An unexpected work-related call and the importance of getting your priorities right plus I still managed to cast a line anyway

On this occasion though, due to the fact it’s well after 8.00 p.m. before it gets dark, I was able to fulfil both my responsibilities and my leisure pursuits.

I was on the Staffordshire/Worcestershire Canal fishing with an hour and twenty minutes of light still left.

I float-fished a couple of maggots on a size 14 hook over brown crumb and maggots in the boat channel.

It was very slow but I did get a few plucks, and then the waggler sailed away, and for a couple of seconds I was connected to a very good fish.

However, the hook parted company with the creature and that was that.