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A few types of "swims" where we're fortunate enough to fish..   The Exeter Canal before first light (Tench blowing everywhere on this morning).. The tidal Exe     First light at Hopes

I'm guessing I was about 14 when this was taken.That would make it 43 years ago. Eek ! Its possible I had hooked the bottom rather than a fish:)   This one was taken at the same spot yesterday a

Moved further down south recently the canal is a 5min walk so after years of barrowing around a ton of carp gear around packed lakes started fishing light. Drop shotting for perch and pre baiting like

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Down here in Coventry trying for my first zander. Had a few perch , this zander and another smaller one so far

Did you catch anymore Zander Neil? That's a fish I've never caught well done decent that atb At

I had another smaller one plus a few perch and my mates had 2 and 1 each aswell . We had never had one before and decided to try the Coventry canal but it was hard going with most of the zander coming from the same spot and then miles covered without even tap . They weren't hard to catch once found but we covered some ground to find them

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Down here in Coventry trying for my first zander. Had a few perch , this zander and another smaller one so far

Did you catch anymore Zander Neil? That's a fish I've never caught well done decent that atb At

I had another smaller one plus a few perch and my mates had 2 and 1 each aswell . We had never had one before and decided to try the Coventry canal but it was hard going with most of the zander coming from the same spot and then miles covered without even tap . They weren't hard to catch once found but we covered some ground to find them

Decent got what you were after, I've tried places that hold them but had no luck I will keep trying though atb At
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Down here in Coventry trying for my first zander. Had a few perch , this zander and another smaller one so far

Did you catch anymore Zander Neil? That's a fish I've never caught well done decent that atb At

I had another smaller one plus a few perch and my mates had 2 and 1 each aswell . We had never had one before and decided to try the Coventry canal but it was hard going with most of the zander coming from the same spot and then miles covered without even tap . They weren't hard to catch once found but we covered some ground to find them

Decent got what you were after, I've tried places that hold them but had no luck I will keep trying though atb At
All the zander came to the pearl coloured z man 2.5inch slim shads with a size 1 - 1/16th oz tt jig head either jigged across the bottom or slow retrieve just off the bottom . post-28253-0-60828800-1498902128_thumb.jpg The bites were not like the bangs you get off pike and perch , they were more like you had reeled in to a bit of soft weed . If I was going again I'd probably go on the grand union on the lure anglers canal club stretch as I was advised on the thread I did last week . I would have gone there this time but the other lads wanted to try the Coventry and oxford canals
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Really enjoying 'traditional' nets of fish. Mixed bags of roach, perch, skimmers and bream....the sort of stuff that summed up my childhood... working men sat on a basket talking about bread crumb and bloodworm, they were my heroes and I feel like I'm reconnecting with it this season. Sorry if that sounds a bit silly.

 

Next stop Lancaster canal and I hope some gudgeon and Tommy ruffe

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Really enjoying 'traditional' nets of fish. Mixed bags of roach, perch, skimmers and bream....the sort of stuff that summed up my childhood... working men sat on a basket talking about bread crumb and bloodworm, they were my heroes and I feel like I'm reconnecting with it this season. Sorry if that sounds a bit silly.

 

Next stop Lancaster canal and I hope some gudgeon and Tommy ruffe

not at all silly i went exactly the same last year ! "back to my roots" ive done the full gamut of fishing through my life but last year due mainly to health (arthritis stopping me wading and walking any appreciable distance ) went back ,aye things have changed a hell of a lot (last time i course fished at all was the early eighties) but last year i did a bit of carp fishing and a bit of mixed course on a new style commercial fishery and got to say thouroughly enjoyed it

 

GO ENJOY :victory:

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Really enjoying 'traditional' nets of fish. Mixed bags of roach, perch, skimmers and bream....the sort of stuff that summed up my childhood... working men sat on a basket talking about bread crumb and bloodworm, they were my heroes and I feel like I'm reconnecting with it this season. Sorry if that sounds a bit silly.

 

Next stop Lancaster canal and I hope some gudgeon and Tommy ruffe

not at all silly i went exactly the same last year ! "back to my roots" ive done the full gamut of fishing through my life but last year due mainly to health (arthritis stopping me wading and walking any appreciable distance ) went back ,aye things have changed a hell of a lot (last time i course fished at all was the early eighties) but last year i did a bit of carp fishing and a bit of mixed course on a new style commercial fishery and got to say thouroughly enjoyed it

 

GO ENJOY :victory:

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I'm surrounded by commercial fisheries....last time I visited most of them they were mill ponds with a fence round, full of wild fish and mystery. Got to admit I can't fish them now....I can't stand the thought of someone netting and stocking them and knowing every fish in there.

 

.....but the canals and ponds are deserted, still with that hint of mystery but with less pressure....I'm loving it!

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