Cold spring means they’re late to hit top weight

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

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

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