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Time for Tench

Post by Jason Skilton » Sun Mar 14 2021 21:23

Next weekend........time for tench
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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Daniel » Sun Mar 14 2021 21:28

I was thinking the same, I've got a little club water that allegedly has a good head of 2-5lb tincas so that's probably where I'll start.

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by BillCollins » Sun Mar 14 2021 21:51

A bit early around here, bigger deeper waters. I'll be starting a bit of bream fishing from next week or so, the tench will begin to show up gradually.

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Jason Skilton » Mon Mar 15 2021 09:48

If you have shallow waters the water temp has risen enough to start fishing for them :-) The deeper waters like the gravel pits and reservoir will ahve to wait.
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Re: Time for Tench

Post by suffolk si » Mon Mar 15 2021 10:21

gees your keen Jas! good luck to ya though, ill have a couple of weeks off then start giving them a go

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Jason Skilton » Mon Mar 15 2021 11:06

suffolk si wrote:
gees your keen Jas! good luck to ya though, ill have a couple of weeks off then start giving them a go
Its beacuse the local pike waters within a reasonable distance are crap!!!!

So I've not had a chance to fish much :hissy: .....But I have a tench water close by and they go to a reasonable size 7lb+ :cool: ....plus there is a chance of a daft mud pig too :laughs: to pull my string :thumbs:
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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Steve Dennington » Mon Mar 15 2021 15:21

Jason Skilton wrote:
suffolk si wrote:
gees your keen Jas! good luck to ya though, ill have a couple of weeks off then start giving them a go
Its beacuse the local pike waters within a reasonable distance are crap!!!!

So I've not had a chance to fish much :hissy: .....But I have a tench water close by and they go to a reasonable size 7lb+ :cool: ....plus there is a chance of a daft mud pig too :laughs: to pull my string :thumbs:
Same here, Suffolk is not a great county for piking. Everywhere I go is at least 40mins drive, so lockdown's travel restrictions ended my season in December.

I'm looking forward to some tench fishing this year too, but not until the middle of next month at the earliest!

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Ally » Mon Mar 15 2021 19:49

Yes a bit early, especially with those northeasters forecast.

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by davelumb » Mon Mar 15 2021 19:58

Is the blackthorn blossom out?

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Shiv » Tue Mar 16 2021 15:08

Start my Tenching End of the Month :thumbs:

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by stubbojo » Thu Mar 18 2021 22:58

my local water is on fire for tench
one guy had 18 tench to 7lb last week
they have been catching since the end of feb by all accounts
i used to fish this water when i was in my teens when there were fish over 10lbs
went to have a look today , there was over 20 cars on the car park , news soon gets out here....
i have been told its the best tench water in the northwest for sheer number and a good average size..... the biggest i have heard is 9lb plus this year.... and its only a small water maybe 4 acres in size :thumbs:

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by SmellySmelt » Fri Apr 02 2021 12:51

Had my first tench of the spring last night while out for bream, nice to see.

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by peteren » Fri Apr 02 2021 22:36

Ally wrote:
Yes a bit early, especially with those northeasters forecast.
Agreed - often thought it was a bit cold for tench on June 16th!

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Mike J » Sat Apr 03 2021 10:14

davelumb wrote:
Is the blackthorn blossom out?

Yes :thumbs:

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by davelumb » Sat Apr 03 2021 10:28

Mike J wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Is the blackthorn blossom out?

Yes :thumbs:

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Here too. But not my hedge. :shrug:

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Mike J » Sat Apr 03 2021 10:34

davelumb wrote:
Mike J wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Is the blackthorn blossom out?

Yes :thumbs:

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Here too. But not my hedge. :shrug:

Thats because you were naughty and picked all the berries off it, now its paying you back.

:dizzy:

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by davelumb » Sat Apr 03 2021 10:41

Mike J wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Mike J wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Is the blackthorn blossom out?

Yes :thumbs:

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Here too. But not my hedge. :shrug:

Thats because you were naughty and picked all the berries off it, now its paying you back.

:dizzy:

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I leave them for the birds, Mike. It hasn't been trimmed either. Odd.

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Mike J » Sat Apr 03 2021 10:48

davelumb wrote:
Mike J wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Mike J wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Is the blackthorn blossom out?

Yes :thumbs:

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Here too. But not my hedge. :shrug:

Thats because you were naughty and picked all the berries off it, now its paying you back.

:dizzy:

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I leave them for the birds, Mike. It hasn't been trimmed either. Odd.

Feed it, if nothing else pee under it every 3-4ft.
Not a joke, look how stock shelter under them.

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by davelumb » Sat Apr 03 2021 11:25

Mike J wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Mike J wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Mike J wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Is the blackthorn blossom out?

Yes :thumbs:

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Here too. But not my hedge. :shrug:

Thats because you were naughty and picked all the berries off it, now its paying you back.

:dizzy:

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I leave them for the birds, Mike. It hasn't been trimmed either. Odd.

Feed it, if nothing else pee under it every 3-4ft.
Not a joke, look how stock shelter under them.

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I'd have to climb over the fence it's behind and get stabbed to death by the thorns in the process!!

