SHORT AND SWEET (Stillwater spinning for perch) – Blog entry 569

If you follow my blog on a regular basis (many do, and I really appreciate that) then you will know I did some spinning for perch quite recently. I really enjoyed it and so, with the desire still there, I decided to get back out this week for more of the same. That’s the great thing about my fishing life, I do what I like and where I want. Usually in life, when people adopt that attitude it’s selfish, but not when we’re talking about our own angling plans it isn’t.

Mepps Aglia 1 still in the mouth
Mepps Aglia 1 still in its mouth

And if you do read about my adventures then you’ll know I had a slight accident with my spinning rod during the last blog. Well, I contacted Greys, as I said in the entry, although  I’m yet to hear back. I did get an email saying they’d received mine and would be back, hopefully within three days, but after some weeks with no reply I contacted the Twitter account. Although it has been used, after two weeks they haven’t replied to mine. Finally, I have sent an e-mail to sales  this week, and I’m still waiting. I’ll keep you updated.

I love spinning for perch
I love spinning for perch

As I say in this week’s video, and also as highlighted in the title, the sessions were short ones. In fact, just around the hour mark, and that’s the great thing about spinning. You don’t need loads of preparation time; you arrive, cast out and the moment your lure breaks the surface of the water, you’re fishing. I find it perfect for when I’ve been doing some ‘kitchen-sink’ angling and I want to travel light. One of the benefits of being an all-rounder.

Returning another one back to its watery home
Returning another one back to its watery home

All my outings this week were on the same stillwater. If you fish a lot, like I do, then you need local venues that you can spend some time on. With the cost of petrol, not to mention demand on time, then somewhere on your doorstep that you can head for and be fishing in minutes is essential. Although it’s unfortunate that I don’t have any places in easy walking distance, nevertheless in the car and it’s not that far.

Another perch on the bank
Another perch on the bank

It’s been good this week to have swifts on the lake, it’s one of those venues that has a good number in residence as there is a breeding colony at a nearby church. There has also been a pair of common sandpipers hanging around recently. It’s not unusual to see them on there, but always in migration. It would be nice if a pair did stay and raise a family. In the meantime though I just enjoy them while they’re there. (Published June 7 2014)