Sunday 12th September, 06:15 - 08:45. Grand Union canal at Long Itchington.
I saw another dawn this morning and enjoyed it just as much as last Tuesdays. This time I was on the grand union canal trying to catch a ruffe in the fishing challenge I have on with my pals.
The canal looked good, steaming at first light:
I fished a pole with maggot and fed maggots and compost into the milky water.
I could see fish feeding and bubbling on the silt up by the lock and wondered whether they were bream. At seven o'clock a carp came clear out of the water and made significant ripples which spread out towards me.
Carp to over 30lb have been caught from this stretch.
I also saw a good number of roach and bream rolling on the surface throughout the morning.
About half an hour in and I started to get a few bites. I caught a steady stream of perch, all in mint nick. Half a dozen in all.
My last fish of the day before the boats started moving at eight o'clock was a roach bream hybrid.
All in all a jolly good start to the day.
By nine o'clock I was cutting back trees and brush at Jubilee with the Leamington work party.