Early season tench trip

Fri 15 May 15


I received an invite to fish a prolific tench venue which involved a 400 mile round trip but it was definitely worth it.
On arriving at the lake after dark I knew I wouldn’t be fishing properly until the morning. I still need to re-spool my reels and make rigs.

A couple of hours after arriving at the lake I started to have an allergic reaction to something and drove myself to hospital to get checked and sorted. I arrived back at 2am to set up the best I could. I just flung the lines out randomly and knew once light I could get fishing effectively.

I found a good area at about 60yds which had had fish rolling on it that morning and began to bait it with Hinders hemp, Hinders Little Gemz, dead and live maggots, CC Moore’s Belachan stick mix, Hinders Hemp Oil and Betalin and Black and CC Moore’s Feedstim.

After all the commotion I managed one fish of 8.5lb. I continued to work the swim during the day but sadly did not manage to pick up any other fish.

It wasn’t until 5am on my second morning that things kicked off properly. I went on to land six more tench. I kept topping the bait up and kept getting takes. The best bit was hooking a 6.6lb tench and then moving one of the other rods out of the way to stop the line getting in the way. Straight after doing this the other rod bent over and line began peeling off.

I struck into what felt like a good fish and called for help from my mate Dan. I handed him the tench which went 6.6lb and proceeded to play what felt like a very good tench. I eventually became apparent it was not a tench but a huge common carp, later to find out a PB of 35.1lb.

All fish were taken on Sonik SK3 2lb tc rods with the Sonik FS 6000 Black Reels, 12lb Gardner Pro Light Blend Line, Gardner Plummet Leadcore, Drennan Large Maggot Feeders covered in camo tape to reduce the release of maggots and disguise them. Used a helicopter set up with Gardner Target range and Gardner Target 8lb Fluorocarbon Hook link.

Bait – dendrobaena and Enterprise buoyant fake maggot on a hair dipped in either Betalin and Black or Feedstim.

Finally tally – Tench – 6.6, 6.10, 6.11, 6.13, 7.3, 7.8, 8.5

Carp 35.1 – New PB

One of my best early season tench sessions. Looking forward to another visit.

Tight Lines

Andy Loble


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