Jean-Baptiste with his 45lb mirror. Jean-Baptiste with his 45lb mirror.

Hours of prep on the cut rewarded by towpath whopper!

Canals are an often overlooked venue for big carp, but the capture of this impressive 45lb 2oz mirror shows that there can be huge rewards in targeting them.

Captured by French angler Jean-Baptiste Morel from a canal in northern France, the huge fish was result of hours of  walking the tow paths locating fish. With the best spots found and primed with boilies, Jean-Baptiste employed basic tactics, including a strong and super sharp Fox size 6 Arma Point LS hook to a 25lb Cortex hooklink placed in the margins.

Early in the morning a run and a solid weight on the end of his lined singled the Frenchman had hooked something substantial. But it wasn’t ling before Jean-Baptiste had the upper-hand and the near 50lb canal specimen was on the mat and held up for the cameras.

JB beat his fish using a 10foot Fox Horizon rod, the perfect length for the close work of canal fishing and keeping your tips out the way of passing barges, but he is adamant the key to catching the canals – either on the continent or in the UK – is putting the time in to locate the fish.