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  1. Hi Stewart, Good Film that 39 steps, don’t forget Rear Window, another good Hitchcock film, Enjoyed the Bridgnorth video too as my Sister lives there just a 10 minute walk from Low Town,Lovely place to be in the Sunshine.

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    1. Hello, Jim.
      I’ll surprise you one of these days with Rear Window…
      Thanks, it’s a lovely place, as you know.
      It’s about 12 miles from where we live but they’re rural miles and it’s easy access.

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      1. Hi Stuart really enjoy your videos. Just getting back into fishing after a few years off. My wife is now working and has some 6/6.30 starts so am now taking my light lure rod and having an hour after dropping her at work before going to work myself. Had two sessions this week and so far no fish on the bank. This morning was quite enjoyable as I had a take right at my feet but lost the fish in the weed. Followed by a couple of other lost fish Better than no bites at all and I’m sure I’ll get into the fish soon. Fur me it’s more about being out in nature and enjoying the sights smells and sound catching is a bonus.

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        1. Hello, Stephen.
          Thanks for the comments, appreciated.
          That’s great to hear about the lure fishing.
          Although no fish yet, you’re doing something right and it will happen soon.
          Tight lines.

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  2. Hi Stewart, very much like yourself the perch has always been my favourite fish, however recently I have had a few lure caught Ruffe and it is fast becoming my new favourite fish. I love the vibrant colours on the Ruffe and the way it flares its gills in a defensive mode and becomes statuesque when you hold it. They are quite elusive in my local canal but I have had some success recently cutting sift plastic worms down so they will accomodate a size #12 hook. As you know they don’t grow very big, however I recall a YouTube video that you made around 6 years ago where you caught what was a monster for the species

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    1. Hello, Peter.
      Like you, perch are my favourite but I also have a soft spot for ruffe.
      I’ve enjoyed it when I’ve fished for them and it’s great to catch them by design.
      I’ve been lure fishing for them as well, brilliant isn’t it!
      Yeah, I’ve had some specimens over the years.

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    2. Hi Stewart, I’m intrigued by your set up in the most recent YouTube video. You mention that you have no shot on the line with the small Drennan float, so is the weight of the hook and bait enough to cock the float, or is it just lay flat on top of the shallow water?

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      1. Hello, Peter.
        To clarify, there’s no shot on the line other than the two around the float itself.
        It’s the line from the float I was referring to, can sound misleading.

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        1. Got it. I thought at first it was maybe a self cocking float, but I understand what you mean, the lower shot that you would space down the line below the float 👍

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  3. Hi Stewart

    I’m sure we’ve chatted before but my memory ain’t what it used to be! Or at least, I don’t think it is …

    I’m a member of GUGGS, the Grand Union Gobio Gobio Society, devoted to canal gudgeon. From tomorrow (Tuesday 23rd May) I’ll be based in Telford for a week, mainly fishing the Shroppie.

    While I’m up there, I’d like to take a look at the Monmouthshire Canal with a view to a longer trip to that water later in the year. Are there any gudgeon in it or would I be wasting my time and, more importantly these days, petrol? If there are some, where would be the best places to try?

    I know I could contact the relevant clubs but they tend not to take me seriously when I say that I’m targeting gudgeon!

    Neil

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    1. Hello, Neil.
      Yes, we communicated when you were interested in the Staffs/Worcs Canal.
      I don’t know about the Monmouthshire Canal, that’s some miles away in south Wales and I’ve never fished it.
      Do you mean the Montgomeryshire Canal?
      If so, I’ve fished it a lot on the way to work but always very short sessions and mostly lure.
      I’ve never strayed far from the car so I can keep an eye on everything.
      When I’ve fished with maggot I’ve had several species but never gudgeon.
      I’m afraid that’s about it as far as my own experiences are concerned.
      It’s a 100 mile round-trip from where I live and I’ve never fished it apart from tagging on to a work journey.
      Enjoy this week and hope you catch lots of gudgeon!

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      1. Thanks for replying, Stewart, and yes, I did indeed mean the Montgomeryshire Canal. I can’t even use lack of local knowledge as an excuse for the mistake as I’m a Wrexham boy originally!

        I’ll contact the relevant clubs to see if they can give me any useful info … once they’ve stopped laughing.

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        1. Hello, Neil. I guessed you meant the Montgomery.
          I’ve only fished a tiny section but I’ve seen it lots of times when I’ve been travelling to and from Newtown.
          It looks very picturesque.
          Prince Albert has the canal from Queens Head through to Berriew.
          I know what you mean. As a stickleback enthusiast, even many anglers don’t get it.

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  4. Hi Stewart, Some nice fishing there whilst you were away celebrating your Wedding Anniversary, I must say though that if I did that much fishing whilst the Wife and I were away on our Wedding Anniversary I’d been needing Knee replacement pretty sharpish 😂.. The photos of the Bullfinch are stunning, what a beautiful bird the Male Bullfinch.

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