Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad With Bream And Perch From The Canal (827)

With three flying visits to local waters, it’s back to normal following my holiday sea fishing adventures. In all honesty, I’m as happy flicking a tiny lead into the canal as I am casting a five ounce bomb into the ocean. It’s all fishing, it’s all good.

My first session was a jigging trip to the venue I’ve written about recently. The one that had resident cormorants on throughout the winter. They seem to have gone now and so have the fish. Not even a pike this time round.

Then it was a visit to the Staffs/Worcs Canal and an hour or so at dusk. As the boat traffic is picking up, rather than complain about the disturbance, I just fish around it. After all, without the boats we would have far less water to fish.

I located a shoal of small bream under a permanently moored craft on the far bank. Fishing with my Poachers Pocket mini-rod and reel set-up, it was still good fun though as they put a nice bend in the rod.

Finally, a trip to a different section of the canal – one that I haven’t fished for some years – produced an all-perch catch. Again, nothing big but using the same tackle, some good sport.

Bait was either one or two red maggots on a size 16 Drennan Super Specialist hook. The hooklength was 2.6lb fluorocarbon with 4lb Maxima Chameleon on the reel. A small shot and bead created and a 1/3 ounce lead completed the simple set-up.

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