As you can see in the accompanying video, I decided to do some real pioneering in this week’s blog entry. Heading for a stream that is not even a recognised angling venue, I really was up for a challenge. In the visits that I made I only had a couple of very slight enquiries that basically told me something was out there and no more. Of course, there is no such thing as wasted time as far as angling is concerned, so even though I blanked I still enjoyed the visits. You can get my thoughts on the venue in the video.
With time running out, so to speak, I decided to hit a more familiar setting for my final outing. This is the 605th consecutive Saturday that I have published a blog, and I’ve never had a fish-less entry yet, so my few hours on the canal were crucial. Covered in a lid of ice just a few days before, I knew the conditions were going to be tough. My motto though is that as long as you have a bait in the water, you’ve got a chance. Running with that, I cast out and settled back.
It was a great feeling to bank the fish that you can see above, although it was close as the hook came out in the net. It’s always a relief when that happens as opposed to a hook-pull in the water. As far as legitimacy is concerned though, if you hooked it fair and square in the first place and as long as you’ve netted it, it counts. With the fish still in winter mode, it wasn’t much of a bite. That’s why you need to be pretty focused on the tip or float when the conditions are such as the fish are fairly lethargic.
With minutes of the session remaining I was doing my final talk on camera, and as you can see from the video, I hooked into the fish pictured above. I’ve done thousands of perch hours on the Staffs/Worcs Canal over the years and 1lb is a good fish with 2lb being a specimen. To say I was over the moon with this perch would be putting it mildly. Walking back to the car I was higher than a Chinese lantern on Halloween. I very rarely declare fish weights for a number of reasons, not least that the internet is awash with claims that are nowhere near the stated figure. So like me, just enjoy the photo rather than get caught up with hype about size. Finally, if you want to connect with me, HERE is my personal Facebook.All friend requests will be granted. (Published February 14 2015)