Live Blogging From The Canal, While Fishing. Updated During The Session.


11.30 a.m. If you follow my updates on a regular basis then you’ll know that I did my first live blog entry during the night of the general election, as the results came in.

It was a trial for what I really want to do and that’s live blog from the water’s edge. You have to choose the right session and I’m kicking off today with a canal visit. I hope you enjoy it.

I’ve just arrived at the water’s edge and I’ll be ready to go in due course.


11.45 a.m. Cast out and the waiting game begins. The canal is very murky, due to heavy rainfall washing in soil. I’ve found these conditions aren’t always that productive.

However, that’s ideal for live blogging. You can’t blog when you’re catching a fish every couple of minutes. I’m also fishing a worm on a size 10 hook, looking for quality over quantity.


12.15 p.m. Just one bite and one fish so far but what was I saying about quality over quantity? The conditions are such that it wasn’t a wrap-around bite, as chub often give, just a gentle pluck.

Still, once hooked it put up a good fight. I’m fishing with 4lb Maxima Chameleon line, a Shimano 2500 reel and a 9′ John Wilson Debut Masterline rod. The latter is perfect for the tight situation I’m in.

I’ve created a hooklength by nipping on a small shot. There’s a bead and a very light lead to complete the set-up. The hook is a Drennan Super Specialist.

Fishing worm over red maggots, the chub’s throat was full of the latter. A good sign.



12.45 p.m. As expected, it’s a quiet angling session. However, I’ve just had a male sparrowhawk pass within a few yards of where I’m sitting quietly in the undergrowth.

I’ve said it many times in the past and no doubt I will again in the future. Angling is the perfect platform from which to view the natural world.


1.30 p.m. It’s often a fine line between ‘success’ and ‘failure’ in angling and today I’m happy to be on the right side of that line.

I’ve enjoyed live blogging from the water’s edge and the statistics have been very encouraging. I’ll do it again, that was always the plan.

As long as you choose the sessions carefully and your angling isn’t affected, that’s the important factor.

Out and about yourself? Tight lines.



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