Claire Corlett

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Ultimate Guide to Tench Fishing – PART 1

Ultimate Guide to Tench Fishing – PART 1

(lively soft rock) – I’ve been joined by the
camera crew here on Linear. I’ve been here since yesterday, and it’s been a good morning,
the fish have been feeding, I’ve had a few, I’ve had about eight now, a couple in the sack to
have a look at later on. I’ve fished this swim a few times before, and usually done quite well. There’s a bar about 30 yards out that runs along the roadbank here, and any of these roadbank
swims are quite productive at this time of year. They seem to quite like the deeper water. The far side, the river
side, is good later on when there’s a bit more
weed and it warms up. I think they move over there to spawn. But there’s usually a few tench, even if there’s catching
tench elsewhere on the lake, there’s usually a few tench,
always along this side of the roadbank on Manor. It’s been a good morning,
the fish have been feeding, and I’ve been catching on two spots. I’ve got one spot straight
out about 30 yards with two rods on it. I’ve been spumming bait on that, mixture of hemp pellet and
maggots and chopped worm, and then I’ve got another one that I just use the feeder for, and that’s been producing
just one or two fish, but that’s produced the bigger fish. Simple tactics on Linear are great. You don’t need to try
anything too complex, no great rig complications. If you’re using maggots, just maggots with a simple helicopter rig with maggots on the hook. No need for hair rigs, I’ve found. Plastic baits work quite well, but it’s quite easy with just
maggots straight on the hook or worm, with a rig
that I’ll show you later that I call the sort
of quickstop kebabbery where you chop worms into little bits and thread them on the hair rig, and the tench will
certainly home in on those. With a feeder full of chopped maggot and worm in the feeder, they’re
onto it very very quickly, and I’ve had a lot a lot of tench out here in the last couple years,
using both those techniques. It’s gone a bit quieter
now, so we can perhaps have a bit of a chance to go through and have a look at some rigs. (lively soft rock) It’s quieted down a bit
now, which is often the case when you’ve caught a few fish. So I’ve got a chance now to
go through what I use as bait to prime the swim. I’ve got a mixture of equal
parts two-mil pellets. I use a mixture of krill, the red ones, and two-mil halibut
pellets, the S pellets, and then equal parts with hemp seed. I just use a tin of those,
and then you can just, if you wanna weigh it out exactly, you can just measure your pellets out, and then add in some maggots, but don’t put the maggots in too soon because if you’ve got a
bit of water from the hemp, which is quite nice,
it softens the pellets, you don’t want your maggots to get too wet and start floating off. The reason for the different components: the hemp, I think everybody knows, all fish, all cyprinids seem to like hemp. There’s not a lot of feed value, there’s a lot of husk there, so you won’t fill them
up too quickly with that. And the pellets, I like the micro-pellets ’cause that keeps them in the swim. They’ll fall in between the
gravel and keep them grubbing, so even if they come in
and have a good feed, there’ll still be quite a
lot of those pellets left acting as an attractant to bring them back to the swim later on. And the maggots, obviously, again, they’ve got a visual attraction. We know that tench love eating maggots, and they’ll also crawl into the gravel and be a food source for
them to keep coming back to, rooting for. So if you’ve got a couple of
pints of maggots out there over the course of a day
through your sputniks and your feeders, you’re
gonna have tench coming back looking for those. They can’t resist them. Very green, that one, compared to some. Some of them are a lovely golden colour, but look at that dorsal fin
sticking up beautifully. Just around eight pounds. That came on a worm, chopped worm rig, which I’ll show you later. It’s three pieces of worm
chopped and put on a hair rig we’re using here, call them quickstop. So we’ll get her back, see
if we can catch another one. I’m now gonna go and show
you what I put in the feeder. I use two basic things in feeders. If I’m using a maggot hook bait, I’ll just use plain maggots in the feeder, and I like to use a
combi-feeder, two ounce, for nearly all of my tench fishing. And if you’re using maggots,
squeeze ’em in nice and tight, and then they’re less likely
to come out on the way down and they’ll be in the feeder
when you get to the bottom. What I like about the combi-feeder is they’re a lot bigger than
most of the common feeders on the market. And it’s perfect. A, you’ve got the combi so you can use it as an open-ended feeder with maggots, trap-door casters
trapped with ground bait. But more importantly, it’s the size, and you can see there’s
a good amount of maggots going in there. If you’re casting that three or four times in the first half hour of a session, even just a feeder is
getting you plenty of bait down on the deck, ready
to bring the tench in. The other thing I use in
the feeder is chopped worm. And I’ll just show you a little easy way of using the chopped worms. I use a little old pole-cup. I put the worms in, and
