If you read my blogs regularly, certainly the angling ones, then you will be aware that in order to get lots of fishing in I use a Poachers Pocket set-up as well as a lure rod. Both enable me to get bank-side when I wouldn’t otherwise have the time, so on that front I am very thankful to have those options at my disposal.
However, I do enjoy watching a float and with the Poachers Pocket more suited to legering – especially as it’s already made up and ready to go – I wanted another way of fishing that also ticked the boxes.
A few years ago I bought a whip, with the intention of catching small fish when I was out live-baiting for perch. It was never intended as a way of fishing itself but rather a means to an end.
However, with my working life being turned upside down in the last few years, I turned to the whip this week to do some fishing on the Staffs/Worcs Canal in Swindon, Staffordshire.
There’ll be more on the tackle and tactics in future blog entries but suffice to say I had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the outing that I had in the morning. With gudgeon, perch and roach on the bank, I had a lovely hour in the glorious sunshine.
Then on the evening, with my granddaughter staying over for a night, she accompanied me on a second visit, along with my wife. Although Nyah didn’t fish herself, she joined in by throwing maggots around the float.
I caught roach and chub and it was the latter that you can see in the lead image, with my granddaughter happy to pose with it for a photograph. She’s been talking about it ever since and wants to go back.
She’s even talking about night fishing. One step at a time, Nyah, one step at a time.
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