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Bob Nudd

Martin Hicks Masterclass Day Grand Union Canal

10th April 2014

fantastic canal catch close to 40lbs

fantastic canal catch close to 40lbs

Martin had booked me for the day to improve his skills catching silver fish. For the past 20 years most of his fishing had been on commercial waters for carp. The Globe stretch of the Grand Union Canal near Leighton Buzzard was the chosen venue.

It was a warm morning with a very light westerly wind. Martin started by cupping in a pot of well soaked Van Den Eynde hard feed fishmeal pellets and also a pot of chopped worms, casters and red maggots, with a big piece of worm on the hook. Because there were bites for the first 30 minutes, he switched to single maggot on the hook. From then it was instant as a 2lb bream took the hookbait.

 

Martin with his first fish

Martin with his first fish

Single red maggot was far the best hookbait as a succession of bream and skimmers came to the net. The only fish falling to worm on the hook was a big rudd. It was necessary to keep the fish feeding by topping up with a pot of feed about every 40 minutes.

We left the bank at about 5pm Martin having had a fantastic day catching close to 40lbs.

Bob

Some more pictures:

this perch was close to 2lbs

this perch was close to 2lbs

 13 mtr pole close to the far bank was the method

13 mtr pole close to the far bank was the method

a 3lb bream in perfect condition

a 3lb bream in perfect condition

Yes, it's mine

Yes, it’s mine

Martin admires another quality bream

Martin admires another quality bream

almost in the net

almost in the net

 an unexpected rudd close to 1lb

 an unexpected rudd close to 1lb

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