Manchester Canal Pike Round 2

In between my absolute hectic schedule of doing nothing and eating myself into oblivion, I decided to snatch a few hours on the Manchester Canals around the Piccadilly Basin Area. I would be targeting pike again using up from leftover Sprats from unsuccessful northern pike trip no 1. I popped into the brilliant Go Outdoors shop right next to the canal, I know most people, myself included would right this off as not a proper tackle shop before even trying it, how wrong I was there’s loads of quality gear in there for all types of fishing and Bivvy City was unbelievable I’v never seen so many Bivvies set up in such a confined space before except, of course, at Hordle Fisheries. Anyway its full of good gear, some proper helpful angling staff and loads of outdoorsy bits that people like you and me like to buy to look hard such as survival bags and water purification tabs when in fact the car is loaded up with pot noodles and nice big fluffy pillows.

I would be trying out a few spots right next to the shop itself recommended to me by the staff of Go Outdoors. As twitching sprats had been fairly ineffective and mainly because I just wanted to sit around doing nothing I opted to use a little pike pencil float with about 3-4 foot depth on it, as the canal is fairly shallow throughout, and just whack it in a few different spots. Needless to say I didn’t catch anything but I did find a couple of likely looking spots.


Now then, I have realised that, so far, my fishing adventures in the North have featured less fish than a Polish fishery. One thing I have learnt about fishing on the canals so far is that everyone seems really interesting in how you are getting on? (pretty badly is the norm) and what have you caught? (F**k All typically). I have already met 5 or 6 quality anglers on the bank, most of which weren’t even fishing at the time. Having spoken to these anglers they recommended to join the Salford Friendly Anglers. Coined as the oldest angling club in the world, which takes pride in the work completed by volunteers within the group on the regeneration of the River Irwell. Its free to join and should be a great place for me to meet like minded anglers…… and then steal their secret fishing spots MUWHAHAHAHA.

12-10-2010 11;12;09

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