Tench anglers - What are your tactics this year?

Zerkalo

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It's coming up to prime Tench season and some people are already reporting some nice Tench coming out.

So how are you going to fish for them this year?

I'm going to fish exactly how I did on my only Tench session last year, as follows...

Rig will be a helicopter rig using Korum Ready Heli Rig kits and 40g Kamasan Black Cap Feeder to aid the bolt effect.

Bait wise, I will make sure to pack some Hemp. I have a feeling this really encourages the fish to root around close to the feeder. And maggots will likely to be Red Maggots although I would ideally like a mix of Bronze and Reds with a few maggots on a size 16 or 14 Drennan Wide Gape Carp Hook.

I have a few rods I could use but it's likely to be my old and trusty Shakespeare Tetra Avon Specialist 11' rod. Reel will be a Preston Extremity 5000. A key thing with the reel will be to use a bait band as a clip as there are lots of big Carp in the venue and takes can be ferocious on a Heli Rig.

I will load the reel with 6lb Maxima and use a short 4' 0.18mm Stroft hooklength. Last year I felt as though I could tow a truck with this set up.

I don't feel as though there is any need for me to put a bed of bait down and I can rely on the feeder, but the key thing is finding a clear spot among the weed, last year passersby were commenting they could see the mud being kicked up where I was fishing by all the fish, I think I got very lucky finding a clear spot in the weed as the chap next to me couldn't fish a feeder because of the weed. I will also set up a waggler rod, but being a gin clear estate lake, I think you have to be a bit lucky to catch on the waggler line, but I'll see...

What are you're tactics and will you be going after Specimen Fish or like me, 3 to 6lb Tench?

An interesting thing to me last year, out of the 13 nice Tench I caught, all of them were female! I think they might have been on a Spawning Munch or something?
 
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melvyn

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As most of our club water contain some tench. i shall be using my usual tactics. 12 ft rod or pole fished into weedy reedy margins. 16 or 18 animal hook. A couple of red or white maggots. Normally catches a few.
 

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Looking forward to catching a few, no luck as yet.
As much as I'd like to use maggots or caster this usually catches lots of silvers. Having said that I have some dead maggots to use so will probably give them a go this weekend either mixed with gb on a method feeder or more likely a cage feeder.
Other tactics that proved successful in the past has been the more speci boilies approach. I've still got some pigeon conditioner kicking around from last year so that's an option. Lots of choice regarding bait options, one reason why I love Tench!
There are some new to me venues to try too when the river season is underway. Looking forward to hopefully having a good Tench season this year. Hope you all catch the Tinca of your dreams too 👍
 

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well, I've had 3 false starts so far, early rise to find car covered in frost & bright, clear skies... kiss of death for tench in clear water (the water I fish is very clear!)

But when we get a few milder nights & hopefully a more overcast day I'll be mostly fishing close range pole tactics with pellet and corn
seems to work very well for me

later on in the season when I've got a few under my belt, I'll probably switch to close range waggler, not as effective as the pole but I enjoy it a more
 

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Dyed in the wool tench angler here, quill at half cock. Any tench caught otherwise doesn`t count.
Sorry im going to use a driftbeater float with bulk on bottom no droppers just waiting for either a huge lift bite
It dont count if you catch before 16th June
 

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I'm lucky in that there don't seem to be too many silvers other than decent Roach on the lake I fish so I can get away with maggots. Of all my PBs I'm most happy with my 9lb Tench but that was fluked from the most unlikely commercial on maggot fishing for stocky Carp on a 8 elastic.
 

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tackle-wise, on the pole I'll be alternating two zones:

one at 6m in relatively open water using 11-14 KND hollow elastic, 0.14 Supples rig line to 0.12 Supplex hooklength & size 18 Drennan Silverfish Pellet, float will be a home made slim pattern (1.2mm hollow tip & 0.8mm glass stem) in either 0.2g or 0.4g depending on depth... swim thoroughly plumbed & float set at dead depth + 1 or 2" (again, depending on swim depth) and dotted down in case of crucians, but not so much I can't see it

alternate zone will be tight to margin lilies with 15-18 KND hybrid, 0.14 Supplex direct to 16 Silverfish Pellet, float will be a home made slim pattern - again (but these are 1.5mm tip & 1.0mm glass stem & built more robust), 0.1g size dotted down to a pimple


tench in this water range from 4-6oz recent stock up to 5lb+, but a good fish for a day would be 3-4lb
 

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Will be fishing a swing tip tomorrow with corn,maggots and worms. Trying to snare a couple of tench and bream.
 

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Tench tend to split up before spawning into groups of males and females. Then the males often turn up mob handed at the regular spawning sites before the females. The latter tend to hang about in deeper water waiting for the right water temperatures.

That might help explain why you tend to get runs of either males or females in springtime that are contingent with your swim choice.

My tench fishing won’t start for several weeks yet- I m waiting for the water to warm up.
 

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Tench tend to split up before spawning into groups of males and females. Then the males often turn up mob handed at the regular spawning sites before the females. The latter tend to hang about in deeper water waiting for the right water temperatures.

That might help explain why you tend to get runs of either males or females in springtime that are contingent with your swim choice.

My tench fishing won’t start for several weeks yet- I m waiting for the water to warm up.
Thanks for that! I had wondered if it was something to do with spawning. 😁 (y) I think it will hopefully be towards the end of May that I go, like you say, need the water to warm up a bit.
 

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Here's my plan for upcoming Tench sessions. However, If I'm as good at catching Tench as I am Barbel, take all this with a pinch of salt.

So, If my shoulder ever gets better, my plan is for a session down at Linear for a couple of days. If I can get on Oxlease, more the better. Two rods, one with a Helicopter rig with Maggots in a feeder. Popped up Maggots on the hook. Method with 2mm pellets on the other rod with a Pineapple wafter/boilie/corn on the hook. Fished just off any gravel bar I can find.

Then, just for a bit of fun, a lightish float rod down the margins last thing at night with corn.
 

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Not 100% decided what waters I am tench fishing yet. I hardly ever catch tench on the pole, despite using it to try and fish for them. It will probably be one rod on the feeder with worm and one rod on bomb and small pva nugget of casters. Will prime a close in spot and try on the pin & waggler.
 

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listen lads...

I've had over a year with no tench...
first chance I get I'll be there... whether the tench are out on the pull or not!!
Had 2 tench now from different ponds today tench came close in near weed bed with a few silvers on pole and maggot
 

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