Lifelong angler Phil Morton returns in this episode of Urban Fishing, as he visits one of his favourite local venues in search of Huge Bream. As Urban as they come, the Walthamstow reservoirs are a lush, green Oasis right in the middle of North London. Phil spills the secrets he's learned from years of fishing the venue with a masterclass on spodding and rig tactics, but the weather's causing big problems. High winds force the crew off of the main lakes, but Phil gets a lead on some huge barbel living in a pipe system on the nearby Copper Mill river. More determined than ever, Phil heads back to the big lakes the next day for one last shot at the famous Walthamstow monster bream. It doesn't take long for the bite alarm to sound, kicking off one of the best Bream Fishing sessions of Phil's life.
Irwell Pike on Lures
In this instalment of Urban Fishing, expert predator angler Ant Glascoe Jr. is back in his hometown fishing lures on the River Irwell, searching out that big Manchester Pike that eluded him in the last episode. He begins in the grimy centre of Salford, casting beneath the graffiti covered bridges and weirs he fished as a young boy. Ant explains how to stay mobile when fishing lures on these big rivers, constantly moving between structures and pools to locate these wily predators. Once again, drama strikes as Ant’s girlfriend goes into labour in the middle of a promising session. However, once the dust settles, he returns to a beautiful stretch of river two weeks later and finally gets the opportunity he’s been looking for. This episode proves that no matter where you are or what obstacles you face, there’s always a fish to be caught!
Manchester Pike & Perch
In this instalment of Urban Fishing, expert predator angler, Ant Glascoe Jnr shows us some of the great lure fishing to be found in his hometown of Manchester. He starts on a small lake in the middle of a housing estate that he used to fish as a kid and knows to hold some good Pike. As its mid summer and with a fair bit of weed growth, Ant's explains that his preferred tactics are to use are weedless frogs and rats here, skipping them in and out of the lily pads and making plenty of commotion. The Pike soon wake up and he gets some aggressive follows and takes. Disaster strikes that evening as the film crew's car is broken into and Ant loses a huge box of lures so its off to a local tackle shop in the am where the owner kindly lends Ant some more. He heads to Salford Quays and finds some action in the myriad of canals and waterways with some lively Perch on ultra light tackle. This is a great insight into the marvelous fishing available in the city if you're prepared to look.
When we think of fishing we often think of remote, rural locations, but our cities and towns often hide fishing secrets that you'd never dream of, right on our doorsteps. In this pilot episode full-time fireman and Londoner Phil Morton shows us the delights to be found in the Wandle, a chalkstream which flows through the heart of London. Phil shares the tactics and watercraft that he uses to catch a range of species in this special urban waterway.
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