Those of you waiting in anticipation to find out where the qualifiers will be held for the first ever British Lure Fishing Championships need wait no longer ! BLAC’s head honcho Julian Chidgey has announced the dates and there are some cracking venues !
Qualifier 1- Exeter Ship Canal, Sunday April 6th
The Exeter canal is a lovely water that the Lure Tour team have fished a few times. Normally it’s very clear and later in the year can get quite weedy, but early April should be a perfect time to hunt down a few big perch and pike. The canal regularly turns out 2lb + perch and some monstrous pike including at least two thirties that we have heard of.
LureTour’s Must Have Lure – slow sink 6″ BBZ
Qualifier 2- Kennet and Avon Canal, Froxfield. Sunday 13th April
The K&A is one of our favourite perch venues as it’s rare to spend time there are not manage to bank a few stripeys. What’s more there are some cracking pike in there too. If you’re going to win this match you will have to bank plenty of perch or find a couple of the resident big double figure pike. You can bet the majority of the field will be using various soft shads but if the canal is clear and the weather is bright this is a qualifier when drop-shotting techniques might just prove to be the winning method
LureTour’s Must Have Lure – Savage Gear Soft 4Play Shad
Qualifier 3- Grand Union Canal (Leamington Spa) Sunday 11th May
Oh yes ! the third qualifier is being held on Luretour’s very own home water the Lure Anglers Canal Club Stretch of the Grand Union canal near Leamington Spa. This is a water that is normally fairly murky and catches are dominated by Zander. Having said that there are plenty of nice perch about too and the occasional bonus pike, but we suspect the winner of this qualifier will be the angler that banks the most Zeds. Once again soft shads will be the main lure for most anglers, but it’s worth pointing out that the fishery record zander of 9lb 6oz came out to a drop shotted lure and there are also a few regulars who swear by spinners and crankbaits. This is a venue that you will really benefit from practising on..but don’t forget to buy a day ticket before hand from the Lure Anglers Canal Club as no tickets are sold on the bank and anyone caught poaching will be banned from taking part in the qualifier !
Buy day tickets here – www.lureanglerscanalclub.co.uk
LureTour’s Must Have Lure – Spro Komodo Shad (review to come soon !)
Qualifier 4- River Thames (Oxford) Saturday 5th July
We just love the Thames around Oxford, it has provided us with some spectacular sport and some great memories, so this is one qualifier we are definitely looking forward to ! This is a tough one to call though tactics wise, as there are good stocks of cracking perch to be had, but you can guarantee that some big pike are going to appear too…so do you go all out with big lure for big pike ? or do your hedge your bets and fish a 4″ shad hoping to have a chance to catch perch, pike and maybe a bonus zander ? It’s your call !
LureTour’s Must Have Lure – Salmo Sweeper
Qualifier 5- Regents Canal (London) Saturday 6th September.
This is another of the Lure Anglers Canal Club waters, or at least it will be by the time the qualifier is fished. Set right in the heart of the most famous capital city in the world, this qualifier really is bringing “Street Fishing” to London. The canal here can be very clear at times so finesse tactics may be the order of the day and most anglers will be after the perch. However there are plenty of bonus pike around that might just make the difference. We know of one regular Regents canal lure angler who catches almost all his fish with French style “Plomb Pallete” tactics…never heard of it ? look it up !! Funny thing is, this is a venue we have had good results on using little crank baits so maybe this is an event to keep your softies in the box and fish ‘old-skool’
LureTour’s Must Have Lure – Gloog Hektor crank
Q6- Stainforth and Keadby Canal, Saturday 13th September
Ok we admit it, having never fished this venue, we know a little bit less about it’s potential than some of the other venues. What we do know is that there are some big lumps in there as 20lb + pike are landed every year. However a look at the match catches on the stretch in question also shows that perch feature regularly in the catches, so the pikers might not have it all their own way..it’s gonna take a lot of perch to beat a brace of big doubles though !
LureTour’s Must Have Lure – Savage gear Soft 4 Play
Qualifier 7- Leeds Liverpool Canal Sunday 14th September
Another Northern venue that we haven’t fished (we don’t get out much) this is a canal with a great reputation for producing quality fish. Like any canal the temptation will be to throw out soft shads and bump them along the bottom, but you might just be surprised how effective a topwater can be if you want to tempt one of the big pike to make an appearance…ok, a surface bait probably isn’t going to be the lure that wins the day, but imagine what a god you would look like if you beat the shad boys by getting a monster to erupt on the surface !
LureTour’s Must Have Lure – Daiwa Dead or Alive
Qualifier 8-Ferry Meadows, Peterborough, Sunday 21st September
If you’re nowhere near the Thames and canals really aren’t your thing then this could be the perfect qualifier for you. Ferry Meadows offers 80 acres of stunning, clear, predator infested waters. We suspect it will be Pike that win this match, although there are plenty of perch and even some Zander too. But with a big clear venue like this it often pays to cast just that bit further than the average angler and reach the water that is less pressured, so we reckon this could be the right venue to fish with medium sized jerk baits that cast miles.
LureTour’s Must Have Lure – Salmo Slider
Well that concludes LureTour’s preview of the BLAC Qualifier venues..now what are you waiting for…go sign up to one, two or all of them…we’ll see you there !
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