CATCH AND RETURN – (canal perch) blog entry 664

I had a very interesting experience recently. Cutting out all the details, the punchline is that I lost my fishing camera. I put it in the boot as I was setting off for a session but that was the last I saw of it.

I really was baffled, I couldn’t work out what had become of it. Anyway, after much searching, both in the car and on the ground I finally drew a line under it and moved on as you have to.

They look magnificent with dorsals raised
They look magnificent with dorsals raised

It wasn’t an expensive camera, just a cheap Nikon Coolpix; my internal probing was more to do with the ‘mysterious’ nature of its disappearance rather than the loss of value.

A couple of days later as I was getting ready to go on air in the Welsh Premier League with TNS Radio, I had a text from my wife. ‘I’ve got your camera’ is all it said. I was intrigued, so with a few minutes to go before broadcast, I called her.

A nice canal perch about to go back
A nice canal perch about to go back

A stranger had picked it up (somehow it had fallen out of the boot) looked at the photographs (fortunately I had some on there) and returned it to my house! As Citizen Khan says, ‘They all know me!’

I posted the story on Facebook and it was Glyn Berrington, who commented ‘Catch and return’. I liked it and that’s where the heading comes from.

A nice perch getting ready to go back
A nice perch getting ready to go back

Now, on to this week’s angling and it’s my favourite species, perch, that captures my attention this time round. I haven’t pursued them for a while so it was great to get back on track.

Fishing tight to a lock on the Staffs/Worcs Canal, my afternoon looked good as first cast I had interest on the worm on a size 10 fished over red pinkies. I caught fish but after bumping a few decent ones, I switched to a size 6. This week’s accompanying video looks at the rig in more detail.

My favourite species - I think they're great
My favourite species – I think they’re great

That did the trick and no more bumping just netting as I fished right up to dark. The boat traffic was considerably up over recent months. Of course that will intensify now until the autumn. I’ll still fish the canals, just that my shift pattern will change.

Some of the fish I caught were impressive. As with any species you have to take the venue into account. The bottom line is that you can only catch what’s in there. The canal proved to be very kind to me this week as I caught consistently and well.

Another one bites the dust
Another one bites the dust

I make no apologies for the fact that all the photos this time round are of fish. As I sometimes jokingly say when I write my weekly column on the TNS website, it’s mine so I’ll put what I want in there. Well, that’s what you’ve got this week with the perch images.

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