IT’S TIME FOR A BIG TENCH!
Cold spring means they’re late to hit top weight
THERE’s never been a better chance to smash your tench personal pb.
So say some of the UK’s best specimen anglers as they reveal that tench at venues nationwide will stay bigger for longer in 2016.
The news comes in the same week that Rick Hurley banked a huge 12lb 3oz venue record specimen (above).
The Wychwood-backed angler from Walton-on-Thames spotted the new personal best during a carp fishing session on Pit 3 on the famous Frimley Pits Fishery and fined down his tackle to incorporate two 10mm boilies.
Just 30 minutes after making the change to his rig he set his hook into the well-earned specimen.
“I kept creeping up to the shallow swim I’d been baiting and could see the huge fish shying away from big baits and my carp rig,” he said.
“So I fined everything down, and it worked a treat.”
Traditionally the best time to catch big tench is in the closing weeks of May and throughout June as females reach their top weights before spawning, but this year weather conditions have favoured the anglers.
Angling Times columnist, fish scientist and tench fishing expert Paul Garner, who recently banked his biggest tench of the year at 10lb 4oz from a southern stillwater, explained why specimen anglers will be fishing for huge tench for longer than usual this year.
“At the back end of May, because of the cold weather and rain, tench in many venues were slow to pack on the weight,” said Paul.
“Many now catching big tench are reporting that they have big frames, but are not carrying the weight they normally would.
“There’s still going to be the chance of catching huge fish later this year, probably well into July.”
Stewart Barnes hadn’t fished for tench for a few seasons but was
inspired by in-form venues and banked his first ever double-figure fish at 10lb 2oz.
His maggot and worm hookbaits fooled another tench at 10lb, and he landed 11 others, including three over the 9lb mark. All were taken by the Hemel Hempstead rod from a local gravel pit.
Still in the south of the UK, a lake close to Staines in Middlesex produced a 10lb 8oz fish for Jamie Bradley.
A trimmed-down Nutcracker boilie tipped with a piece of buoyant corn was the winning combination for Jamie, who beat the fish on 8lb mainline and a size 10 hook, cast over a bed of crushed boilies and corn.
Dean Taylor continued his recent run of double-figure tench when he enjoyed a session at Medway Valley Fisheries in Kent and topped a 26-fish haul with a 10lb 4oz specimen.
It follows the capture of a 12lb 12oz fish that he banked from the same venue just a few weeks ago. The Tenchfishers member took his latest catch on feeder fished hair-rigged worms.
Hard work certainly paid off for Kevin Durman when his third move during a session resulted in a 9lb 14oz tench.
He fed small balls of cloudy groundbait vai a catapult to create some colour in his chosen swim and induced his hard-earned take with feeder fished red maggots on a size 10 Korum hook.
“Tench across the UK are going to be bigger for longer in 2016”
Paul Garner’s biggest tench of the year at 10lb 4oz Rick Hurley’s 12lb 3oz fish is one of the best so far this year