Michael Flanagan reports from the Royal Canal in the Midlands…
Last week my pal Gordon Davis was down for a few hours, and it was impossible to fish the bigger Lakes with thick Fog. Plan B was put into place and the Royal Canal near Ballinacarrigy produced a lovely pike for Gordon on Mackerel dead bait.
A lot of on going work is taking place on stretches of the Royal Canal from Ballinacarrigy and Mullingar, and some stretches are drained. Plus some useful sigh’s are in place along the banks letting anglers and Canal walkers what sort of wildlife and fish species can be seen and caught. The signs are in English and Irish Language.
While Gordon was in Mullingar he took the opportunity to venture into Wild Total Outdoors, and picked up some larger size Paddle tail Lures, and these will be swimming in the Midland Lakes and rivers quite soon. These Lures are very attractive and can be fished very slowly on spinning gear, searching deep water for big pike. You have to set up your own hook rigs, and I suppose you could play with them in the bath, mind you not after rigging them up with hooks.
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