MORE COMEBACKS THAN FRANK SINATRA (Perch) – Blog entry 615

I’ve stated a couple of times in recent weeks that I was moving on from my canal perch fishing, however just like a boomerang I keep coming back. Or as I say in the video – and that’s where the heading comes from this week – I’ve had more comebacks than Frank Sinatra. Ultimately in angling, you can never have too much of a good thing and the beauty of being a solo angler is that you can please yourself. And that’s exactly what I did this week, as I do every other time.

A bream from Chelmarsh
A bream from Chelmarsh

As you can see from the video, the first couple of sessions were slow with nothing special to report. The nature was pretty good though as I had low-flying ravens overhead, with skylarks, chiffchaff, greenfinch and goldfinch all singing. I also spotted a late flock of fieldfare, in migration flight. This is the time of year that there is an overlap in species. Once, in a canal-side field, I spotted fieldfare and wheatear next to each other. I’m also into British wild flowers, and as you can see in the video I managed to capture a few species on film.

A Staffs/Worcs Canal perch
A Staffs/Worcs Canal tench

With five sessions this week, the last two were on the canal with a trip to a huge reservoir sandwiched in between. You can see from the video just how big it is and that’s not even all of it. It’s Chelmarsh and is another venue on the Kinver Freeliners AC ticket. If you’re in the wider area (check out the CLUB WEBSITE for the portfolio of waters) then it’s definitely worth considering. There is a lengthy waiting list, which of course shows the attractiveness of the club, but why not add your name as you’re then on the first rung of the ladder.

No big perch this week but they all count
No big perch this week but they all count

The quality of the perch that I caught this week have not been anywhere near the ones I managed to bank in recent months. In fact, in five sessions the perch were all about the small size. I did manage roach, bream, tench and chub though and that’s reflected in the video title, ‘A mixed bag of spring fish’. Although I do set my stall out to catch something decent, in reality all fish are welcome, regardless of size. (Published April 25 2015)

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