Two weeks ago I netted a great perch on the Staffs/Worcs Canal. As someone who has invested thousands of hours targeting the species on the venue, it was inevitable that I would return sooner rather than later. In fact I couldn’t wait to get back although my first session wasn’t planned as such. However, I was wide awake an hour before light and with big perch on my mind, I got up and set off.
That’s the beauty of having your gear already made up and bait on tap. So there I was was on the towpath as the darkness receded and the bells chimed in perch o’clock. Unfortunately though nothing big graced the bank, but with small roach and perch caught, at least I wasn’t a blanker. I couldn’t wait to get back though – the next afternoon to be precise.
This time I got among the better fish, nothing like the beast from before, but nice perch nonetheless. I only had one boat pass me as well during the session. That will change of course over the next couple of months, but in the meantime I’m making hay while the sun shines. And talking of that, the day felt very spring-like. Although still February, it won’t be long before the calendar turns and it’s March 1. Just a date but it’s psychological.
Out for a third and final visit, as you can see from the video, I again caught perch with a bonus chub popping up this time as well. I had a few more boats through as well, which made fishing slightly more difficult. A churned-up swim and constant water movement wasn’t on my agenda. I’m not complaining by the way, just saying, and again reinforcing the point that it will get worse soon. That’s no problem though, I’ll just change my angling habits. In the meantime however I’ve got some more hay to make. So watch this space. (Published February 28 2015)
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