Albert Canal, Genk
Today I went down to see Guido Nullens in his shop in Bree to ask him where I could practice on the Albert Canal for the open match on Sunday.
We were not allowed to fish the match stretch itself so he suggested I drive down to Genk and give the canal a go there.
I had a few maggots, pinkies, casters, worms and some hemp so I was ready for almost anything. I just set up a couple of rigs, one for the chopped worm and one for the punch.
I used a Drennan G-Tip 2 for the chopped worm with a size 16 B520 hook to a 0.11 mm Reflo Power bottom and 0.13 mm main line.
A Drennan Carbo on 0.13 mm main line and a B611 size 18 to a 0.09 mm bottom fished off the punch rig. I use a B611 as opposed to a B511 as there are some big fish to be caught here.
A started on the punch and promptly caught a Goby first put in - not a great start.
After a few more runs through I started to catch a few Roach.
They were not big but the float was going under regularly so I was enjoying the fishing.
The only negative point was the amount of boats and the very strong tow - which made fishing with 2 grams impossible.
After a while I decided to give the chopped worm a try and started to catch Perch fairly quickly.
At the end of the session I have had 1800 grams of mainly Roach and Perch.
It was a good session but was spoilt a bit by the number of boats - the water just never settled down.
Hopefully there will be a few fish on Sunday in the Guido Nullens Open match.