Fishing in the big smoke

So I have been living in Manchester for about 4 days, I already LOVE Oasis and the mullet, but I am yet to find a place of my own. So what do you do when your waiting for somewhere to come up and have no place to call your own? Go bloody fishing thats what. So after a bit of research online trying to find a spot to go fishing, I settled upon the Piccadilly Basin right in the city centre, its part of the canal system within Manchester and is absolutely free to fish because of some complicated legal ramblings that I have absolutely zero desire to try to interpret into plain blawdy english that a blawdy regular working stiff, like myself, can understand. Anyways, back to reality, after arriving at the canal the first thing that struck me was how quiet  a stretch of water virtually in the middle of Manchester was, the second thing that struck me was how picturesque the urban cityscapes actually were.


When I left for Manchester I only packed a small selection of my tackle just my lightweight pike fishing outfit so today I would be twitching sprats for pike. This outfit consists of a still little travel rod and a little Mitchell Avocet Reel loaded up with 60lb braid, purely because where I used to do the majority of my spinning was super snaggy and the last thing I want to be doing is leaving lures and spinners tangled up in the flora and fauna.

Classic tactic with an absolutely hench sprat

Classic tactic with an absolutely hench sprat

Luckily for a canal NOOB like myself there was another angler already fishing at the stretch of the water I was interested in. As I watched his live bait get chased around by a perch the same size as the bait fish itself, I was shocked to see how clear the water actually was, especially, if you consider the canal is probably full of  dustbin lids and turds; there must have been at least 3 foot visibility. Seeing that there was actually at least two fish alive in the canal, even if both of these were involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse further downstream my hopes were raised slightly also good visibility is always a bonus when twitching sprats. I half fancied my chances.

Blood Bag

Blood Bag

However, it was not to be I am afraid and all I caught was 3 bin bags which looked strangely bloody (bay harbour canal butcher maybe) and stage one hypothermia. The day wasn’t a total flop though in my eyes as I found a sweet stretch of peaceful canal (even if it is full of turds and carrier bags full of body parts) which is free to fish and actually really really blawdy nice in the centre of an urban sprawl. Oh and also I found this place……. I’m starting to like the north already.


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