OFFICIAL – ANGLING IS GOOD FOR YOU! (Black Country canal chub) – Blog entry 594

As anglers we don’t need to be told that fishing is good for us, we know that already – and in the accompanying video that is confirmed! And as is often said, you can’t have too much of a good thing, so on that basis I scheduled a number of canal chub visits into my diary this week. The venue is fairly local and ideal for short sessions, which most of my outings are.

Returning a small chub
Returning a small chub

The opening visit was an afternoon one that spilled over into dark by an hour, which was practical as much as anything, as it enabled the busy Black Country roads to clear. I caught a bream and a couple of decent chub. I show my bait on the opening video clip, hook-bait being 2x M2 boilies. It was a good start to the week, and as I set off the very next day for session two, I was hoping for at least more of the same.

I've been enjoying my canal chub fishing of late
I’ve been enjoying my canal chub fishing of late

My approach was exactly the same for the second session, even down to swim selection. I almost duplicated the catch as well, except I was one chub short this time round. It was a much nicer day though and the mild air temperatures (particularly overnight) ensured that the water reading was still in double-figures. That’s not bad for November, although expect them to tumble pretty quickly once the frosts (if they come) set in.

I had a few bream this week as you can see on the video
I had a few bream this week as you can see on the video

I’ve done a few blog entries in recent weeks that have covered the ‘third-time lucky’ notion that many people have. This time, my third trip to the canal was the opposite as I had a hook-pull on a chub and then nothing else. I expected the swim to go quiet after losing the fish, but it never picked up afterwards. Who knows, maybe on this occasion there really was a pike in my swim! (That’s a common excuse for blanking, by the way, if you wonder what I am referring to)

Another chub on the bank
Another chub on the bank

My final visit was really short, but I ended with a couple of bream and a chub. As we know, longer sessions don’t automatically always deliver the goods. After getting to bed in the early hours of the morning after being at a Welsh Premier league game, and my granddaughter arriving at lunchtime for the weekend, a session lasting less than two hours was enough to end the week with. (Published November 29 2014)