Locating New Perch Swims (972)

As the perch is my favourite species, I really enjoy fishing for them whenever possible. The Staffs/Worcs Canal, along with so many others, has seen an increase in the numbers of specimen fish in recent years.

They are found throughout and a good fish can turn up anywhere, although you do get to locate some special spots when you fish it regularly, especially when you move around a fair bit.

The peg I fished in this blog entry has thrown some very good fish up for me in the last couple of years. I came across it like so many others when I was out lure fishing. If I catch one decent fish, I will return for a sit-down session and explore the potential further.

Sometimes the one fish was a peak and the swim never fulfils its potential. Other times though it blossoms into a very special spot indeed. However, even if it has yielded specimen fish there is no guarantee it will every time. That was the case this time round.

I caught one nice fish, the others were much smaller. I did less than an hour though on the bank, just forty-five minutes to be precise. However, I always work on the basis that it’s better to fish for a few minutes than not at all. Whether you’re on a week-long session or ten minutes, it only takes a split-second to get a bite from a fish of a lifetime.

The tackle I fished with was as follows, with the bait a worm over red maggots.

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.