WORKING, EATING AND FISHING MY WAY TO THE WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE – (PERCH) Blog entry 634

If you want to know what the title of this week’s blog is all about, then check out the video where all will be revealed. I manage three sessions on the way to the promised land, and as I say, that’s one of the reasons why I get to fish as many times as I do.

A perch in the hand
A perch in the hand

Spinning is perfect for making the most of limited time. All it takes is some thought, motivation and energy. There are many positives to this type of angling and one of them is that you can travel really light and with the minimum amount of gear it means you don’t have expensive tackle on display.

One of the pools I fished on the video
One of the pools I fished on the video

Of course, there’s always a risk if you leave stuff in the car, but when it’s all locked away in the trunk and not visible to passing eyes, then it does give a greater sense of security than if you’ve got a full-loaded car with expensive tackle on display for all to see.

Another small perch about to go back
Another small perch about to go back

Three sessions in one day, even for me, is quite something but that’s exactly what I managed at the start of the week, as I’ve already said. Catching on two of them I nearly used the headline ‘Two out of three ain’t bad’ but I decided to go for the working, eating and fishing one.

I love British nature
I love British nature

I managed not only fish but also some decent bird sightings with a hobby over pool number one, a wood sandpiper along the margins on the second venue and a red kite along the A5 near Shrewsbury as I drove to the game.

Sycamore moth caterpillar - beautiful
Sycamore moth caterpillar – beautiful!

The next day, at home, my wife said I just found you a present! She picked up a sycamore moth caterpillar on the pavement. After photographing it I ‘released’ it into the backyard. They are one of our most beautiful caterpillars here in the UK. I also went fishing the same evening, just for half an hour, and caught perch.

Returning a canal perch
Returning a canal perch

More sessions – and more fish – followed and that’s one above going back to its watery home. None of the fish this week were big, quite the opposite in fact. Although I do attempt to set my stall out for the better specimens in the venue, I’m just happy catching whatever comes along. On that note, next week I’m going to be targeting one of our mini-species, the ruffe! See you next Saturday. (Published September 5 2015)