Michael Flanagan reports on how angling is going on the Royal Canal:
I did mention last week that we would give readers an insight into what’s happening along the banks of the Royal Canal. Its a fantastic bank for anglers when the weather turns nasty, and if you do a little bit of home work you will be surprised what fish will come on line. Now I know some of my former teachers will be reading this weeks Angling Focus, and they will be saying pity I did not do my homework at school. Ah well no one is perfect.
The Royal Canal is some stretch of water stretching from Dublin right across the Leinster area into Longford. It’s an angler’s paradise with a huge variety of fish species to be banked. Now that our lake and Rivers are next to impossible to fish with floodwater, the canal is producing some super winter pike fishing. Last week I spent a few days walking many stretches of the Royal Canal here in the greater Mullingar area, and the number of fish moving through the system is mind blowing.
Naturally the predator fish are on the move and I had pike into the magical double fixures. All you really need is some lightweight spinning gear, a few small dead baits, which can be purchased here in our Angling Centers. A lot of work has being done along the banks of the Royal Canal and access to most stretches is excellent. Its not all about pike fishing on the Royal Canal and over the Christmas break, and early into the new year we hope to target some other species of fish, drifting through the town stretch of the canal. The Royal Canal was a Mecca some years back for visiting English Match anglers, and hopefully we will see visiting, and local anglers back on the banks of the Royal Canal in 2016.
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