Canal Fishing For Perch, The Subject Of Secrecy In Angling And Doing Your Own Legwork (1145)

As far as my fishing is concerned, flexibility is the keyword and I have to get sessions in when I can. In the case of this trip to one of the local canals, although I prefer low light conditions for big perch – so early morning and late evening are ideal – it didn’t work out so I found myself on the bank at lunchtime with the sun shining.

I’ve always been a great advocate though of the fact that as long as your bait’s in the water then you have a chance. That’s exactly what happened this time round, as I caught just the one fish, but it was a decent one and I was more than happy with it.

I go through the bait and tackle approach in the video and you can watch that below. On the topic of secrecy in angling, I think that’s something that we all need to be aware of. Especially in the day of the internet that we live, in if you give too much information out it will definitely have a detrimental effect on your fishing.

I tend to keep my venues out of the public domain and to myself. After all, it’s not like I’m trying to get information off other people but not giving it back in return. If you want to play your cards close to your chest, that’s your prerogative. In the session in this blog entry, it’s a Black Country canal and no more.

I spend lots of time fishing new spots, seeing if they produce. Take canal perch as an example, I may give ten swims a go to see what’s in there. Nine may throw up small to average fish but the tenth one yields some crackers.

No-one wants to know where the nine spots are located but the one that does the business will gets lots of enquiry. It’s not selfish to reveal what you want and likewise to keep back what you choose not to share. It’s actually selfish to expect someone else to do the hard work on your behalf and to reap their legwork.

Many years ago I was having a particularly successful time on a certain river after barbel. One day I had a random email from someone asking me to reveal swims to him. He said he had a job and didn’t have the time to go out and find fish for himself.

I did smile to myself because I also had a job. I didn’t say that in the reply, in fact I was very diplomatic and friendly. I never had an email back though. I used to get this ever such a lot, where I would receive an email asking for information and I would reply in detail. Very rarely though did I even get a reply in return, saying thank you.

Now, because I’m so busy anyway plus I have got lots of stuff out there on my website, I usually point people to the search engine. Don’t be the angling equivalent of a headline reader, instead click the link, as it were, and find out for yourself. Do your own legwork.