An absolute essential for most general canal fishing, the disgorger is the only reliable way to remove the hook safely from a fish that has taken the bait deeper. Easy to use with practice, you simply keep the line tight, slide the little notch down to the hook and push down.
Regular, micro and large disgorgers are all available, with the smaller heads useful for dainty fish and tiny hooks. I usually buy several at a time because I am excellent at losing the damned things. On the bank, tuck yours in a place it can easily be found, such as in your groundbait or behind the ear.
Chesterfield Canal Fishing Photo Gallery
Forceps / Long-nosed Pliers
For big hooks and larger species, especially those with teeth such as pike and zander, forceps or pliers are a must. Opt for quality, purpose-made tools – that set in the garage won’t do, so invest in a dedicated, foot-long pair.
A decent quality landing net is not just a means to an end, but a vital aid in landing the better fish you hook. A lightweight ‘pan’ style net is ideal for small-to-medium-sized fish, in conjunction with a decent length handle.
For the specimen angler, carp or pike demand something larger. To go undergunned is to risk losing a season’s best catch. As a general rule, be optimistic when picking your net; it is much better to have a net which is a little too big than too small. Large triangular specimen nets are ideal for static methods, but are not great for very weedy swims or roving sessions. A generous, solidframed, collapsible net is preferable for roaming the banks in search of bigger fish.
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