Following the Sunday morning service at Tipton Family Church, which I thoroughly enjoyed as always, it was an evening’s fishing on the Staffs/Worcs Canal to round off the hours of daylight.
Unfortunately though, I didn’t get their until quite late so I only had half an hour. Still, thirty minutes is better than nothing and that’s how I always look at it. The days are certainly getting much shorter now, as we move on in the month of October.
I fished with worm on the hook and loose fed red maggots. Combined with the tackle description below, it’s a familiar story of late. That’s how my angling goes, I tend to follow a pattern for a while then move on to something else.
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 shok bead and a size 4 Dinsmores split shot. Lead 1/4 ounce bomb.
The first fish was a gudgeon and a decent one at that. It took the worm on the size 8 hook comfortably. This was followed by my target species, the perch. It’s always nice to set your stall out for something and then catch it. Some anglers fish for bites regardless of what the species is; I tend to always have something specific in mind.
The most important thing though, is that you enjoy what you do and not worry about what other anglers get up to. That theme has been a regular drum that I’ve been beating of late. Not that there’s anything personal behind it, I’m not in any dispute with anyone or anything like that. It’s just a thought I’m sharing.
As you can see from one of the images, there’s a disgorger alongside the perch. Never leave home without one, and also, if you’re not sure how to use one, do your homework first. They’re essential items of tackle but due to where they end up, you need to know what you’re doing.
If you’re a novice ask an experienced angler, the tackle shop owner or search for a video on YouTube. Above all though, especially if you’re fishing maggots or worm after perch, make sure you’re prepared for deep-hooked fish.
It’s best to strike early and miss fish than allow them to swallow the hook but at least if the worst happens then you are prepared.