THE WORST THING ABOUT FISHING (Drop-shotting for urban canal perch) Blog entry 593

I live right on the edge of the West Midlands conurbation; on one side I have open countryside and the other the urban development of Birmingham and the Black Country. I am naturally drawn to the former rather than the latter on many levels, and my fishing reflects this. On occasions though, I do venture east and fish the built-up areas. The canals, in particular, are gems in the man-made environment.

An urban canal in November
An urban canal in November

As in line with most of my spinning and drop-shotting sessions, this week’s were all short. That’s the beauty of this type of fishing, you can fit in outings when time is limited. My first visit to the canal saw the water crystal-clear. I was able to spot everything on the bottom, from natural leaves and twigs to bicycle wheels, tyres and items of clothing. It’s amazing what finds its way into the canal. Not as bad as they used to be, but still sadly seen as dumping grounds by many.

A Black Country canal perch on the bank
A Black Country canal perch on the bank

I really enjoyed myself though and banked perch, as you can see in the video. I also caught in the second session as well, a pike that I spotted, cast to and had on the bank in seconds. Although still very clear, the water had a very slight milky tinge to it. I do wonder sometimes if industrial effluent finds its way into the water. I’m not accusing anyone but from time to time, for no reason, the water does go an odd colour.

The sun rises over the Black Country
The sun rises over the Black Country

I’ve done a lot of perch fishing of late and I’ve even had a ‘complaint’ that I’ve been spending too much time on them! Well they are my favourite species, but above all, as I always stress with my own angling, I fish for whatever I fancy going for at that time. Unless we’re employed by someone, and therefore directed what to target, fishing ultimately has to be about our own personal enjoyment.

A pike caught while drop-shotting
A pike caught while drop-shotting

As to the title of this week’s blog, what is the worst thing about fishing? Well as far as I’m concerned it has to be packing away. Ever since I’ve been a kid I have very rarely wanted to leave the water’s edge and I must have had thousands of ‘last casts’ over the years. And if you’re like me, no doubt you can say a loud ‘Amen’ to that. And finally, I intend to build a comprehensive list of other anglers’ blogs. Check out the link at the head of the page, and above all, send me any that you would like to see included. (Published November 22 2014)