The magic 'Ton' of Tench?


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Jul 4, 2019
I can cope with the walk but my mate would struggle,he can't walk to his front door without getting out of breath!!!!
He spends too long sitting behind his computer. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
There's a second gate right up by the wall so if there's two of you, you can unload the tackle there, you can't park there though.


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Aug 2, 2006
brilliant session Steve. Well done.
I presume the 40g feeder is for bolt effect and amount of feed, rather than casting distance?
How long a hooklength do you use on the helicopter?


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Jul 4, 2019
brilliant session Steve. Well done.
I presume the 40g feeder is for bolt effect and amount of feed, rather than casting distance?
How long a hooklength do you use on the helicopter?
Yeah it's just for the bolt effect. 40g Large Black Cap. I just use the Korum Ready Heli Rig kits and about a 5" hooklength. That's quite long for the rig compared to some variations of it I see, and 0.18 which is only just heavy enough to kick off the mainline, it means it gets twisted a few times in a session and you have to change it. Quite a crude looking contraption but seems to work.


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Mar 22, 2012
Wow! Well done mate, youโ€™ve absolutely smashed it there! Thatโ€™s a dream tench session for anyone, no matter how famous an angler. I can only dream of a day like that, great work.

Ian Red Redmond

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Jun 22, 2018
I got to my local estate lake, Himley Hall in Dudley for my usual time of 7am this morning. I was a bit sceptical to be fair and not the most excited I had been for a session after having a 'frustrating' day there a couple of days ago where I had 3 Tench in the morning before my swim died on me. It was a bit cooler overnight last night so I wasn't expecting too much. I had in my head that peg selection on this big (but not massive) lake was going to be key.

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As above, I plumped for peg 24. This is a peg about halfway between the shallows at 4' and the deeps at 8', so about 6' deep. I almost gambled going on the shallows but figured the deeps would be a gamble too after yesterday, so this was a happy medium was my thinking.

No signs of fish there when I arrived, but as I was setting up there was a load of fizzing on the 25m line. They fizz a lot when feeding at this place and always give themselves away like that by disturbing the weed, so that raised my hopes slightly.

Having been fishing from 7.30am I had my first bite at 8.23am. A nice Tench I had to weigh, it was 6lb 10oz.

1) 8.23am (6lb 10oz)

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A few more Tench followed as below.

2) 8.54am
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3) 9.20am
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4) 9.48am

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5) 9.56am

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So a decent start but would the peg die on me like it did yesterday? It was around the time I had the lovely Golden Tench above that the bailiff came round shouting to me, "did you see it?".

"No I've been busy catching Tench, had 5 already" I replied.
"That angler to your left has just had a 36lb Grass Carp and a 26lb Common" he said.

Now fair enough, that's something I would have liked to have seen, one of the lakes big Grass Carp that are reported to come out over 40lb.

Anyway, I was soon back to my own fishing after paying the ยฃ6.60 for a day ticket.

Among the next few fish was another nice Tench I had to weigh, this time it was 6lb 12oz. That was the last fish I'd weigh today and I think the biggest.

But to cut a long story short, the Tench didn't stop feeding as feared, and were actually ravenous all day as pictured below.

6) 10.12am
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7) 10.53am
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8) 11.35am
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9) 11.55am
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10) 12.38pm
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11) 12.47am
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12) 13.00pm
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13) 13.07pm
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14) 13.19pm
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15) 13.56pm
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16) 14.08pm
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17) 14.20pm
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18) 14.46pm
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19) 14.56pm
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20) 15.32pm
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21) 15.40pm
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22) 15.51pm
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23) 16.02pm
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24) 16.20pm
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25) 16.52pm
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26) 17.21pm

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27) 17.34pm
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So that was 10 hours fishing for 27 Tincas in total with only a smattering of Perch that I don't really count on a day like today.

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Now I want to apologise for the gratuitous amount of pics above, but after a day today I think it's a good way to document the session. My previous best from here was 13 Tench and I thought that was good, but the fish were also a good stamp, well conditioned fish, today with most being 4s, a good share of 5s and few 6s with only a couple of 3s. So by my estimate that's easily a 'Ton of Tench'.

I don't always document the tackle I use but might as well for posterity today. Greys 1.25lb TXL Twin Tip Rod, 6lb Maxima to 0.18 Stroft on a maggot feeder helicopter rig with a 40g Black Cap Feeder.

Other than that, I guess I am lost for words... easily my best Tench session and a proper red letter day!
I usually photograph all of my decent fish, including big Roach and even Gudgeon when fishing for any species. I think it's important to document your day(s) out and it's so much easier than winding on and focussing all day; then waiting 2 weeks for Supa Snaps to tell you your photos are all blurred! Nice hall of Doctors BTW ๐ŸŽฃ