Cold Toes And Early Morning Perch (971)

Not planning a session this morning, I was woken up by our noisy neighbour at 5.00 a.m. The last I had seen of him was when he was being led away handcuffed by the police during the previous day. Anyway, that’s a separate issue and not for this column, but while I was up I at least decided to make the most of it and go fishing.

Heading for one of my favourite canal spots, I was there at first light casting out the worm bait with red maggots as the attractor. I fished for an hour and a half and had a steady stream of bites. Some of them were from small roach,as the lightning plucks indicated, but I also caught numerous perch as well.


For the first time in months I experienced cold toes. Not as cold as they will be over the coming months but nevertheless the morning felt very autumnal, with mist over the surrounding fields, as I made my way to the spot.

One of the positives about this time of the year onwards though is that the boat traffic is minimal, in fact I had nothing pass through at all this morning.

I fished with a quiver tip rod that is already made up, so it’s a case of fishing very quickly once I’m at the water’s edge. A lot of my angling consists of short trips and the more time you can use for actual fishing as opposed to getting set up the better.

I’ve become a master at it and often I will arrive at the same time as another angler, and after I’ve done my session and I’m on the way back to the car, he hasn’t even cast out.

Tackle used: John Wilson Masterline Debut quiver tip rod. Shimano 2500 DL2500FA reel. Maxima Chameleon 4lb mainline. Drennan Super Specialist size 8 micro barbed hook. Hooklength created by Korda skok bead and a size 4  Dinsmores split shot.

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