Sy­well – the Mecca of big tench

Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -

IS THERE any­thing more iconic than a sum­mer dawn spent chas­ing tench? Well, we have found just the iconic venue for you en­joy this tra­di­tional species…

Sy­well Reser­voir in Northants was once the UK’s top tench wa­ter, hav­ing made a name for it­self back in the mid-1960s, when it pro­duced sev­eral spec­i­mens over 7lb – un­be­liev­able fish for the time.

Un­der­stand­ably, these gi­ants at­tracted some of the coun­try’s top an­glers, in­clud­ing Bri­tain’s best-loved TV fish­ing star, John Wil­son, who filmed an episode of his clas­sic ‘Go Fish­ing’ se­ries here.

In this par­tic­u­lar episode John goes on to catch sev­eral good tench on the swim­feeder, a tac­tic which Sy­well was fa­mous for.

It’s fair to say this de­vel­op­ment rev­o­lu­tionised the way peo­ple fished for tench.

This was mainly due to the size of Sy­well – at 67 acres, float­fish­ing was out of the ques­tion.

Peo­ple soon dis­cov­ered the ef­fec­tive­ness of leg­ering for tench, and through the late 1980s and 1990s the venue re­ally took off, with sev­eral fish in the 8lb-9lb bracket landed.

It wasn’t long be­fore Sy­well pro­duced a dou­ble-fig­ure tinca, and his­tory was made when Carl Street landed a fish of 12lb 12oz.

Not much has changed over the years – those fish­ing this his­toric wa­ter are still find­ing suc­cess today with feeder tac­tics, and some large fish over 10lb are still present. Don’t be fooled into think­ing the fish­ing here is easy, though – you’ll need good wa­ter­craft skills to lo­cate the fish, and ac­cu­rate pre­sen­ta­tion to tempt them.

Un­for­tu­nately, the fish­ing isn’t as pro­lific as it once was, but if

you can put a good bait in the right place you’re still in with a chance of a Sy­well beauty!

Tra­di­tional baits such as worm, caster, mag­got and corn are all win­ners here, and it’s up to you whether you present them on an open-ended feeder or with the more mod­ern Method feed­ers.

Any­where around the wa­ter tower is noted for pro­vid­ing con­sis­tent sport.

Thank­fully, the fu­ture of the reser­voir is in safe hands. This is thanks to the mem­bers of the Tench­fish­ers group, who have un­der­taken sev­eral stock­ings of tench in a bid to main­tain Sy­well’s pedi­gree.

Swims by the wa­ter tower are very pro­duc­tive.

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