An Evening Angling Session On The Staffordshire/Worcestershire Canal

As always, you can follow the session via the video below. I also mention water temperature in there, and in particular, the importance of trend.

On this occasion, although the air definitely has a chill to it at the moment, the water is still well into double-figures – 13.8C to be precise.

That’s my first reading of the autumn and there’ll be more to come. It’s an important factor at this time of the year.

The rod I fished with was a 12’ Greys Prodigy TX and the reel was a Shimano DL2500FA, loaded with 4lb Maxima Chameleon. 

Joined by a loop-to-loop knot, there was a 12” length of Ultra Virage fluorocarbon 2.5lb line to a Drennan Super Specialist size 14 hook. 

The float was a Drennan 3BB crystal waggler. I fished with double maggot on the hook over brown crumb / loose maggots.


  1. I start my air/water temp readings on 1st Sept and generally take them on all sessions until the end of March. Exceptions being mainly if doing roving type fishing eg lure fishing or wandering the canal with deadbaits…

    My great fishing love is pike … and generally 90+% of my fishing Oct-March is (or more precisely was) for pike … however, in recent years with the warmer winters, my main piking has been starting later and later, and its usually into January before I ‘get my head down’, the reason being that for pike fishing I like the water temps to be below 7-8’C as that is when I find the fishing is best. So these days Oct-Jan has tended to be mostly targetting bream/perch although tench can also figure in the catches quite often with the odd pike session thrown in to ‘keep me a happy bunny!’ LOL.

    1. Nice one, Steve. I’ll be pike fishing as well soon. Busy work spell at the moment but looking at being out midweek somewhere.