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Mike J » Sun Apr 04 2021 09:45

davelumb wrote:
Mike J wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Mike J wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Mike J wrote:
davelumb wrote:
Is the blackthorn blossom out?

Yes :thumbs:

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Here too. But not my hedge. :shrug:

Thats because you were naughty and picked all the berries off it, now its paying you back.

:dizzy:

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I leave them for the birds, Mike. It hasn't been trimmed either. Odd.

Feed it, if nothing else pee under it every 3-4ft.
Not a joke, look how stock shelter under them.

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I'd have to climb over the fence it's behind and get stabbed to death by the thorns in the process!!

Use an empty plastic bottle or milk container, add water, throw it underneath and recover with a bit of bale twine.
Nitrogen is all they need and yours comes free.

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Jason Skilton » Sun Apr 18 2021 09:21

Off the mark......
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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Steve Dennington » Sun Apr 18 2021 10:41

Jason Skilton wrote:
Off the mark......

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Nice :thumbs:

I think I might give it another couple of weeks yet, but one of those in the net will be the aim.

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Jason Skilton » Mon Apr 19 2021 09:55

Steve Dennington wrote:
Jason Skilton wrote:
Off the mark......

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Nice :thumbs:

I think I might give it another couple of weeks yet, but one of those in the net will be the aim.
It was minus 3 over night, but I think that that the fish are more active than we think at time.
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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Steve Dennington » Mon Apr 19 2021 10:42

Jason Skilton wrote:
Steve Dennington wrote:
Jason Skilton wrote:
Off the mark......

20210418_091030.jpg
Nice :thumbs:

I think I might give it another couple of weeks yet, but one of those in the net will be the aim.
It was minus 3 over night, but I think that that the fish are more active than we think at time.
So they might be, but I like to start at dawn for tench and I don't fancy sitting there in -3. Once overnight temps get to the upper single figures I'll be up an' at 'em :thumbs:

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by SmellySmelt » Mon Apr 19 2021 18:50

Plenty of tench to be caught in the “non traditional” months.

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Steve Dennington » Mon Apr 19 2021 20:01

SmellySmelt wrote:
Plenty of tench to be caught in the “non traditional” months.
I've caught them whilst carp fishing in -7 (the lake froze the day after), so I don't doubt that they will feed in cold water, but I'd much rather be sat there in t-shirt to be honest :grin:

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Re: Time for Tench

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Jason Skilton wrote:
Off the mark......

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Cracking fish :thumbs:

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Jason Skilton » Thu Apr 22 2021 11:01

So re the tench what is you go to mix to get the tench in your swim and feeding.

My mix is for a day session is
  • 1 pint of hemp
    1/2 pint of caster (crushed)
    1/2 pint of dead red maggot
    1/2 tin of ASDA value sweetcorn
    Handful 6mm coarse pellets
    Plus a tbsp of Nesquik Strawberry Powder
All mixed in a bucket with the juices from the homecooked hemp, sweetcorn and about a pint of lake water.
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Re: Time for Tench

Post by SmellySmelt » Thu Apr 22 2021 12:02

Jason Skilton wrote:
So re the tench what is you go to mix to get the tench in your swim and feeding.

My mix is for a day session is
  • 1 pint of hemp
    1/2 pint of caster (crushed)
    1/2 pint of dead red maggot
    1/2 tin of ASDA value sweetcorn
    Handful 6mm coarse pellets
    Plus a tbsp of Nesquik Strawberry Powder
All mixed in a bucket with the juices from the homecooked hemp, sweetcorn and about a pint of lake water.
Sensas 3000 lake(I like the dark ground bait) mixed with dynamite sweet nut liquid (watered well down as in 10 parts water to 1 nut liquid). To that, 2 mm pellets, caster, maybe a bit of pigeon conditioner, few grains of sweetcorn and some crushed up boilie, depending on the time of year. If early as in February/March then ground bait with very little 2 mm cell pellets. Sometimes I like to use a different ground bait in my feeders over the top of my bed of bait. Sonubaits and dynamite do some very good method mixes. Or I use a stick mix and make it up really smelly with sticky krill. The world is your oyster!

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Re: Time for Tench

Post by Daniel » Sun Apr 25 2021 18:03

Jason Skilton wrote:
So re the tench what is you go to mix to get the tench in your swim and feeding.

My mix is for a day session is
  • 1 pint of hemp
    1/2 pint of caster (crushed)
    1/2 pint of dead red maggot
    1/2 tin of ASDA value sweetcorn
    Handful 6mm coarse pellets
    Plus a tbsp of Nesquik Strawberry Powder
All mixed in a bucket with the juices from the homecooked hemp, sweetcorn and about a pint of lake water.
It's mainly a mix of pellets, 1,2,3 and 4 mm with a very light sprinkling of sixes.
Loads of dead maggots, sweetcorn, a few casters and plenty of very finely chopped worm.
I don't bother too much with flavours, the chopped worm provides a great scent trail.
Groundbait is only for plugging the feeder and it'll be whatever fishmeal groundbait is on offer at the time.

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