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Anyone got the Tench rods out yet?

Discussion in 'Other Species Fishing' started by Adam Francis, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Adam Francis

    Adam Francis Senior Member

    Been looking at the weather and might have a go for the Tench at the end of the week. Just wondering if it's going to be warm enough just yet or whether we need a little more sunshine.

    Anyone been out after tench yet and if so have the fish been feeding?
     
  2. Steve Roffey

    Steve Roffey Senior Member

    Had a try last Thursday, enjoyed the change and some warm sunshine, however the tench did not put in an appearance. Hoping that last year's pattern repeats as it was my second trip that produced then, will let you know in two days!
     
  3. Steve Lewis

    Steve Lewis Senior Member

    I'm going to give it a few more weeks yet - despite a mild couple of weeks, we've had another cold snap down here in the South West (temp in my neck of the woods - near Bath - was 2 degrees at 6 this morning), which is set to stick around until at least the end of this week, with max day time temps struggling to hit double figures.

    In fact, I might even just leave it until May - wait for some weed and pad growth.

    Can't wait, though - I concentrated on barbel and pike almost exclusively last season and, in fact, did no stillwater fishing at all.
     
  4. Adam Francis

    Adam Francis Senior Member

    Not sure I can wait until May to be honest, I'll be going stir crazy by then! I might have a go at the weekend but do think we need a little more consistent warm weather before they really start showing. Thing is, unless you try - you'll never know!
     
  5. Steve Lewis

    Steve Lewis Senior Member

    Indeed Adam - you won't catch anything sat at home. I'll let you brave the last throws of winter, though ;)
     
  6. Graham Elliott

    Graham Elliott Senior Member

    If the perch are anything to go by they could spawn early.

    Mid April for me given a few days of mild weather. As in Bath....light frost this morning.
     
  7. Adam Francis

    Adam Francis Senior Member

    Had a walk round one of the lakes I'll be fishing at lunchtime & my god that wind is cold!! Think I'll hold off until the end of the month, hopefully the conditions will be a bit better, for fish & angler!
     
  8. Bill Walford

    Bill Walford Senior Member

    My mate managed 3 to 5lb and a 2lb+ Crucian"cross" one morning late last week. That was when the mild spell was still with us.....the morning before he had one bite, was mesmerised by the float going under and made a pigs ear of striking !!
     
  9. Steve Roffey

    Steve Roffey Senior Member

    Despite the cold east wind today the tench showed up for me, had 4 in a short (5 hour) session, best one going 6.12 with a backup male of 5.13.
     
  10. Bill Walford

    Bill Walford Senior Member

    Can anyone help please ? Looking for a day ticket fishery near Fareham in Hampshire where I can take my mate of many, many years. Dave is a very, very occasional dabbler and I will be spending a long weekend with him in early June. I would like to take him after a Tench or two using float tactics. Any suggestions please? I've done a Google search and most that comes up are club Fisheries needing membership.
     
  11. Mark Mole

    Mark Mole Senior Member

    Went a tenching today and was handsomely rewarded with 9 tench to 5lb also a bonus fully scaled mirror,probably the prettiest fish I've ever seen.
     
  12. Paul Collins

    Paul Collins Senior Member

    I believe Portsmouth and district have a complex of around 3 lakes not far from Fareham, only one of which is members only. My brother in law has had quite a few there.
    One of the Fareham tackle shops should put you right.
     
  13. Jon Frisby

    Jon Frisby Senior Member

    Bill. When I was in the RN I fished Funtley lake. Which is just outside Fareham. Its deep with a good head of good Tench. Molehill soil with chopped lobworm. Slider at around 13 ft deep worked for me. Best I could find near Fareha m.
     
  14. Bill Walford

    Bill Walford Senior Member

    Many thanks Paul & Jon. That narrows my search a bit. Much appreciated :)

    Well done Mark a lovely bag of fish, something I'd like to experience with my mate Dave
     
  15. Rod Fowler

    Rod Fowler Senior Member

    Not sure if this helps Bill, but as your Fareham friend is just an occasional angler, you may want some reasonably prolific tench fishing and Godalming's Marsh Farm is only 45 minutes away. A nice spot with day tickets, plus good facilities including an excellent tackle shop on site.
     
  16. Bill Walford

    Bill Walford Senior Member

    Thanks Rod, Having fished there myself Marsh Farm was my fallback option but as we are likely to be consuming a fair amount of alcohol during the evenings I wanted somewhere "the girls" can drop us off and collect us at the day's end. Thanks anyway:)
     
  17. Rod Fowler

    Rod Fowler Senior Member

    Sounds a much better plan Bill :)
     
  18. Darrel Hughes

    Darrel Hughes Member

    Funtley lake.

    Bill as Jon has mentioned Funtley lake is controled by Portsmouth angling club only one tackle shop now in Fareham you can purchase day tickets from Rovers Tackle in the high street parking right opersite the shop. You only need to fish the margin along the reeds. Pub Miners Arms just next to the lake car park Paul in the tackle shop will issue you with a hand book only 5 minutes drive from there.

    Enjoy Darrel Hughes.
     
  19. Bill Walford

    Bill Walford Senior Member

    Many thanks for your advise Darrel.....there are some right diamond geezers on this forum. Than you all :)
     
  20. Paul Collins

    Paul Collins Senior Member

    Spoke to my sister about the 3 lake complex, no day tickets I'm afraid, one of the lakes is no guest tickets. You'd need to find a member to accompany you.
    If you could they've got a brilliant farm pond Crucian fishery, with some nice Tench too. Very shallow, loads of lillies, genuine Crucians.