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WEL­COME to the lat­est is­sue of IYCF. If you ask a group of an­glers what their favourite species is, tench will al­ways come out near the top. And it is easy to un­der­stand why. Not only do they look stun­ning but they can pro­vide some fan­tas­tic sport on light tackle. The only down­side to the species is that the tench sea­son is sim­ply too short! But if you fan­cy­ing hav­ing a crack at this awe­some species over the next cou­ple of month’s we’ve got all the in­for­ma­tion you need to get your tench cam­paign un­der­way. We met up with top spec­i­men hunter Paul Elt on the banks of Lin­ear Fisheries’ Manor Farm Lake (page 24). As well as be­ing one of the coun­try’s best day-ticket wa­ters, this rich gravel pit is also home to an in­cred­i­ble head of big tench. You’d ex­pect any­one tar­get­ing tench to be us­ing baits such as pel­lets and boilies, but Paul had adopted a far more tra­di­tional ap­proach. His re­sult speaks for it­self and it’s cer­tainly worth a read be­fore you em­bark on a tinca ses­sion. If you’re plan­ning on stick­ing to com­mer­cial fisheries this month, then you’re also set for some bumper sport. The warmer tem­per­a­tures have seen match weights rocket and we’ve got loads of tac­ti­cal ad­vice to en­sure you don’t miss out. Eng­land In­ter­na­tional Phil Ringer ex­plains how to de­ter­mine whether to load pel­lets or ground­bait, or both, on your Method feeder (page 31) and reign­ing Fish O’Ma­nia Cham­pion Andy May re­veals why it is so im­por­tant you plumb up ac­cu­rately at the start of your ses­sion (page 56). I hope you en­joy the is­sue! James Fur­ness

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