Almost Session 7 (2015) – So…Nearly Fishing & Other Stuff….

Well, its Friday 6th March and at 0900 Liz and I ventured out for a day at our club’s tench/silvers pool… only to find when we arrived there that there was a problem with the padlock on the gate to get in…. without explaining in detail why, too many words and you wouldn’t understand the situation, just take it that we couldn’t get on to the water… and so had to turn and head back home… so that was the session that wasn’t! 🙂

However, clouds and silver linings came into play as on the doorstep was a parcel – my newly purchased replacement radio-controlled boat for the purpose of pulling the transponder section of my fish/depth finder around – a device I use for the depth sounding/bottom type determination facilities than for fish finding which I consider a less useful purpose – you can find the fish, you can’t make them feed though – and prefer to fish to a ‘contour feature’ without any fish being apparent than a mass of reported fish over a unfeatured bottom. And I find the depth finder of itself is far superior to a plummet for determining bottom info – and does in 2-3 minutes what would take the same in hours with a plummet – even if cast out on a rod/line – and if the transponder is attached to a R/C boat then an area of 50m * 50m can easily be scanned within 30 minutes. Unfortunately, myoriginal boat suffered a dunking some months ago and the electrics got wet and trying to effect a drying/repair operation I damaged the seals, etc and it became un-poolworthy. Attempts since to locate a suitable replacement led to a couple of purchases that were not suitable and had to be re-sold on eBay … but now I have found the exact boat I had before… and only £25!! Actually, the original was only £16 from Cash Converters second-hand.

The New Boat - 15" Long

The New Boat – 15″ Long

Yesterday, I also resolved a problem with hook tying, etc – fiddly close-up work – on the waterside. Being a specs for long distance wearer I’m generally OK at home with such stuff – basically I just look over the top of my specs to read for short periods (eg read letter/note, tie one hooklength), or remove them altogether for longer periods (reading a book, tying a batch of hooklengths) BUT at the waterside it’s a bit of a pain as I often wear a peaked cap or brimmed hat which limits over-the-specs viewing and so I find I either have to completely remove my headwear or my specs even for a quick task (baiting hook with maggots, etc)… However, now resolved that – another pair of glasses! 🙂 NO, NO, NO!! Not bifocals or varifocals (or contact lenses come to that) – just bog standard reading glasses from PoundWorld for, yes!, £1. I notice on my latest spec prescription of a week or so ago that the ADD for near distance required on bi- or vari- glasses for the near distance viewing was +2.5… and so I’ve purchased a pair of 2.5X reading glasses, which, when worn OVER my normal glasses means I can see/read close distance… and so now I wear my normal glasses with the reading glasses flipped up on to my forehead and when near distance viewing is needed I just drop the readers over the front of my normal specs… and Bob’s only yer flippin’ uncle!! 🙂

Anyway, future plans for the fishing… Tuesday 10th I intend to go pool piking (and hopefully get another couple of pike sessions in too before the end of my pike season with the expiration of March), and next Friday, 13th, planning on heading to the Shropshire Union Canal with the lures in search of pike, perch and chub.

Session 6 (2015) – Canal Bait Fishing II

Wednesday 4th March 2015, and it’s a trip across to a Wolverhampton AA administered stretch of the Staff-Worcs Canal at Calf Heath, Staffordshire. The session having been delayed by bad weather on the originally intended day and then the following week it was the turn of the car to visit its doctor for the annual MOT and service…

I had to drop Liz off for work in the city centre at 0830 and so it was 0930 that I was situated in my chosen session swim. A nice looking swim with an overhanging willow on the far bank, and one that I had fished in the summer and had taken bream and perch from.


The Swim – Overhanging Willow

Canal 2

To Left Of Swim

Canal 1

To Right Of Swim


And so, before tackling up, a few maggots were catapulted over towards outside of the willow – the far bank out to the line of the outer edge of the willow is very shallow perhaps less than 12” due to the boats being pushed over towards the near bank and the actual boat channel lies 1/3 across from the near bank, and thus the far bank receives the silt and in the summer is actually a grassy/reedy area…

Tackle was a light quiver tip rod, 4lb line with 1/4oz leger weight and a size 12 Kamasan Animal Barbless hook baited with worm and worm/maggot cocktail.

And so, over the next 3.5 hours I fished, exploring the area and trying fruitlessly to entice some sort of interest in my bait… feeding the main swim on regular intervals with small quantities (10-12 maggots) and fishing over that… also slightly upstream and downstream on both near and far banks and in the boat channel itself… working the bait from far bank back to near in 12” twitches every few minutes… and not a sausage. Not even the passing of three boats over the 3.5 hours stirred up any activity from the fish which when they are lethargic quite often happens. Personally I don’t mind the odd boat – passings at around 45 min intervals seem to be a positive rather than negative thing and I find catches increase in occurrence following a boat’s passage at that frequency – but you can have too much of a good thing ie the continual summer boat traffic that starts in May and continues into November usually. At those times I canal fish from around 0400 until 0900/1000 depending on when the boaters awake.

The temps of the day were in the main good – water rising from 6.3C to 6.8C by the end of the session but air temps were VERY up and down with rises and drops of between 3C-5C happening within 15 minutes at times.

AND … those lovely people from the Canal and Rivers Trust arrived again to cut the grass again although it looked like it had already been cut the day before. A team of 3 – one on a sit-on mower, one with a hand rotary mower and one with a strimmer. It seems that the C&RT have oodles of money to waste by giving their overstaffed personnel unnecessary (and IMHO eco-damaging) jobs to do as EVERY time I’ve visited ANY canal since October there have been teams cutting grass and other vegetation – and in fact one day I visited 3 stretches of the same canal all within 1 mile of each other and in each place there was a different team of between 3 and 5 members grass cutting! Shame they don’t show the same sort of vigourosity by monitoring boat movements and ensuring that the boats don’t exceed the 4mph speed limits to which they are supposedly limited too!

A couple of pics of the work done by the C&RT team of the day… before they came, after they passed (in fact you can spot them down the far end in the pic)… now spot the difference! Bet can’t as there is hardly any!!!





NOTE: the untouched molehills of soil despite the sit-on mower having been over them!!


Time               Air                  Water

1000                7.8                   6.3
1100              11.2                   6.7
Intermediate max: 12.3
1200                8.2                   6.7
Intermediate max: 14.7
1300                9.1                   6.8


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