Tench anglers - What are your tactics this year?

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Hello again men, {ta Total} when fishing my local estate lake I can get away with a fairly light {Milo deep blue match} float rod and
four pound maxima but say the RM it`s a Wilson specialist and five pound out of necessity. I know it sounds daft but I am quite happy
catching modest sized tench and being able to use lighter tackle rather than slugging it out, I doubt if there is a single angler on here
who agrees with me but fishing for me is about finesse.

I found the JW specialist on the bank years ago, despite enquiries never found the owner, poacher I suppose. It`s ten times better
than the JW avon which everyone at that time raved about.
 

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Hello again men, {ta Total} when fishing my local estate lake I can get away with a fairly light {Milo deep blue match} float rod and
four pound maxima but say the RM it`s a Wilson specialist and five pound out of necessity. I know it sounds daft but I am quite happy
catching modest sized tench and being able to use lighter tackle rather than slugging it out, I doubt if there is a single angler on here
who agrees with me but fishing for me is about finesse.

I found the JW specialist on the bank years ago, despite enquiries never found the owner, poacher I suppose. It`s ten times better
than the JW avon which everyone at that time raved about.
I've always preferred catching tench of 1 to 3lbs on a float rod, to sitting it out behind a bite alarm for a bigger fish.
 

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Anglers Paradise has some cracking Tench fishing? Not sure about the day ticket lakes mind you?
For some reason Anglers Paradise doesn't appeal to me for tench fishing. I think it's a bit too commercial, especially with a lake in the shape of a tench, which is a bit gimmicky.
 

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Hi mate, I see you're in Hastings too. Are you a member of any of the local clubs at all? Some good ones in some of thier waters. Also the RM canal has some big uns apparently.
does maggotdrowners allow naming waters? I can't remember, anyway;
harmers apparently is an extremely difficult pond to fish for anything
buckshole reservoir doesnt seem to have any tench
harold road reservoir might have some tench but it's overwhelmingly carp and the last time I fished it I had to endure 3 hours of drunken chavs screaming at their girlfriends, nasty to watch
ecklesbourne reservoir still closed and probably will be for the next decade
wishing tree doesnt seem to have any tench, mainly just stuffed with carp
saunders and rye nook seem to have some big tench but both are closed
the beeches looked like it might be a winner, apparently lots of small tench packed into a small pond, fished it 4 times so far and blanked every time
iden wood apparently has a lake just for tench fishing which is... closed
brede river and RMC both have great tench but, closed season
so yeah not really sure what to do
 

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does maggotdrowners allow naming waters? I can't remember, anyway;
harmers apparently is an extremely difficult pond to fish for anything
buckshole reservoir doesnt seem to have any tench
harold road reservoir might have some tench but it's overwhelmingly carp and the last time I fished it I had to endure 3 hours of drunken chavs screaming at their girlfriends, nasty to watch
ecklesbourne reservoir still closed and probably will be for the next decade
wishing tree doesnt seem to have any tench, mainly just stuffed with carp
saunders and rye nook seem to have some big tench but both are closed
the beeches looked like it might be a winner, apparently lots of small tench packed into a small pond, fished it 4 times so far and blanked every time
iden wood apparently has a lake just for tench fishing which is... closed
brede river and RMC both have great tench but, closed season
so yeah not really sure what to do
I'm not a member of Clive Vale so can't comment on thier waters. As far as I'm aware Harmers had a few Tench years ago but pretty much non existant there now. As you say though a hard water for any decent fish. Wishing Tree is good if you want your string pulled by half decent carp but again very carp orientated as is Buckshole.

I’ve heard that The Beeches is good but as I say I'm a member of Hastings and Bexhill which do have two members only lakes which can be very good for Tench if you bought a membership?
I've heard that the River Brede can be good for Tench in places?
I'm thinking of possibly getting a Clive Vale ticket next season.
 

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I'm not a member of Clive Vale so can't comment on thier waters. As far as I'm aware Harmers had a few Tench years ago but pretty much non existant there now. As you say though a hard water for any decent fish. Wishing Tree is good if you want your string pulled by half decent carp but again very carp orientated as is Buckshole.

