusual in your chosen retrieve. By unusual, this could even be the braid upon entering the water detailing an inch of slack or an unusual tap. Once you find the fish, I'm sure you'll get a few. I like the Canals, using light lurefishing gear is great fun where even mediocre fish feel real good!

Good hunting mate.
Dave

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 9:17 PM

stewpar

stewpar
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Re: canal lure fishing

I'd agree Dave about keeping mobile on the canal being long but not very wide! Surprising too how delicate the takes feel sometimes especially on a slow retrieve.

Posted on July 3, 2020 at 2:31 PM

DaveMarrs

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Re: canal lure fishing

Yeh I'd go with that Stew. For me, when retrieving I tend to find where the 'snags' are pretty quickly in a swim and so any little plucks or taps that occur when I didn't expect weed, get struck hard!

Posted on July 4, 2020 at 10:06 PM

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