Grand Union Canal, Stoke Bruerne

A very productive stretch of canal with more and bigger carp than you'd think

Grand Union Canal, Stoke Bruerne Carp Fishing

Day ticket or syndicate: Day ticket but you probably won't see a bailiff
How much?: £3-£6
How do I get a ticket?: On the bank
How busy is it?: Empty
Can you drive to the swims?: No.
On site facilities: None
Nearest tackle shop: Gilders or Carping Capers, Northampton.
Average size: 8-12lb
Max realistic size: 30lb
Realistic catch rate: 1-3 per session
Best swims: Near moorings, locks and marinas.
Best method: Stalking or surface fishing
Best bait: Mixers, bread or anything white
Ideal fishing range: 0-20 yards
Strange rules you should know: None
Skill level to catch: Beginner/Intermediate
Location: Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire

Stoke Bruerne Carp Fishing, Grand Union Canal

The Grand Union canal around Stoke Bruerne is an ideal venue for those carp anglers looking for a bit of a challenge, somewhere you can travel light, have the whole place to yourself and have a bit of mystery about what is lurking beneath.

Often devoid of anglers, the Grand Union is one of the best stocked venues in the area!

- Danny Chapman

What do I need to know?

Often completely devoid of anglers (especially those after carp) the stretch is littered with features, from moored boats, locks and a small marina up  towards the river Tove area (my favourite).

You also have the famous ‘tunnel’ at the other end.

The majority of the resident carp in this stretch can be found around the central town areas where people feed the ducks and the locals toss food and warm up their boats consistently.

Basic rigs are the order of the day, big hooks and big hard baits to avoid the nuisance species and crayfish.

Fish under your rods tips to avoid needing to cast every two minutes as the stretch is very popular for boats.

A pole cup can really help and back-leads are an essential if you’re looking to spend more than an hour in any spot.

Don’t forget your polaroids, mixers and a travel light.


Don’t go to the Stoke Bruerne Canal without these:


Chappers has been angling since he was five and has spent the last 10-years fishing across the World. Catching carp to 60lb, wild Arapaima to 400lbs, Siamese carp over 200lb, Maekong Catfish to 250lb and 100lb Redtail catfish.

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