GONE FULL CIRCLE (Tench) – Blog entry 629

Having done very little tench fishing so far this year, I find myself writing the third blog entry on the bounce dedicated to the species. That’s pretty much how my angling flows; as a solo angler I don’t have to fit in with the plans of another, I just go where my desires take me. With lots of venues, species and tactics all bubbling around in my mind, it’s pretty much whatever rises to the top. At the moment, it’s tench.

This week's venue
This week’s venue

In fact all three identical boxes of venue, species and tactics have been ticked in each of the blog entries. Legering for tincas on a Shropshire estate lake is how my angling time has been taken up of late. In fact, if you go back to the very beginning of my Angling Journal in July 2003, this is the place where it all started including the bait and species as well. After moving on in the intervening years you could say that I have come full circle.

One of the fish from session one
One of the fish from session one

My bait approach for the lake was Flumino groundbait and corn steep liquor (both from the SBS stable of products) with sweetcorn added and also fished on the hook. Fishing about three lengths from the bank in both sessions, my line was 6lb straight through, with a hooklength of about eight inches created by nipping on a small shot and a 5mm bead. The hook was a Drennan Specialist size 10 and hook was a single grain of sweetcorn – choosing one of the bigger grains for the purpose of hooking. The lead was 1/3 ounce and free-running.

A traditional estate lake with a boathouse
A traditional estate lake with a boathouse

Session one wasn’t ideal as far as summer tench fishing is concerned as it was a middle-of-the-day outing. However, as I was committed to other things at the break and the end, it was preferable to be on the bank when I was than not to fish at all. In addition, the day was overcast and there was a slight breeze that ruffled the surface so I figured I had a decent chance of a fish or two. And that I did, as well as connecting with tench I also banked small rudd. I enjoyed myself but was looking forward to the next session, when I could fish up to dark.

Groundbait mix ready to go
Groundbait mix ready to go

That came a day later, when in similar conditions I took the long walk to the lake from the car park. I did catch tench, but not as many as I would have liked. However you could say that about any session I guess; the key is to be content and happy just being out and about. There is something about being out there in the great outdoors, often catching fish is just the icing on the cake.

A tench from session two
A tench from session two

As well as tench I also had action from roach and rudd, which is not surprising when you consider I was fishing with a single grain of corn. Although I do tend to be very focused when it comes to targeting a species, I never have any issues when something else turns up. As I’ve often said, there’s no such thing as a nuisance fish in my book. Of course, it’s always nice to catch what you set out for but if another species gatecrashes the party it’s not an issue.

The smallest roach I caught
The smallest roach I caught

One of the rudd I banked was pretty decent as well, in fact it got me thinking I may even do some fishing for them on the venue. The problem that I have though is there are too many options floating around my mind and not enough days to fit them all in. So for as much as I would like to do some rudd fishing, they haven’t quite forced themselves into the reckoning yet. And with summer running out fast, time is passing them by.

Returning a nice rudd
Returning a nice rudd

If you’re wondering where I have been fishing in this week’s blog then check out the link HERE. It’s not a day-ticket venue and can only only be fished on the club card. The venue is also well-policed, from vehicles on the car park requiring stickers through to members knowing one another, so don’t try and chance it. You can always contact the club though and get your name on the waiting list, it’s definitely worth it. (Published August 1 2015)