Down By The Riverside / When The Saints Go Marching In – Blog entry 749

Not Quite All Quiet On The Angling Front

It’s been a quiet front this week as far as catching fish is concerned. I have banked some though – amazingly, having published a blog entry every Saturday since July 2003, I’ve always had fish to write about each week – just not in the quality and quantity that I’ve had in recent weeks.

The fact that we’ve had the first frosts of the autumn has no doubt been a prime factor in the slowing down. Give it a short period of time though and the fish will acclimatise. It’s that initial shock to the system that comes with the transaction that proves to be hard going.

The fact remains though, as long as your bait’s in the water you’ve always got a chance. If the conditions are tough your chances of catching may decrease but they’re still better than if you stayed at home.

I cover a couple of sessions in the video that you can view below. Targeting perch, in the first outing (it’s the lake in the photo collage above) a carp turns up. Then, on the canal, it’s my favourite species that shows. I fished with a quiver tip rod on both occasions with a worm on a size 10 hook over red maggots and brown crumb.

Line was 6lb Maxima Chameleon straight through, with a 1/3 ounce lead and a hook-length of about six inches created by nipping on a small shot and adding a 5mm bead. Simplicity, but it works.

As well as the couple of outings in the video I did eight short trips jigging, all on the canal except for a river excursion that you can read about further on. I end the blog entry with 325 sessions for the year so far, still on track for the 400 target I set myself at the start of the year. Not that I’m fishing for a tick, but I do find that goal-setting is great for personal motivation.


Down By The Riverside / When The Saints Go Marching In 

This week’s heading comes from Elvis Presley’s Frankie And Johnny album and you get two for one as Down By the Riverside becomes When The Saints Go Marching In all in one track.

On the way back home from The New Saints this week I hit gridlock on the A5. Fortunately it was by a roundabout as far as my joining the deadlock was concerned, so I turned off and followed my instinct along the unmarked country lanes.

My sense of direction is quite good and making my way across the border from Shropshire back into Montgomeryshire, I soon found myself on familiar territory. Passing over the upper Severn, and with lure gear in the boot from the journey up in the morning, I parked and made my way across the field to the river, which is in the photograph collage at the head of the blog entry.

It was a stretch I’ve fished before, although never in a TNS tracksuit and training top, which is my working attire. I’ve had some good chub from there in the past, also a barbel as well. At the time I thought I had hooked a monster chevin but it turned out to be a small barbel instead. This time round though I had nothing, although in fairness it was a flying visit and the river was carrying extra water.

It’s all good though and I love the great outdoors. I also love Wales and although it was an unexpected trip, it was great to be back down by the riverside. As for the Saints marching in, well on Sunday we beat Queen of the South in the Irn-Bru Cup quarter-final tie at Park Hall. This was followed by a win on Friday at Llandudno that took us back to the top of the Welsh Premier League. This week’s song title is very apt indeed.


Blog Of The Week

This time round it’s Gav Astley’s Beechwood Baits Blog that gets a mention. Give it a click and check it out for yourself. It’s on my site under B, of course, and HERE are the others in that category.


My Week On Social Media 

As always, here are some embedded posts from my social media, in this case my personal Facebook account. Used correctly, social media is a great way to connect with people. Feel free to add me.








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