KEEPING THE BEST TILL LAST (Staffs/Worcs Canal perch) – Blog entry 611

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If you are a regular follower of my blog then you will be aware that I have done a lot of canal perch fishing of late. It’s not that I am tired of it, far from it, but for the reasons I list in the video it’s time to move on. However I had to devote one last week to the venue and the species. After all, you can never have too much of a good thing.

Returning a late dusk fish
Returning a late dusk fish

I managed three sessions and you can see how they went in the accompanying video. And if the video starts slowly, it certainly picks up right at the end, hence the title of the blog. I have not seen another angler on the section I fished, which is pretty common these days. I can remember when, if you wanted to fish the Staffs/Worcs Canal on a weekend, you had to check the local newspaper to find out what BAA sections had been booked.

In the net and on the bank
In the net and on the bank

Now, even if there is a contest, there is usually just a handful of anglers so you can walk past them and set up further on. The rise of the commercial has seen the demise of the canal, although in terms of fish quality it’s anything but downhill. There are some great specimens of many species to be found in the local cut. Most of my angling so far this year has been canal-based.

One of the bigger fish at the end of the week
One of the bigger fish at the end of the week

I also took a friend fishing with me this week and you can find out who that is in the video. She enjoyed herself for sure and we’ll have to do it again in the near future. In the meantime though, it’s au revoir freshwater angling and bonjour sea fishing. And that’s what I am going for next week as I make a one-off visit to the coast. And if you want to keep in touch with me, you can do so via Facebook. You can click the link in the embedded tweet. (Published March 28 2015)