Sywell – the Mecca of big tench
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.