Although The Water Temperature Continues To Fall, I Continue To Catch, And That’s What Counts

I do embrace change very easily, and I’ve seamlessly adapted to my current lifestyle of waking early so I can go fishing, before getting on with the rest of the day.

In fact, so much so that I don’t even have to set the alarm clock. I’m awake at the right time every morning, and it’s not even as if I’m cat napping during the night, because I’m thinking about rising early.

Now that I’ve moved house, I’m even closer to the Staffs/Worcs Canal than I was before, and that’s where I fished today.

The water temperature – as you can see from the heading – continues to fall and this morning it was 8C, down from 8.7C and 10.3C respectively on my two previous sessions.

However, as you can also read in the title, I continue to catch. The first fish was a roach but it also had a slight look of bream to it.

Whether it was a hybrid or not, though, I was off the mark, and that was the important thing. I also went on to catch perch, which were my target species.

I fished by a brick structure, which as I’ve mentioned in numerous blog entries recently, is an ideal feature to target.

As the brickwork went straight to the bed of the canal, I had deeper water immediately in front of me, and the fish were caught just inches from the bank.

I only had an hour, and although it was raining, I didn’t take an umbrella but just sat there alongside the canal.

I really enjoyed the session, and now that we head into winter, I enjoy the challenge of fishing at this time of the year.

I fished with a Greys G Lite spinning rod (4-8lb) and a Shimano DL2500FA reel. 

Maxima Chameleon 4lb line went straight through to a Drennan Super Specialist size 16 hook.

The hook length was created by a 5mm bead and a size 6 shot. The lead was a 1/4 ounce bomb. 

I fed brown crumb and mixed maggots and the fish were caught on a combination of single and double maggot.


  1. Hi Stewart.

    Thoughts on lighter tackle? Think going size 20 hook and 2lb hook length would make a difference and land a few extra fish? Or do you stay heavier so if you do hook a better fish, that you have every chance of landing it?

    1. Hello, Dan. The reasoning exactly! In fact, in the last but one fishing blog entry I mentioned that in the video.
      I’ve had some big perch and chub over 6lb from there and my personal preference is if I catch something I want to land it, even if it means sacrificing lots of smaller fish along the way.