Wednesday, 10 July 2013


Recently i,ve heard a few rumours that some big tench have been caught from a local day ticket lake, just a couple of miles away from WATERBOUY TOWERS, with at least one confirmed double figure beastie being banked. Well as you,d expect, these catches got me interested so at the beginning of last week i paid a little recce visit to the aforementioned water. I,ve known of this water for the past 6 years since a couple of locals took on the mammoth task of renevating the, long left wild, water. When i first had a look at it all those years ago i had to admit it didn,t inspire me as it was just an overgrown hole in the ground with huge piles of rubbish and soil everywhere, so i didn,t bother to pay any attention to it. When i turned up there a week ago it looked like a totally different lake, the overgrown reeds, bushed etc had been sympathetically cut back. There was plenty of good size clean swims which had been built, but with plenty of space between them. And there was a pleasant array of wildlife swimming, flying and fluttering around. I was impressed and after a chat with the owner i decided that i would give it a fish the following night.

Late the following afternoon i was setting up camp in a point style swim shielded on both sides by 5ft high reed and bullrushes, with a nice bay round to my right and a nice reedbed in front at 30 yards. After a quick plumb around i found that the right side of the swim went down to 11ft then shallowed up to a plateau of around 2ft directly in front of the swim, then deepened of to 6ft to the left of the swim. Excellent i thought, plenty of veraitions and features to work too. I baited just of the right side of the plateau with a couple kilo of mixed particles, dead maggots and micro pellets and dropped a maggot feeder baited with Enterprise artificial maggots on the spot. The left rod was a small method feeder baited with critically balanced Enterprise sweetcorn cast to the bottom of the shelf to my right. The 3rd rod was a trimmed down Grange boilie with a pva bag of boilie crumb and micro pellets cast cast to reed bed to the left slightly.

Well i fished through until 10am the following morning as i had to go to work, and because i ran out of bait. The most action came to the method feeder and i lost count of how many fish i caught, roughly a dozen tench upto 4lb and about the same amount of carpm to 8lb. The maggot feeder produced the biggest tench of about 6lb but unfortunately it threw the hook at the net, typical. The boilie rod didn,t even get a sniff.

All the fish were well fed and healthy little blighters and scrapped like demons on my light tackle. All in all i had a great time and was knackered after catching that many fish and getting just as many dropped runs as well.

I will definately be back there trying for one of the biggies....

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