I packed the car, had some lunch and deliberated about where to fish. I'd driven past one drain a couple of times during the week and the images of the drain in my mind were becoming a powerful magnetic pull and I convinced myself that there would be perch there waiting to be caught. Ah, the power of your imagination.
I arrived at the mentally selected venue and the sun peeped out from behind the clouds lighting up the drain in a way very similar to that scene in the church in The Blues Brothers. It's an omen for the perch thought the eternal optimist.
Three hours later and not a touch on any of the baits, lobworm, roach or plug. Not a touch, bump or even a bob of the float. It's time to break the gear down get into the car and head for another drain that is an absolute dead certainty. Or not.
After another half hour and although the whole area looked perfect the perch are elsewhere and that could easily be described or defined as where I'm not. Time for the nomadic perch fisherman to get on the road again.
Another venue closer to home, the worm is out against the far bank with the cheerful red float and a watery sun appears and disappears, the float bobs and runs away. Fish on, and a perch is netted, this time I have definitely cracked it there may only be an hour of light left but there'll be a lot more perch in that golden hour. Ever the optimist.
A gentleman enquires over his garden fence how I'm doing, I give him the story of the afternoon and he says come through the gate and fish off my little jetty, nobody ever fishes here. The water is quite deep when I plumb the depth so I fish under the rod top with a large worm, at this point I remember I've left my net on the other side of a briar mountain next to his fence and I decide that I'll land any fish I hook by hand. Ever the optimist again.
By the time I'd packed up and walked back to the car he and his family had gone out so I think I'll just have to drop him a bottle of wine in for his kindness and to oil the wheels for a return visit.
You see the sun does shine on the righteous.
Or maybe the Devil looks after his own?