Sinful, Short But Successful Canal Session

Silverfisher

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
13,068
Well after making a mess of my last river session of the season yesterday (sat in the wrong place and fished like a muppet!) my plan was to have another go at closing out the season today. But after a rubbish nights sleep for some reason I woke up shattered to the sound of falling rain and a forecast which said it would be on and off all morning. So I thought sod I’ll just pop down the canal instead when it stops raining which whilst a bit sacrilegious when there’s a fishable river available I thought as I’d had off the top of my head a good three dozen river sessions this season missing one wouldn’t hurt too much!

Last time out on the canal a couple weeks ago I had an amazing session with probably 50lb of big skimmers and perch so whilst that was never likely to be repeatable especially from a much shorter session I thought it at least worth a go. However when I went to have a look at conditions during the mornings rain the boats that held the fish last time had moved and the slightly stronger slightly different direction wind had rendered that swim all but unfishable so was time for a plan b. Another boat had moved as well opening up a swim that I’ve fished once before on the last weekend of the last closed season. On that session I had at least a dozen perch, a handful of skimmers and a couple roach in little over a couple hours so whilst that was a completely different time of year and the swim was narrower today with an extra boat opposite I thought it worth a go still.

Plan was to go get my gear straight after my morning recce and start fishing about 12 but when I got home a roast was in preparation so I thought sod it (for the second time of the day!) I’ll have some of that and go afterwards. Eventually started fishing about 2.15 and for the first half hour not a lot happened as I struggled to keep the float still in the wind. After that the wind dropped a bit though and in the next hour I had 5 perch 3 of which were certainly over the pound mark and the other 2 still comfortable netters whilst I also missed 2 more bites whilst day dreaming. Then the next hour saw the skimmers rock up with 2 relatively small but still netters to start with then 3 big ones ranging from 1-2lb then the last fish (along with 2 more missed bites) was a whopper hybrid of certainly over well over 3lb after which I packed up at about 4.45. Would have fished on a bit longer but a crowd had amassed at the station behind to watch the flying Scotsman go past so thought I’d join in. So all in all not as good a catch rate as the session a couple weeks ago or the other session in this swim last year (partly down to my day dreaming bite missing!) but a cracking average size again with probably a pushing 15lb bag largely down to the big hybrid. Wish I’d skipped the roast and gone earlier tbh but never mind.

Tackle wise last weeks session in the wider swim was perfect for the acolytes as I needed it’s great casting and bite hitting ability given it requires accuracy at a reasonable range plus I had open water to steer the fish into away from the bite zone so didn’t need any power. Today however was very short range fishing so I went for the 13ft Cadence CR10 #1 (paired with a 3000 CS4 loads with 3lb maxima) as I didn’t need to cast or much in the way of bite hitting ability (can’t blame the rod for the 4 shockers I missed!) yet it’s extra power would enable me to land the fish a bit quicker so to theoretically not trash what was a very small swim although not sure it made a huge amount of difference as still had fair waits between bites. Also changed float from my usual drennan loaded crystal inserts to a visiwag as whilst the bands on them are pointless at any sort of range I thought they could be useful for reading lifters at close range although didn’t actually get any lifters. The hook to nylon had also been scaled down a bit from last time’s 18 to 2lb drennan silverfish one to an kamasam b520 18 (more a 20 in reality) to 1.75lb as I expected it to be harder today as it turned out. This was set up slightly overdepth in about 4ft of water and hookbait was single red maggot over loose feed of red maggots and casters over Blake baits bream multi match (formerly strawberries and bream) groundbait.

So all in all whilst not as good as last time out on the canals mega haul (doubt it ever will be again) or even the last session I had in todays swim it was still pretty successful with quality if not quantity. The hybrid in particular was a belter! Was pretty cool seeing the flying Scotsman go past as well. Next session will be next weekend and that’ll either be back on the canal or on a commercial depending on where the winds is coming from and how strong it is although might do a day on each as the forecast looks fairly decent. No idea how it’s ended up such a waffly report for such a short session though so apologies for that!

Pic of the swim, a couple perch, a couple skimmers, the hybrid which was a sod to get a pic of and of course the flying Scotsman.

1647199331406.jpeg

1647199351779.jpeg

1647199406602.jpeg

1647199432497.jpeg


1647199454983.jpeg

1647199472005.jpeg
 

PJ Rothwell

Regular member
Joined
Jul 13, 2019
Messages
419
Great angling as always. Your writing style is great and provides a good read, always enjoy your debriefs. I hope you get on the stillwaters during the break, whilst they are different to running water natural venues they do offer a different challenge! Looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures :)
 

Silverfisher

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
13,068
Great angling as always. Your writing style is great and provides a good read, always enjoy your debriefs. I hope you get on the stillwaters during the break, whilst they are different to running water natural venues they do offer a different challenge! Looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures :)
Thank you mate that’s very kind of you to say 👍🏻

I will indeed be on some Stillwaters soon. Will be commercials whilst it’s still a bit chilly then once we get some warmer weather I’ll be on the reservoirs/big natural style lakes 🙂
 

PJ Rothwell

Regular member
Joined
Jul 13, 2019
Messages
419
Thank you mate that’s very kind of you to say 👍🏻

I will indeed be on some Stillwaters soon. Will be commercials whilst it’s still a bit chilly then once we get some warmer weather I’ll be on the reservoirs/big natural style lakes 🙂
Best of luck and keep up the good work.
 

Peter

'Mugger'
Staff member
Site Supporter
Joined
Sep 18, 2001
Messages
24,757
Yet another excellent report on what was a very decent session considering its short duration.
Well Done. :upthumb:
 

Silverfisher

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
13,068
Yet another excellent report on what was a very decent session considering its short duration.
Well Done. :upthumb:
Thank you was very decent indeed wish I was there longer! I was thinking I’d catch more fish but smaller fish in todays swim as that’s what it was like last time I fished that swim in the summer (a pair of couple pound skimmers then lots of 3-6oz fish back then) so was surprised to catch such a good stamp again today. Just seems the bigger fish really congregate in that marina in winter to early spring.
 

Zerkalo

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Jul 4, 2019
Messages
16,707
The stamp and number of fish you've been catching from the canal amazes me. Very impressive stuff. Catches like this were unheard of when I used to fish canals so well done on another good session.
 

Silverfisher

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
13,068
The stamp and number of fish you've been catching from the canal amazes me. Very impressive stuff. Catches like this were unheard of when I used to fish canals so well done on another good session.
Thanks mate 👍🏻

It amazes me as well! They just really pack into the marina in late winter and spring and will probably be there until end of April.
 

Paul_T

Active member
Site Supporter
Joined
Sep 15, 2020
Messages
75
Good to see you manged to get out in the end after the disappointing session on the Thames; looks like a nice bag of fish for a short session.

I wonder how Medley fished today, we had a frost this morning in Tring so was likely a degree cooler in Oxford. The chub probably had a munch instead of the bream that fed on Saturday. Wish I was there now for a few last casts.....
 

Silverfisher

Regular member
Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 10, 2019
Messages
13,068
Good to see you manged to get out in the end after the disappointing session on the Thames; looks like a nice bag of fish for a short session.
Thanks mate it really is fishing well atm. Plan to commit a full 6-7 hour session to it next weekend as even last time out was only about 5 hours let alone this little session. Sods law it won’t fish then but can only try!
 
Top