Archive for June, 2013


June Diary

June 30, 2013

14th June

Following the success with tench the previous weekend, I was keen to get back on to peg 6 and catch a few more large tincas. As the mobile home was now booked solid till September my window of opportunity was narrowing.


Waiting for the Tench to bite


As I’m not really a morning person I didn’t manage to get myself to the lake until 9am. I started by firing out several Spomb loads of hemp and sweet corn to my respective spots.

I took my time setting up, pruning a few willow branches to make casting easier. I placed two Method feeders as I had on the previous occasion, baited with balanced fake corn. I quickly started to receive single bleeps and the swinger moved a centimetre two.  This carried on for a while until it finally gave a positive bite and I banked a crucian of just over 4lb. Less than an hour later the same rod produced a slightly bigger fish of 5lb 2oz.


First tench of 7lb 3oz… Well pleased!


Next the buzzer on my distance rod…(all of 30m) sounded and a different species had found my groundbait. I then had three large slabs on the trot.. 7lb 5oz; 7lb 04oz and 6lb 9oz. Read the rest of this entry ?


Tench at Last!

June 10, 2013

With the awful weather we’ve been having my river fishing has been either impossible or terribly frustrating. So I’ve been targeting some of the big tench that are present in my lakes. They have proved also very illusive and to date I’d not had so much as a sniff from a Tinca. I had had virtually every other species in the venue including pike & catfish on the Method; but alas no tench.

Word that several of the clients had bumped into a few nice plump tench this week got me champing at the bit to have a go myself.

The fish had been taken early morning or late evening by the clients fishing, so I decided to do an overnight session was in order,  to get the two best periods of the day. So after the next group of anglers arrived I set up in peg 6 (one of my favourite little pegs), and one that has often produced tench.


My best tench so far this year at 7lb 9oz

I spombed out ten loads of hemp & sweet corn; five to a spot 25 yards out beyond a weed bed & the other five 10 yards to a near side margin.  I fished my usual ESP Method feeders one baited with a Quest Ghurrka Spice Fluoro Pop up and the other with plastic corn.

Not long after settling in with brolly up and rods cast out I sat back and cracked open a beer to await events. The near rod beeped several times before tightening up. I struck into a tough fish that scrapped well and turned out to be a lovely Crucian of 6lb 6oz. This was followed not long after by a large bream also of 6lb 6oz. A good start but not the fish I was after.  About an hour later the margin rod screamed off and I hit a very powerful fish that immediately found refuge in the overhanging branches. I put on side strain holding the rod high and felt the fish start to kick free. Then my hook link (12lb fluorocarbon) gave way… I’m certain it was a carp… I retied a new hook link out of 15lb snakebite this time and put it back on the spot.


First bite a 6lb 6oz Crucian

Things quieted down a bit and the only further action was a small low double catfish on my distant rod. Read the rest of this entry ?