DON’T GET CHASING A DEAD OSS (Lake tench) – blog entry 578

It’s been ages since I’ve been tench fishing. Well I suppose in actual time, just a few months. But for someone who fishes a lot as I do, a lot of water has passed under the bridge since I last wet a line for the species. With the desire to pursue them once more bubbling away nicely, I dusted down the gear and headed off to a lake that is a particular favourite of mine.

Always good to get the first fish of the week
Always good to get the first fish of the week

I’ve fished it for a number of species, including tench, and like so many places I fish, I never come away with multiple catches. The ones I do bank though are usually a pretty decent size. As you can see from the accompanying video, in the first two sessions I netted just one tench per outing, but they definitely fitted the quality-over-quantity bill that I prefer.

Sunsets are a great part of the angling adventure
Sunsets are a great part of the angling adventure

Doing overnighters, many anglers would say that’s not a particularly good return in terms of rod hours per fish. But, as we know, every water is different and you have to pitch your expectation level accordingly. Plus I got the impression that the venue isn’t fishing that well. The fact I had the place to myself on both nights, in the summer, was very unusual.

The second tench of the week, followed by two blanks
The second tench of the week, followed by two blanks

It’s often ‘bivvy city’ as far as the carp anglers are concerned, and on my next two overnight visits, that took in the weekend, to find only one vehicle on the car park on each occasion was amazing really. Arriving quite late, I expected to struggle to find a place to park. Instead it was quite the opposite. And as you can see from the video, it was hardly surprising that the anglers were staying away. I struggled, with just one hook-pull at the net to show for my endeavours.

Arriving late, but better late than never
Arriving late, but better late than never

Always up for the challenge though, I decided to continue with the lake. Like life in general, there is a difference between being stubborn and sticking with something, and as far as our angling is concerned, we need to know the difference. The last thing we want to be doing is, as they say in the Black Country, chasing a dead oss. But if it’s just about the challenge, that’s fine. Oh, and especially for the benefit of those outside the UK, an ‘oss’ is a horse.

The final tench of the blog
The final tench of the blog

My fifth, and final, overnighter of the week looked like going the way of the previous two. However at first light, the 2x 10mm boilies (M2) were picked up by a fish and I ended up banking a tench to see the blog out with. It wasn’t a massive fish but that didn’t matter – after two fish-less outings I was more than happy to get one in the net. It’s about being realistic. When the going is tough even one fish is a result. And finally, if you’ve ever wondered how to prepare pigeon conditioner seeds, check out the video. (Published August 9 2014)