Gudgeon And Carp From A Black Country Canal (831)

What I like about this time of the year is that you can get sessions in long after the working day has finished. Or in my case, you never know when it’s over, so you have to get fishing in when you can.

Nevertheless it does tend to slow down late evening and in this session that’s when I headed for the local canal. Once the boat traffic has come to an end for the day, the canal is a very nice place to spend an hour or two at dusk.

Especially when it’s warm and dry. Not that the weather bothers me, as I go fishing anyway, but it is very pleasant sitting there in short sleeves and enjoying the experience.

On this session I fished with my Poachers Pocket rod and reel and you can see the rig via the embedded image. The reel line is 4lb Maxima Chameleon and the hooklength 2.5lb Virage fluorocarbon. The hook is a size 16 Drennan Super Specialist and I fished with two red maggots over loose maggots.

I caught small gudgeon, then right at the end I had something more substantial. It didn’t fight like a chub so I thought it may been a very good perch. Then when I caught the first brief glimpse of it in the water it looked like a tench.

Once it came to the net proper though I could see that it was a small carp. With no barbules, small even scales and the dorsal fin fitting the bill it certainly looked like a crucian.

However there are lots of fish that make their way into the Black Country canal system by a variety of means, and as true crucians are not that easy to come by and you have to be careful when stating species. It certainly looked more of a crucian though in the flesh than it does in the photograph.

Nevertheless it was great to catch and as I made my way home I was certainly a happy camper. Regardless of the species it was still a very nice surprise.

As always, I was planning my next trip. In my mind at least, as my working week changes all the time. Being involved in the world of football you never know what’s coming up next.

As long as I can keep getting fishing sessions in though, I’m fine. I have to be flexible but I don’t mind as long as I can cast a regular line during the week. Even if it mostly just for a short time. It’s better than nothing.

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