I WAS A HAPPY BUNNY AND IT WASN’T EVEN EASTER YET (Staffs/Worcs Canal perch) – Blog entry 613

I guess if you looked at the title of this week’s blog, you are probably thinking that I caught a monster fish of some description. However, as revealed in the video it has nothing to do with angling but rather it’s football-related. Like many anglers, I’m also very much into my football. And again, like fishing, you can’t get enough. In one week recently I went to four games in the space of seven days. Anyway, let’s push on with the piscatorial content of the blog entry.

Returning a small perch to the canal
Returning a small perch to the canal

My first outing on the Staffs/Worcs Canal saw me bank three perch, however none of them were of any size. Not that I’m putting smaller fish down by saying that, far from it. As far as I’m concerned, they’re all special regardless of size. But to use a common internet phrase, ‘just saying’. After a sea fishing session last week it was great to get back on the canal. As an all-rounder I find variety is definitely the spice of piscatorial life.

A different angle as a perch goes back
A different angle as a perch goes back

As you can see in the second session I caught a really good perch. With fish weights it’s important to take the venue into account. For example, a 2lb perch may not be that special as such on some places, however on others it’s a monster. What I’ve worked out on the sections I have targeted on the Staffs/Worcs over the years is that 1lb is a good fish and 2lb is a specimen.

Another cracker from the canal
Another cracker from the canal

My third and final outing was the only one that I was able to stay right up to dark on. I caught a few small perch during the afternoon and of course, was very hopeful as the light levels faded. However, I didn’t end the week with anything particularly big. Not that I’m complaining of course, far from it. In fact as I walked back to the car I was thinking to myself, I don’t think I’ve seen the last of the canal yet. Watch this space, as they say. (Published April 11 2015)