I’ve heard that The Beeches is good but as I say I'm a member of Hastings and Bexhill which do have two members only lakes which can be very good for Tench if you bought a membership?
I've heard that the River Brede can be good for Tench in places?
I'm thinking of possibly getting a Clive Vale ticket next season.
I haven't heard of those two lakes, I'll give it a better look, happy to cough up membership money, thanks for the heads up!

brede is lovely but it's a damn long stretch of river, you really have to spend the time finding good spots, I would say raking the swimm prebaiting etc. is a good idea, it's a lovely quiet river but the banks are steep, I haven't tried tench fishing on it yet
 

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I'm fishing on Wednesday a mate has invited me to one of his club ponds which has plenty of tench n bream I'm guessing if there are lily's or weed beds ill find the tench around those method will very much depend on on what I find when I'm there. Be nice to catch a tench or two been 12 months since the last one.
 

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Early morning or late evening short session fishing on the float with prawn, bread, corn, chickpea, meat or maggots.
If all day, no problem using double specialist with alarms on a pod with boilies / method.
 

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No tench specialist by any means, apparently my two local lakes contain them but I've never caught one and never seen anyone catch one from either of them. However I will be targeting them, so it'll be a mix of float fishing with the lift method and failing that a helicopter rig, probably fished with maggots, also targeting the big roach in the lakes so hopefully it'll be a versatile setup for both.
 

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I'd love to get a few Tench on the float and it is possible at the place I'm going to go, just that I didn't get any and they all fell to the feeder the one and only time I fished it, which was end of May last year. I have another venue I'm on the waiting list for club membership for that I might be able to catch on more traditional waggler or lift tactics. I'd say Tench season although not formal or set in stone is late Spring/early Summer when the rivers are closed, that's why I only had one Tench session last year, it was end of May and so only a couple of weeks before I could concentrate on rivers again.
 

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The best tench water I know is also home to millions of rudd, which will attack any hookbait the second it hits the water.
So my tactics will be waggler with a hair-rigged 12mm hard pellet, fished over a bed of hemp and 3mm pellets.
It is also very weedy, which is great. Good for the fish, and puts many anglers off.
 

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Suddenly realised that my early morning session plan might be better changed for an evening session. The water will have all day to warm up and I can get set up and sort my baiting/casting out in the daylight and have bait in the swim ready for when/if they switch on.
Also get a lie-in and a proper breakfast, and can sort my gear out in the morning instead of the day before.

So far on this venue I have only done early 7/8am to about 5pm and things never really seem to kick off feeding wise, but what movement there is dies off mid afternoon. Guess it can't be any worse :LOL:
 

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Caught 3 Tench today, my first this season.
First one was around 2lb, second was 4lb 2oz and the third around the 3lb mark.
It started off really slow today. I fished a cage feeder with krill groundbait some 3mm halibut pellets mixed in and some dead maggots sandwiched in the feeder. Hookbait was dendrobeana tipped with a dead red.
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Thankfully managed to get a Tinca today, after the obligatory bream and a surprise perch which went like a nut job
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All the fish took the same bait - literally the actual same bait as it was T rigged fake caster and it stayed on that rod all session 😂
 

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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
Will the hemp come out of the blockend feeder in a stillwater ? Maybe the maggots push some of it out or is the feeder emptying as it is reeled back in? I honestly don't know because I've never tried it but it may be worth experimenting by dropping a loaded feeder in the margins and seeing what happens.

Would a window feeder be more efficient if you want to put a bed of hemp down without using too much groundbait.

It's a long time since I last caught a tench. I'm looking forward to having the time to fish for them again at some point in the future.
 

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Will the hemp come out of the blockend feeder in a stillwater ? Maybe the maggots push some of it out or is the feeder emptying as it is reeled back in? I honestly don't know because I've never tried it but it may be worth experimenting by dropping a loaded feeder in the margins and seeing what happens.

Would a window feeder be more efficient if you want to put a bed of hemp down without using too much groundbait.

It's a long time since I last caught a tench. I'm looking forward to having the time to fish for them again at some point in the future.
I wondered about that last time i fished.

When I reeled in the feeder was empty. Maybe it was spreading the bait around a bit? But I got the feeling I would want to use hemp there again as I think it encourages the fish. Only a pinch of hemp in amongst the maggots but enough to give me confidence it worked.
 

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Hello again men, {ta Total} when fishing my local estate lake I can get away with a fairly light {Milo deep blue match} float rod and
four pound maxima but say the RM it`s a Wilson specialist and five pound out of necessity. I know it sounds daft but I am quite happy
catching modest sized tench and being able to use lighter tackle rather than slugging it out, I doubt if there is a single angler on here
who agrees with me but fishing for me is about finesse.

I found the JW specialist on the bank years ago, despite enquiries never found the owner, poacher I suppose. It`s ten times better
than the JW avon which everyone at that time raved about.

Not many Jehovah’s witnesses around these parts.

[canned applause] You’re welcome.
 
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