KILLING TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE (River Severn/ stillwater spinning for PERCH) – Blog entry 584

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Killing two birds with one stone is a familiar saying here in the UK, but firstly I’d perhaps better explain it for anyone reading this outside of our shores. After all, looking at the nation visitor stats for my blog, I get numerous people every day popping in from the four corners of the globe.

Fishing the Severn on the way to TNS
Fishing the Severn on the way to TNS

In fact people from more than 100 countries have visited the site just in the last quarter. Angling may be very different in terms of what various cultures practice, but it is truly a universal language. And on the subject of different nations, my blog this week carries a rather loose international theme. Well, England and Wales to be precise and you can find out exactly why by watching the video.

One on the bank complete with spinner
One on the bank complete with spinner

And that’s where the killing of the two birds with one stone comes in, it’s a way of saying that you take advantage of a situation to do something else as well. In this case, football opens the door to some fishing opportunities. In the first outing I didn’t catch a perch, but I did bank three small pike. And a week later I was back for more of the same, as a return visit to TNS saw me spinning on a pit that was on the way.

Returning a small Severn pike
Returning a small Severn pike

This time the visit to the football stadium had an extra attraction to it as I was in on the newly-launched TNS radio station that will be on during games. I really enjoyed it and have been asked to continue, so looking forward to that. During the Rhyl FC game I interviewed the TNS Chairman a few times, and on occasion even managed to get angling into it. I post on my Twitter and Facebook account when a game is due, so why not tweet me during a match and I’ll read your message out!

Posing with a stillwater perch
Posing with a stillwater perch

Anyway, back to the fishing and apart from the couple of sessions I got in on the way to the game, I also managed a few outings on a local lake. They were all very short, no more than an hour. But nevertheless fairly productive and definitely enjoyable. And as with anything in life, if you enjoy it, you’re there. In fact, developing that a little, get yourself a job that you really like and you’ll never do a day’s work in your life again.

Another one in the net with spinner
Another one in the net with spinner

And talking of enjoyment, after three consecutive blogs spinning for perch it’s time to move on. Not that I’ve become tired of the method or the species, far from it. Just that I fancy doing something else. So next Saturday’s entry features carp. I’ve already mentioned Facebook and Twitter, why not like / follow if you want to keep up to date with my angling adventures, as I use those regularly.  (Published September 20 2014)