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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