Forever making the most of every opportunity to get some angling in, this time round I made a quick visit to The Montgomery Canal. In between writing an article on a Welsh U19 international and a photo-shoot with The New Saints FC Academy, I lead a varied life if nothing else.
The eye from the top section of my Poachers Pocket rod has detached itself but fortunately I do have another mini telescopic rod. My wife saw it some time ago and brought it for me.
It came with a reel and the total cost was less than £4, so as you can imagine, it’s not up to the quality of the Poachers Pocket that will set you back ten times as much. However, I did use the PP reel and the combination worked well.
Fishing next to a lock, which is one of my favourite general spots as far as canal fishing is concerned, I caught roach. Nothing big but it’s all good fun and it’s a very picturesque canal, as you can see from the images.
I did have a hook-pull on a fish that was significantly bigger than the ones in the photographs. Even then though, in the grand scheme of things, we aren’t talking any real size, certainly well below 1lb.
The set-up was very simple: The aforementioned rod (no-name) and reel. Maxima Chameleon 4lb straight through. Hooklength created by nipping on a small shot. Bead, 1/4 ounce lead and a Drennan Super Specialist size 18 hook completed the tackle. Bait was a single red maggot and I loose fed maggots.
One of the big challenges for me personally is making sure I get plenty of angling in. I do live a busy life, and while I’m not complaining, nevertheless fishing is important to me and I don’t want to let it go.
As well as the obvious fact that I love angling it also serves as a check in my life to make sure I stay on the right side of the line. If I’m too busy to get out water’s edge, then I’m too busy.
Life is often about compromise and as long as I can get lots of short, but often very sweet, sessions in, I’m happy. Think outside the box but more importantly, fish outside of it as well.