Although Sunday just gone was a busy day, nevertheless I still made time for some fishing. That’s exactly what you have to do if your life is busy, make time. That’s where lure angling comes into its own, as you can arrive at the water’s edge and be fishing within seconds.
I keep a rod that is already made-up and there’s no need to bait a swim and wait. I take off the velcro band, put the two pieces of rod together and away I go. I managed to get out twice and both sessions were on the Staffs/Worcs Canal.
They were also less than an hour each in duration and in spite of the low water temperature, I caught on both occasions as well. Regardless of the conditions, as long as your bait’s in the water then you have a chance. You will never catch sitting next to a fire at home.
I fished with a 1 inch (2.5 cm) rubber lure and a 1g jig head. It meant that I could work the bait through the water much more slowly than if I was fishing with a spinner, for example. I noticed a couple of anglers passing through who had big lures and were retrieving very quickly indeed.
When the water temperature is low the fish won’t be as active as they are in the summer. A lure that flashes by won’t be as provocative as one that inches its way along. Remember that perch are predators and it’s not just a hungry fish that will take the bait but one that is provoked.
Tackle used: Fox Rage Ultron dropshotting rod. Fox Rage Ultron 2500 reel. Sunline Super Braid 10lb mainline. Fox Rage Illusion 10lb 3oz. 1 inch Berkley minnow. Fox Rage micro jig head 1g, size 6 hook.