I’VE LEFT IT VERY LATE THIS WEEK (Tench) – Blog entry 627

For 626 consecutive Saturdays I have published an angling blog, well this week I have only just about manged to extend that to 627. In fact, even as I write this I’ve just got back from a session and the clock is fast ticking down to midnight. However, with minutes to spare I’m going to make it. It’s a good job I can rustle up a blog entry pretty quickly.

My catalogue pose with Nicky John
My catalogue pose with Nicky John

The reason that I am all last-minute this week is because I’ve been tied up (in the nicest possible sense of the expression) with my other life, the world of football, that has really come to the fore in the last year. My involvement with the champions of Wales, The New Saints, is demanding more and more of my time. I’m not complaining though, far from it, I’m just working out a balance with everything that’s all.

Back to where it all started in 2003
Back to where it all started in 2003

This last few weeks has been particularly busy with Champions League football on the agenda. This last week saw the TV cameras at Park Hall and it was great to see my friends from Sgorio for the first time this season including presenter, Nicky John. She said that’s my catalogue pose in the photo. Sgorio, by the way, is the Welsh equivalent of Match Of the Day. That’s probably the best way to describe it.

Moove over and go and bother an udder angler
Moove over and go and bother an udder angler

Anyway, before I leave for Hungary and four days out for another Champions League fixture, I set off for an evening on the venue where my angling blog began all those years ago. I even targeted the same species, and even though I left it late, I managed to avoid my first ever blog-blank by banking a few tench.

Not big but not small either, a nice tench
Not big but not small either, a nice tench

The fish weren’t massive, but remember, you can only catch what’s in front of you. However, they really put up a fight and so what they lacked in size they more than made up for with effort. On arrival I had a very curious herd of cows gather around me. They were no problem though other than one particular animal who seemed to have an obsession with getting to the rod.

Returning a fish back to its watery home
Returning a fish back to its watery home

I was fishing a very light leger set up with a 1/3 ounce free-running lead. The line was 6lb straight through to a size 10 hook and the hook-length was created by nipping on a small shot and a 5mm bead about eight inches from the hook. Bait was a single grain of corn and this was fished over corn and SBS Flumino groundbait with a good measure of SBS corn steep liquor added to the mix.

Not a catalogue pose, but a nice fish
Not a catalogue pose, but a nice fish

I really enjoyed myself and walking back to the car I thought I need to do this again very soon. I fish gravel pits with much bigger tench in them but ultimately angling has to be about enjoyment and that always has to be the key factor. So, as they say, watch this space. To keep up to date with my angling and football stuff, why not give my personal Facebook page a ‘like’ or follow me on Twitter. (Published July 18 2015)