The Early Worm Catches The Perch (960)

We haven’t had a fishing tackle shop in Sedgley for many years now. I can still picture the one from the sixties and seventies though very clearly in mind. The memory of the worn step as you entered, right through to tackle itself and the smell of the maggots will always be with me.

On the corner of High Street and Bilston Street, it was called Hartlands if my memory serves me well on that front. Since the redevelopment of the area, the shop went and to the present day we have to travel, which for me my local has become Bilston Angling Centre.

With the alarm set while darkness still reigned outside, I was up and raring to go. After a cup of tea, I loaded the car and was on the road. Fishing the Staffs/Worcs Canal in a spot where I have caught a number of good perch in the past, this time round the fish were much smaller.

As far as I’m concerned though, it’s all about enjoyment and on that front the box was definitely ticked. I had a kingfisher pass by right in front of me, in fact I knew it was coming as I heard it in flight first.

I had a steady trickle of bites in the ninety minutes that I was there, initially lightning plucks from small roach. Then the perch moved in and the worm on a bigger hook was taken rather than plucked.

John Wilson 9′ Masterline Debut leger rod. Shimano 2500 baitrunner reel. Maxima Chameleon 4lb mainline. 2x SSG on a loop. Drennan Super Specialist micro barbed size 8 hook. Hooklength (six inches) created by a Korda shok bead and a small shot.

Following the session it was back home, a shower and church. Again, it was another making-the-most-of-every-opportunity outing. It’s about pushing yourself as well, which is something that we should never underestimate.

Whether in fishing or some other aspect of life, that’s always important if we are to get the most out of life itself.

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