If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them (880)

I enjoy my short canal sessions that I do on a regular basis. However, you can’t beat some ‘proper’ fishing and that’s exactly what a visit to Dudmaston Hall on the Kinver Freeliners ticket provided.

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The bad news is that there are no day tickets as it’s members only, while the good news is that, albeit with a waiting list, you can join the club. Check out the website HERE which also has details of other venues.

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Back to the session in question though, it was a perfect start as two hobby flew very close to me as I made my way to the lake. Then, with the rain bringing out the amphibians, I had to watch my steps very carefully as dozens of tiny common frogs and common toads were on the ground.

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Fishing three rod lengths out on a clear bottom, I presented two SBS Baits corn-shaped poppers over real corn with a quiver tip rod. Although maggot would be my first choice all-round bait, without a doubt this is my favourite specialist bait.

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The big advantage, and especially so if you’re night fishing, is that it survives the attention of small fish who will very quickly reduce a natural grain of corn to a limp skin.

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I fished with a size 8 Drennan Super Specialist hook and a hooklength of 6lb Drennan Team England mono. I nipped a shot on the line so that the bait lifted just above the free offerings of corn on the deck.

I banked a few tench during the session, which is why I was there. The highlight, if you can call it that though, was taking a dip in the lake. Watch the embedded video below where all is revealed.

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I still enjoyed it though, even sitting through the bulk of the session soaking wet. I said to my wife when I got home that it was like my fishing used to be before I got involved with The New Saints FC and time became an issue,

‘What’, she replied, ‘like when you used to fall in the river every week?’ at which I laughed. She knows. I did enjoy it very much though and I will be back. As they say, watch this space.

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Finally, the blog heading. If you can’t beat them, join them. The fish that is.

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