Trying to catch Perch on lures.

Well today was one of those rare days where I had an afternoon to myself. So yep you guessed it, I decided to go fishing! Well I say ‘afternoon’ I had from 1.00pm til 6.00pm to get some fish on the river bank. Not long really, but surely long enough to get a few.

A photo of the Great Ouse river bank.

The River Great Ouse

The mornings weather started off over cast and quite warm, not bad I thought that will do nicely. But by the time 1.00pm rolled around the cloud had unfortunately cleared and the sun had popped his hat on (bugger). But not one for being defeated easily I got my kit together and started the trek across the fields to an inlet pipe on my local stretch of the Great Ouse. This holds a lot of fry and smaller bits at this time of year which quite often attracts the Perch.

Lots of life in the river Ouse.

The first thing I noticed when I looked in the water was the amount of fish swimming about the inlet pipe (got to be a good sign I thought) People are always saying about the Crayfish eating all the Fish eggs and there isn’t that many fry about any more. That surely wasn’t evident here, in fact it was nice to see just how healthy and full of life the river was.

There was one thing that made me sad, and that was a very young moorhen who had lost its family and was desperately trying to swim back up stream to re unite with them. You can’t help but think a hungry Pike was going to lunge out the water any minute. But after a 20 minute battle against the current and endless chirping the mum finally heard the cries and rushed him back to the safety of the reeds.

You cant beat being on the river bank.

As I was setting up, looking around me made me realise how lucky we are to have such nice Rivers around us. During my short time on the river bank I noticed Herons, Ducks, Moorhens with young, Coots, a Kingfisher, a Grass Snake, Dragonflys all different colours, Crayfish (hmmm not so good) Buzzards and Red Kites circling above. A Wren, Swans, Baby Rabbits playing in the long grass, and a Deer that got spooked in the field opposite, the River bank truly is a Magical place.

As I was just attaching my Curly tail grub to my line a Perch started striking at the little fry on the surface, another good sign I thought. Maybe the weather wont be against me after all. After about an hour of casting and several different lures I finally got my first bump. Not that I managed to catch it but it was a promising sign.

A photo of my favourite fishing spot.

Looking down stream

Certainly not a monster.

Next cast and I finally make contact with my first fish of the day! By any account it wasn’t a monster, it was a Perch about 6″ long, it certainly wasn’t going to break any records but it was such a perfect little fish, size really didn’t matter. Next few casts provided me with two other fish about the same size, then it went all quiet again.

It was now 3.30pm and the sun was beaming down on the water. I was now regretting leaving my polarized glasses on the side at home, and was wishing the sun would disappear for a few hours. Just at that moment I got a nice little thump on my little Savage gear fat vibe lure. The Fish really didn’t want to come in though. It took me into the reed bed just down stream, and I had no way of stopping it. Unfortunately I never saw it again, it seemed to be a Pike around the 8lb mark.

It isn’t always about catching Fish.

All went quiet again til about 5.30pm when I had another three little Perch on the Curly tail grub. All in all not the most productive days fishing I have ever had, but the weather and the crystal clear water was certainly against me. I think I done well to tempt anything at all on to the bank. There’s always next time, and after all it isn’t always about the catching. Just being down by the River is some times good enough……..


A photo of a small Perch on the river bank.

Perfection in miniature

Upstream of my favourite fishing spot.

The view up stream

A small stripey Perch.

Size doesn’t always matter

Categories: Fishing blogs.


WomensGlobalVA · July 21, 2017 at 2:02 am

For someone that has never been into fishing, I really enjoyed your writing. It felt like I was reading a novel that gave me a full experience like as if I had been there fishing right with you. The details you give are captivating. I like your use of visuals too. Sounds like a wonderful time.

Vic Lees · August 9, 2017 at 7:49 pm

Wow—great post—felt just like i was there with you.
are you a professional angler?-or just a great past time like myself.I really loved the great pictures of that whopping catch you made-must of taken all day to haul that puppy in.
Really great site–very informative and easy to read and understand.I am disabled now and really miss getting out there and catching the big one….. thanks for giving me that feeling again….great job!

    Stuart Bowler · August 9, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Cheers Vic, glad you liked it.

christopher · August 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm

This is a really relaxing article to read! As I try to place myself in your shoes, I envision the sound of the river moving, birds chirping, and the wind blowing slightly through the trees.
It is quite impressive that you can distinguish between all of the different creatures, whether they be in the air, on land or in the water.
I like how you ended the article, talking about how it isn’t always about catching fish, but more about being down by the river and out in nature!

    Stuart Bowler · August 29, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Cheers Chris, i’m just happy to be out in the countryside. You can’t beat it!

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