I do a lot of travelling, most of it football-related. In the last week or so I’ve been to games at Caernarfon Town and Cefn Druids with The New Saints in Welsh football. I’ve also been Ipswich Town to see Wolverhampton Wanderers play. In addition, a journey to Liverpool Airport plus Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Wrexham trips have meant I really have been here, there and everywhere.
Continuing with the musical headings, this time round it’s The Beatles’ Revolver album that supplies the lead song. You can listen to it via the Spotify link below. I went for a Beatles song as the long and winding road to John Lennon Airport ended with the yellow submarine outside the main entrance. I’ve been there before but the week of travelling I’ve had, including the journey to Liverpool, was tailor-made for the heading.
Bream and Perch
I haven’t been feeling too well for weeks now. Nothing serious I must add, just coughs, colds, sore throats and temperatures all seeming to be on a never-ending cycle. It hasn’t affected anything I’ve done though, just maybe not as many angling sessions in as I would normally do in a week. I’ve still been out and about though, just that this time round they have all been very short.
I’ve dusted down the mini-jigging lure gear as well this week but the sessions I did with that were all fruitless. No follow-throughs or even half-hearted plucks. When the venues that you fish have lots of small perch in then you know it’s going to be difficult when they’re not playing ball. Perhaps if I had more time then that would have been different, but as always, it’s better to fish for a short period of time than not at all.
The best session was right at the end of the week – this morning (as I write and publish) in fact. You can see the photographs that I took in the embedded Facebook post above. I was fishing on the Staffs/Worcs Canal using my Poachers Pocket outfit and although just an hour or so, I had a great time.
Fish of the size that you can see in the images might not necessarily put a sharp bend in your normal rod and reel set-up, but on the gear I was using they certainly take the fight to another level. You can see the end tackle below, other than I was fishing with a Drennan Super Specialist size 14 hook. As I’ve been doing in recent weeks, it was red maggots as bait, although in this case two on the hook as opposed to the usual single on a size 18.
I’m enjoying visiting new grounds this season and the 34th of the current football campaign was Portman Road when I went see Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Ipswich Town. I didn’t get to bed until 2.30 a.m. after a Friday night game in the Welsh Cup at Caernarfon Town. I was up again at 7.00 a.m. for the long journey across country to Suffolk. A couple of long days but worth it, certainly with the latter from the perspective of a new ground.
With Wolves doing so well this season, it’s not easy to get tickets to away games. Combined with the fact I’m committed to games with The New Saints, I just have to take what I can. I haven’t done too badly though in 2017/2018 with trips to Derby County, Ipswich Town, Sheffield United, Southampton and Swansea City.
Although I’m counting the grounds that I visit, it’s far more than just a box-ticking exercise. I’m thoroughly enjoying every new place, which this season has included Champions League games in Croatia and Portugal, as well as university campus pitches for ladies’ games. It doesn’t matter where I’ve been though, each new ground has been worthwhile. Check out the link HERE where images from each game this season are included.