YOU CAN NEVER GET TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING (Urban canal spinning & Staffs/Worcs drop-shotting) – Blog entry 590

Perch are my favourite species, and even if you are just a casual visitor to my website, you will realise how much of my time they have taken up recently. And of course I make no apologies for my passion. As the title of this week’s blog states, you can never get too much of a good thing. Variety is the spice of life though, and that’s provided for by the fact I fished with two methods – spinning and drop-shotting.

Urban canals are gems if you look beyond first impressions
Urban canals are gems if you look beyond first impressions

The opening sessions were all on Black Country canals and you can see footage of those in the video. They’re not always pleasant places, in fact from an aesthetic point of view, very rarely are they pleasing to the eye. However, if you look beyond the bad stuff, the canals themselves from a fishing perspective, are gems. When I was a kid they were dumping grounds for rubbish, so it’s great to see them cleaned up and holding populations of fish.

Perch on spinner from the Black Country
Perch on spinner from the Black Country

Although we are now well into autumn, there was still lots of underwater vegetation on the canal system, especially the ‘dead arms’ that are often found leading from the main canal. These originally were water highways to factories, foundries and mines, but now they are left to nature. The passing boat traffic misses them and so consequently they really do go over to nature. I enjoy fishing them very much.

From under a canal bridge, dawn breaks
From under a canal bridge, dawn breaks

When you watch the video the main difference between the Black Country canal and the Staffs/Worcs is the noise. The section that features on the video has a very busy railway running through it and several heavy industrial factories alongside. It is in total contrast to its rural counterpart where the silence is broken only by birds singing. But, as always, look beyond the man-made environment and focus on the fishing.

The best fish of the week, from the Staffs/Worcs
The best fish of the week, from the Staffs/Worcs

Which do I prefer? The answer is, whatever I’m doing at the time! But I did thoroughly enjoy my session on the Staffs/Worcs, certainly as I banked a cracking perch. It was only after I released it that I realised I hadn’t weighed it. Never mind, at least I had caught it and captured it on film. And on the subject of the videos, if there is anything you’d like me to cover, then let me know.

Returning a Black Country canal perch
Returning a Black Country canal perch

I’ve had a few questions put to me recently and have been asked if I could include them in a video. I think that’s a great idea so will be doing that. And don’t worry, there is no such thing as a silly question. Plus I won’t mention you, so there’s no need to feel embarrassed. Remember, we all started somewhere. Plus, it doesn’t matter how much we know now, there is still so much more to learn.

(November 1 2014. My blog is published every Saturday and this is the 590th consecutive week that there has been an entry.)