Fishing for Tench

Locating Tench

Lilly Pads and Margin Reed are Ideal locations to find Tench.

The Tench is a still water loving fish that will spend most of its time close to vegetation or patrolling gullies looking for their natural food like bloodworm, snails and daphnia. Generally Tench and Lily’s go together like a horse and cart, finding a nice patch of lilies with a drop of into deeper water can be a rich picking for the Tench angler. Quite often when Tench fishing they can be found feeding right under your feet on tiny coruscation that habitat the reed beds that hug the margins by Fishing Platforms. So never pass up fishing as close as you can to reed margins as these are also a regular patrol route for the Tench.

Tench and Carp

Tench differ from carp by being a bit on the shy side when it comes to fighting for food; Carp will often bully Tench out of a swim or feeding area. This is why Fishing for Tench away from known Carp hot spots can and will work in your favor and help you usually help catch a few good extra Tench. Again Catching Tench is not rocket science but they can be fickle and bloody hard to catch at times even if the Tench are feeding right under your rod tip.

Margin Tench Fishing

On one of the old clay pits, I tend to fish them regularly in the margins will only produce Tench from just certain area or spots within each swim, usually right in tight to the margin reeds. Obviously, the Tench swim over the whole area of the pond, but they do seem to one or a couple of specific feeding areas within each swim.

While it took many fishing trips to locate these Tench feeding areas one thing became very apparent, each specific feeding area had some kind of underwater feature. In some of the fishing swims results would only come from one side of an underwater gully, drop off or from a particular patch of silt. The weird thing that struck me was while I was fishing in the same general area, just being a couple feet of the spot made all the difference.

There are no guarantees when fishing, apart from there’s nothing more frustrating than your float sat in groups of pinprick bubbles for what seems like an eternity yet no bites. If you find yourself in this situation try moving the bait around a bit, as just sat there earns you nothing at all.

Huge Gravel Pits and Reservoirs

Most, if not all large lake and ponds in the UK hold a very good head of Tench, with Gravel Pits tending to produce the larger specimen Tench. Unfortunately, due to the general size of Gravel Pits or Reservoirs, the problem quite often becomes finding the Tench. This is when your time walking these ponds and lakes along with talking to other anglers fishing can pay dividends, by gathering useful information. When I’m faced with fishing this kind of venue I find it best not to just rush in a pick what I think is a good fishing swim. Take 10-15 minutes to look around, watch what other anglers are doing, check out the angle of their line to the water this will give you an idea of how far out they are fishing. Most Anglers are friendly and don’t bite if you stop for a quick chat and ask a few questions. If you can pay a visit to the Gravel pit in the later part of an evening, quite often you will see Tench, Bream, and Carp rising to clear their gills, make mental notes of these areas. Apart from this, your only other option is to use a Marker Float to find high and low gullies its well worth the Time and effort. Once you have found these high and low spots there is a good chance the Tench will at some point patrol looking for food.
I seldom fish hard in the bottom of gullies as it’s usually full of debris and tends to mask the hook bait. Tench will be looking at the bottom edge of the slop to where the food will naturally tend to roll down; this is a good starting point. Usually, 6 – 10 inches from the bottom of the gully is OK, but we are talking about fishing so its a case of suck it and see.

Tench, Locating Tench

Tench and Lilly Pads

There’s no getting away from the fact that Lilypad beds do seem to hold and produce good catches of Tench. One of the main reasons apart from providing natural cover is lily roots has a tendency to hold silt and other debris around them. This, in turn, provides Blood Worms and other natural food items that Tench feed on with a natural growing environment. Water snail, bugs and various larvae all tend to live in and among the storks and stem that reach the water surface. Thus attracting and Keeping Tench in or around this type of natural environment browsing or searching for a bite to eat.

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