I managed to get out twice in the week after work (thank you British Summer Time), and for the best part of the day today, with dad joining me on each occasion. The after-work sessions were spent targeting roach on the canal with breadflake, swapping between the lift-method and a conventional waggler set up. Though I did catch a few nice fish on it, my catch rate doubled once I ditched the lift-method in favour of a slow sinking flake. With the water so clear and both fish and weed growth plentiful, the roach seemed to want to intercept falling bait rather than rummage through the mash feed sitting on the bottom.
Each evening I took fish to about a pound, but I do think there is a possibility of fish considerably larger from the stretch we fished. I don't have a great deal of evidence to support that notion, but there are healthy numbers in the 6-12oz bracket, and scraper pounders are not especially rare. I will keep making the odd visit and if I can surpass my current canal best roach of 1lb 5oz, I will be very pleased.
Today, we had a longer session. I fished a pole for the first time in ages, hoping for a canal tench, with an approach of groundbait, casters and chopped worms. I persevered for some time, but there were no signs of my target species. Brief excitement was provided by way of a 1lb skimmer (common) bream and an eel, which fortunately slipped the hook. Otherwise, my catch consisted mostly of silver bream to six ounces or so, whilst dad landed a lovely perch of well over a pound and a half. I expect the fishing to pick up more once the weather settles a bit, then it would be nice to connect with a few slippery green elastic-stretchers (tench, not eels!).