Lure Fishing In Manchester City Centre

I've had a couple of short evening sessions lure fishing on the River in the centre of town. Using a small Big S, a vibrax minnow and a small copper mepps spinner, action with perch and chub has been pretty good. No fish of any remarkable size though. Its surprised me that I havent had any takes or follows from Pike, so last night I tried a few hours on the Bridgewater Canal between Old Trafford and Castlefield. Again just small perch and no Pike.
Every time I fish the Bridgie, I get a sense of nostalgia - teenage days idled away with good mates catching little to bugger all.
Off to the Ribble downstream of the TT this evening - hopefully a fish or two will bend the rod.