Zuid Willemsvaart Canal, Weert
23 Oct 2016
Today I went to Weert to fish the Zuid Willemsvaart canal for a few hours.
The weather was not the best with a light, but bitterly cold easterly wind blowing across the water, and fog that refused to go away.
Here the water is just 3 metres deep and easy to fish with a top 4.
I am trying out a new elastic today, the Preston Fluoro Slip No. 6. It is made from pure latex and the No. 6 is 1.15 mm - the normal slip is 1.06 mm.
I found that the elastic sticks to the inside of the pole too easily - so it's back to normal slip for me.
The water flows a bit here, so I set up a 3 g rig for holding still, and a 1 g rig for running through.
I made up some groundbait and cupped in 6 soft balls on the 12 m line. It sounds like a lot, but there are many Bream here and I wanted to make sure I had a good bed of bait on the bottom.
I only put some hemp a few casters into the groundbait and started to loose feed a few grains of small hemp and casters every few minutes.
I started on the light rig and after an hour I hadn't had a bite. I was running through or easing the rig at half speed through the swim.
I fed a loose cup of groundbait via the pole cup and stopped for a cup of tea. After the tea I started again on the light rig and had a Roach first run through.
Maybe they were there now. Next run down and I had another Roach, things were looking good. I had four Roach altogether and it was starting to get colder.
There's me sat in a Preston Polo shirt and hooded sweatshirt, it's 1.5°C and I'm getting cold - maybe winter has arrived!
I think next time out the thermals and the DF20 will be in use.
It was getting cold so decided to call it a day with my 4 Roach.
This is a nice bit of the canal and I think I will try it again in a couple of weeks.