Difficult tench fishing session
I’ve recently been fishing the very popular day ticket lakes around Oxfordshire, and believe me these lakes are pressured. Sometimes it can be impossible to get a swim to fish in, and almost every time you arrive it can just be a case of fitting in where there is a space or as I’ve witnessed a lot lately waiting for an angler to leave when he’s finished his session in order to get one of the proven pegs on the lake. Now the fish in these lakes have seen it all and as anglers we adapt our approaches by fishing with slack lines as not to spook the fish by letting them swim into it. With minimum baiting as not to cause to much disturbance to the swim whilst putting it in. So why do we not have a problem with repeatedly smashing a 4 ounce lead complete with marker float all over our swims dragging up the bottom as we go? And how many times have you cast one only to see the massive bow waves from a resident cruising monster as the lead hits the water? And how many times have you just settled for just a clear spot as the water has been too weedy and your fed up with the marker float being chocked up with weed every cast? Now the Deeper smart sonar to me is revolutionary. It for me has been a massive breath of fresh air and it’s so simple to use. It eliminates all of the problems I’ve just listed above, plus there’s a bathymetric mapping feature which enables you to map out the whole lake which to me is invaluable as if you have to drop into any old peg then you will already have the records of that swim and all its features already stored on your phone, and the amount of swims and lake profiles and information you can store on your advice is unlimited. On one such occasion all of this came to fruition as I arrived at my chosen gravel pit to fish for tench only to see the swims I had been having plenty of success in were all taken and even worse the only 2 pegs that were available I really didn’t fancy as I’d fished these before several times with some pretty terrible results. Not one to be beaten I decided to move my gear to one of these spots as it had been quite a journey and I was determined to catch a few tench, out came my mobile phone as I had previously scanned the area a few weeks previous and I checked out using the history function in the app. The swim was incredibly weedy and depth wise all over the place but showing on my screen was a clear spot about 60 yards out and it was just off the back of a bar so this seemed an ideal spot. I recast Deeper sonar to see if anything had changed under water within the previous 2 weeks since I last looked and everything apart from a small bit of weed growth seemed the same. I baited the spot lightly with hemp, caster and a few amino pellets and let the swim rest for a few hours and to have a well-earned cup of tea. Whilst drinking my tea I actually saw 2 tench roll over my baited area so it was starting to look very promising. I eventually cast my rods in followed by another trickle of loose feed and the action was almost instant, and the bites just kept coming as I ended up with a total of 11 tench, 3 small carp and 2 rather nice bream, so as you can imagine I was ecstatic with the results and the fact I had decided to persist with my unfancied and rather weedy swim choice made me feel very accomplished and I believe fish were already in the area before I arrived and I was glad of Deeper and the fact I never risked spooking these fish.