Tench, a good start and a bad ending.

tincatim

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I’ve not had chance to fish since 15th May so today was the day where I’d get back to Darfield Pit Pond and hopefully catch a tench. I arrived at 7.15 and chose the same peg as last time, the one that @Geoff P recommended last time I was there. The lake had blossomed somewhat since last time, full reed beds and lily pads lined the 701BF42C-1C26-45B9-B954-BCF263657217.jpeg

I started with a hybrid feeder and banded 6mm wafter, cast to a foot off the big silver birch on the island, then set up my waggler rod. No indications on the feeder so I plumbed up two waggler lines. One around 20yds out in 5ft of water and one against the reeds in 3ft. I fished 4lb straight through to a size 16, and a 2g loaded Drennan crystal insert waggler. Luckily the Tippex I’ve had in my box for ten years still works, so marked the depths and started fishing the margin swim first.

Double red maggot on the hook and lightly fed micros, maggot and caster with a few grains of corn. It took about 10 minutes for the float to slide under and I struck into my first tench of the day 🥳

It put up a good scrap but I won this one, it weighed in at 3lb 8oz and I’d achieved my goal.
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I spent the rest of the session fishing the margins, with the occasional look on the longer line which produced a single skimmer. The reeds were where the fish wanted to be today, and over the next few hours I had another three tench, three decent bream, the biggest being 4.5lb.
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And about 40 Rudd and perch.
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So all in all a very enjoyable day in the sun... until my last cast! I hooked into something big that took off into the reeds, I couldn’t stop it and managed to snap my rod in half in the process.

Oh well, gives me a reason to buy a new one 😊
 

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Nice work pal, also nice to see Darfield a) looking nice and b) producing tench
well done

was it busy?
 

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I’ve not had chance to fish since 15th May so today was the day where I’d get back to Darfield Pit Pond and hopefully catch a tench. I arrived at 7.15 and chose the same peg as last time, the one that @Geoff P recommended last time I was there. The lake had blossomed somewhat since last time, full reed beds and lily pads lined the 701BF42C-1C26-45B9-B954-BCF263657217.jpeg

I started with a hybrid feeder and banded 6mm wafter, cast to a foot off the big silver birch on the island, then set up my waggler rod. No indications on the feeder so I plumbed up two waggler lines. One around 20yds out in 5ft of water and one against the reeds in 3ft. I fished 4lb straight through to a size 16, and a 2g loaded Drennan crystal insert waggler. Luckily the Tippex I’ve had in my box for ten years still works, so marked the depths and started fishing the margin swim first.

Double red maggot on the hook and lightly fed micros, maggot and caster with a few grains of corn. It took about 10 minutes for the float to slide under and I struck into my first tench of the day 🥳

It put up a good scrap but I won this one, it weighed in at 3lb 8oz and I’d achieved my goal.
A720A2BA-762E-48BC-BEA4-313C43836B84.jpeg
I spent the rest of the session fishing the margins, with the occasional look on the longer line which produced a single skimmer. The reeds were where the fish wanted to be today, and over the next few hours I had another three tench, three decent bream, the biggest being 4.5lb.
5C124695-4E22-4A02-A26F-043184292CF5.jpeg
D48C63B5-1FCA-4371-B79D-6E953ADE62D9.jpeg

616B7AC1-EF5E-49EE-8B43-D28AF269C9A8.jpeg
5F17DDF4-42C7-4A6D-A81C-994CA3039CFB.jpeg
And about 40 Rudd and perch.
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So all in all a very enjoyable day in the sun... until my last cast! I hooked into something big that took off into the reeds, I couldn’t stop it and managed to snap my rod in half in the process.

Oh well, gives me a reason to buy a new one 😊
There are some decent carp in there. Glad you finally found your tench
 

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There are some decent carp in there. Glad you finally found your tench
Thanks Geoff, it might well have been a carp that did the damage. According to the locals there’s carp up to 20/25/30lb in there (depending who you ask and if you believe them). Was going to give you a shout and tell you I was going but I only decided last minute.
 

tincatim

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Nice work pal, also nice to see Darfield a) looking nice and b) producing tench
well done

was it busy?
It’s a nice venue, looks so much better in summer. There was only two other anglers on the lake while I was there, one had caught nothing and the other had some tench and perch. There was a fair few people walking around with dogs and kids, but they didn’t cause any issues. Then the usual old boys telling their tales of monster fish. You know the kind.
 

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Brilliant session! Some great looking fish there! Shame about your rod though.
Yeah that was disappointing, it was a Browning 11ft pellet waggler rod that someone bought for me about 9/10 years ago. It’s done it’s time and owes me nothing. I’m looking forward to buying a replacement now.
 
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