WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE AND NOT A ROD TO CAST (Tench) – Blog entry 628

With four days away on Champions League duty with The New Saints in Hungary, my angling was again seriously affected this week. Following on from a similar fishing-fast in the Faroe Islands, to slightly change the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, it was another example of water, water everywhere and not a rod to cast. In this instance there was actually a lake on the doorstep of the hotel the team stayed in.

Water, water everywhere and not a rod to cast
The view from my hotel window

With SBS Baits being Hungary-based it’s a timely opportunity for a blog featuring the company. I asked Daniel Novak to translate a sentence for me from English into Hungarian. This was for the page I write in the TNS matchday programme, which in this instance was welcoming the Videoton fans as they visited Park Hall for the first leg.

SBS in the Champions League
SBS in the Champions League

I gave SBS and Dan a mention – I wonder how many angling companies have been in a Champions League football programme? I think this could be a world-first! Anyway, moving on from the football and onto the fishing. Again I was focused on a species and this time round it’s tench.

SBS ready to go for the session
SBS ready to go for the session

Make sure you watch the video that accompanies the blog as I go through the bait products in that. As you can see, I caught a few fish and had great fun in just a few hours in a short evening session. It doesn’t matter what category we place ourselves in as anglers, ultimately it has to be about enjoyment.

A tench on the bank
A tench on the bank

I’ve become a big fan of the Flumino groundbait range since I first started using it about a year ago. It’s definitely a quality product but at a good price. Depending on how you mix it, like any groundbait of course, it can either form a cloud in the water or get to the bottom pretty quickly. As I was fishing hard on the deck, I mixed mine quite firm.

There's a cow in my swim
There’s a cow in my swim

Fishing a quiver tip rod I had some great action from the fish. Obviously there are times when you catch something that you weren’t after, say a big roach but on carp gear that doesn’t really give the fish a chance, but when it is a fish caught by design on balanced tackle it always gives maximum pleasure.

I do enjoy tench fishing, they're a great species
I do enjoy tench fishing, they’re a great species

It was a very wet day, and at 12C considerably cooler than the 43C I had experienced just two days before in eastern Europe. However I am a great believer in not letting the weather affect your fishing. Sun, rain, snow, wind or hail – just go anyway. Obviously we need to choose venue and species wisely but the bottom line is you’ll never catch sitting at home.

Camcorder ready for some action
Camcorder ready for some action

I’m always on the look-out for what’s going on in the natural world around me and on this particular trip I saw a hobby in flight. I do see them occasionaly on this venue and although I wouldn’t necessarily fish somewhere just to see something it is definitely an attraction when you know that there’s a good chance that something in particular may show.(Published July 25 2015)

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