FIRST WORLD ANGLING PROBLEMS (Staffs/Worcs Canal perch) – Blog entry 609

 

Can you ever have too much of a good thing? Well, as far as perch fishing is concerned, the answer to that has to be a resounding no. On that note, for the third week on the bounce I was back on the local canal targeting my favourite species. Although in my own fishing, variety is very much the spice of life, I still often spend a few weeks, and therefore quite a number of sessions, focused on something specific.

Returning a small canal perch
Returning a small canal perch

In the first session I managed a few very small roach and just one perch, although I did pull out of a better fish. It’s the first I’ve lost in this mini-campaign I’ve been on so far, so nothing to get worried about. Really looking forward to getting back the next day, as you can see in the video I had to wait a lot longer than that due to issues with the car. No fishing, I had piscatorial cold turkey. First world angling problems indeed.

I love the colours of the perch
I love the colours of the perch

Anyway I finally got out and I couldn’t wait. Driving to the canal I felt like a man who hadn’t eaten for a week and was now being let loose in a buffet. I managed just a roach and a perch but I left satisfied, although still hungry for more. It’s very rarely I actually want to leave the bank. People see me packing away and they ask ‘Had enough?’ and I reply that I’ve never had enough, just that there are other demands on my time. It’s about a balance life.

A nice fish at the end
A nice fish at the end

My final outing of the blog saw the water temperature drop by 25% in two days. That’s a sharp fall, but as I often say, as long as your bait’s in the water you’ve got a chance. Anyway after a few roach plucks and pulls I found myself playing a decent perch. When the hook pulled I was wondering if I would get another bite of the cherry. I did indeed have a second chance and that time there was no escape for my prey. (Published March 14 2015)

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