Reasonably good Tench lake Essex /Herts /lea valley

Mchb

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hello .

This is my first engagement with a forum of any kind on any subject on any site on the worldwidewebernet so please accept my apologies if I have missed some etiquette around being nosey and expecting a response.

I am looking for reasonably good tench venues in the west Essex /East Herts/ Lea valley area that will provide a good chance of catching some fish up to 7-8 lb on day sessions . I am a member at fishers green and ready to self harm and face many blanks in the hunt for a double over the next season or two on hooks marsh/70 acres /Langridge but I’d like another venue or two that will give me a chance of some fish to keep the morale up occasionally!

it would be good to teach the kids about patience and planning whilst also letting them have some fun and catch a few tench this spring/summer .

any advice from anyone on this really would be appreciated and I would be even be ok with joining a club to access somewhere if it ticks the boxes . I live in Wanstead so anywhere within 35-60 mins drive is a possibility for me

If I can offer any advice in return I will try my best but given my lack of fishing over the last decade I may be of little use ..!

thanks in advance

Mike
 

squimp

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I used to fish extensively for tench in the Lea valley.

It sounds as if you know what you have let yourself in for if you take on Langridge Etc!

Lea Valley parks (or similar) run many of the pits these days and some are expensive. Nazeing meads is worth consideration and they do a day only ticket too.

I fished Friday lake a lot (Abbey Cross club) but I think it has mutated into a big carp water these days ? It produced a U.K. record tench once upon a time.

I’m out of date with current stocking - so I would recommend you call or visit (when allowed) the local tackle dealers, notably Johnson Ross as they are specialist oriented.

One left field suggestion; Walthamstow reservoirs ?? I’ve no idea on the tench prospects there but apart from the carp they hold really big bream....

Hope this helps.
 

Arry

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I don't know if it is still available to fish on a day ticket, but the North Met Pit used to be a good Tench water in years gone by
 

Mchb

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Thanks for the reply Squimp.
Much appreciated.

Nazeing Meads being day ticket is good to know and I think Friday Lake looks like a lovely place to fish so I will investigate those further . Good shout on Johnson Ross , I called them and the guy I spoke to was really helpful. And sometimes confirmation of what you already know helps at least close some doors you mentally leave ajar . eg; Langridge is a soul destroyer !!!

in regard to Walthamstow, I was already planning a trip over Easter as it’s just down the road to me. I will have to use carp gear to get out to the island on No1 and stay slightly refined on the business end of things. And I will have spod the life out of it to get them going it seems. A brave approach may be in order first time out on a big lake like No1.
There are a couple of shoals of good sized bream in there it seems and if the plan is right and the weather falls right I may have a chance of a double.
I need to work to the old ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ saying I think.

I have become a half full positive thinker this last year (which is odd for a long time pessimist!) so I will throw myself in to things and try and make the most of the limited sessions I will get over the coming months .
But most importantly I will try and enjoy it !!. I think a lot of the joy that we all got from our early fishing years gets lost as we age and I intend to try and recapture some of it by trying new places and new styles of fishing this season.

thanks again
Mike
 

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I don't know if it is still available to fish on a day ticket, but the North Met Pit used to be a good Tench water in years gone by
Hello Arry.

thanks for the attempt to help.
I will try and find out some more about north met as the tench will still be in there and as they aren’t targeted and are fed boilies by the half ton in there they should be of a good size if located .

cheers
Mike
 
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