NOT ALL HABITS ARE BAD ONES (TENCH) – Blog entry 632

For the sixth consecutive blog entry I’ve been targeting tincas, and as the headline implies, just because you are focused on something it doesn’t necessarily mean to say it’s bad. Some habits are good and the regular routine in recent weeks of heading for the estate lake has been something that I have really enjoyed.

The first catch of the week
The first catch of the week

On my opening session the first thing on the bank wasn’t a fish though but a mussel. As you can see in the video it was pretty impressive as well. They are very common in this particular venue and this one fancied a lead which it actually engulfed fair and square.

Ready to return
Ready to return

I just knew it was going to be a quiet session – you get a certain feel for these things don’t you. I managed rudd though prior to the actual capture of the single tench. As I often say, it’s a very fine line between ‘success’ and ‘failure’ when you’re out angling. I’ve lost count of the number of times just one single fish has rescued the outing, and often it’s been an impressive one at that.

The signs of late summer in the hedgerow
The signs of late summer in the hedgerow

Although we are still in August and therefore definitely summer, the signs that autumn is fast approaching are everywhere. Lake-side bramble bushes were bearing fruit – that’s blackberries to most people. Some tree leaves are already in the very early stages of turning colour. On the nature-front though, the highlight was still very much in the warmer months as a summer migrant, the hobby, tried to catch a dragonfly above the lake.

The only tench of the week
The only tench of the week

Back for the second outing, I fished a different peg. With just two vehicles on the carp park, I knew I had no difficulty in finding a decent spot. It’s one of those venues where, although you have a particular swim in mind when you set off from home, if it’s taken then it’s never an issue. It isn’t the sort of place where all the fish are in just one or two pegs. I’m happy to fish anywhere and on such a big venue that’s good news if it’s busy.

A small rudd going back
A small rudd going back

I didn’t blank, as I caught rudd and roach, but my target species eluded me. Fishing a quivertip set-up, the line was 6lb Maxima and the free-running lead was 1/3 ounce. A size 10 Drennan Super Specialist hook was sufficient for the single grain of corn. Corn and hemp went in with the groundbait mix to attract the fish into the swim and to keep them feeding.

Fishing with corn and plenty of roach action
Fishing with corn and plenty of roach action

As you can see from the video, I decided to call time on my tench mini-campaign. I have been getting the desire for other things anyway and with the tench activity definitely slowing down, it made sense. It’s been a long, long time since I did six consecutive blogs dedicated to one species anyway. What will I be after next week? I’m not sure at the time of writing but it looks like perch. Or ruffe. Or maybe carp. Decision, decisions, decisions. All will be revealed next Saturday. (Published August 22 2015