you just chop them up, nice and fine. I always use them freshly cut each time I’m
about to load the feeder. But I use them with a product called Natural Worm Attract from
my local tackle dealer in Penkridge, Ian’s Tackle of Penkridge. He grows worms. And this has got, this is what he grows worms on, and it’s basically peat, but
it had worms living in it for about up to three weeks,
so it’s gonna have worms, it’s gonna be passed
through the inside of worms, it’s had the worms crawling round in it, and it really acts as a good attractant, and it really complements
the chopped worms. So I put a bit of that in, and then by chopping them in the cup, I can then tip those in without
having to get too messy. ‘Cause chopped worm isn’t
the most pleasant of things to get on your hands all the time. And then I’ll just top
that off, like that, with a bit more of the worm cast. And there you have it. A little package full of flavour, and that works really, really
well with a worm on the hook or on the hair rig. If I’m using maggots on the
hook, it couldn’t be simpler. Straight on the hook, no
messing about with hair rigs, I haven’t found that necessary on here. Three on a 14, four on a size
12, maybe even a bigger bunch of five on a 10 if
they’re really having it. Four maggots just nicked on. Nice and simple. I use two types of hook. In weed-free conditions, it’s the PR 39, which is a match hook. Very, very sharp. Strong by match hook standards,
but not really designed for very weedy conditions. In those sort of conditions,
the Xpert Specimen is a really, really good, strong hook that isn’t gonna let you down. And I’m just gonna show
you how I bait ’em, with the, call ’em quickstop
worm-kebab-type rig. You just put the baiting
needle into the back of the quickstop, and then
just three small, short sections of worm, one, two, three. Pull the quickstop off,
slide the needle out, and there you’ve got a bait that will cast as long as you want to, within
reason for tench fishing. I started using this, really,
because I was getting problems with worms falling off. And you can actually adapt
it, you can put a bit of foam in as well, just to pop them
up, but I’ve generally found that’s not required. So, a nice, really smelly
mouthful for the tench, and on certain days, that
is an absolute killer rig. That’s the kebab rig, it’s been a really successful
rig for me on Linear. One day I had 39 tench by
about midday on that rig. Other days it will be very slow on this and you’ll catch on the
maggot, but generally speaking, I’ve found this rig very, very successful. I’ve had fish over ten pounds
on it, out of Hardwick, it just seems to attract the fish. (lively soft rock) Alright, now we’ve caught a few fish, I thought I’d show you just a
little bit more of the detail of the rig that I’ve
been using for the worms. What it is is a simple,
call them quickstop, tied on with just an overhand loop to give it so it can move, and when you push it through the bait, it doesn’t actually have a knot against it so it doesn’t cut through the bait, but you get a knot,
because you’ve got a loop, you’ve then got a double piece
of line through the worm, which makes it less likely to come off. And then I’m using
eight-pound expert mono, and then that’s just
a simple knotless knot to a 10 or a 12, depending
on how big a bait you’re using, a 10 or a 12 Specimen. And then at the other
end, so that I can use a quick change swivel on the heli rig, I just tie a loop, using a loop tier, the Preston Loop Tier, and the aim of these
is to actually tie them to the same length. So you attach your hook to there, and then get your loop
that you want over the peg, the lengthy one, so you can have 10, 15, or 10, 125, 150s there. I tend to use all the
six-inch hook lengths. Take it off and put a loop over the top, and then you put your loop
tie through three times, and then the loop goes over
the point of the top bit. You slide that on, and just dampen it so it doesn’t get any friction. And then tighten it down. As it tightens, you then
pull it off the back piece, which then gives you a loop. Just tighten the loop from the tag end, and then you’ve got a
perfectly formed loop, nice and strong. It’s the same as a figure-of-eight knot with three twists in,
and if you then tie them to the right length, you
can then store lots of rigs ready-made, so that if
you get a hectic spell like you can do out here,
if you have a problem with your hook length, you
can just nip one off here. It can then be
quick-changed on the swivel, it just needs a little
collar over the end, a little sleeve to put it onto the swivel. So you’ve got maximum efficiency. You can vary the colour of the quickstop. I just pick them at
random out of a little pot where I store them in. I don’t know whether the yellow or the red actually sometimes acts
as extra attraction, but it certainly doesn’t
seem to do any harm. So there you have it. A simple, efficient rig that
you can change as you want. You can change it easily for a maggot rig, where it’s just a single hook without any hair rig on if you want. You can use the quickstops
for corn as well. Very versatile, very simple. I recommend it highly. One of the most important features in success for tench fishing
is being able to cast your feed accurately to the
same distance time after time. So what I’ve done is,
I’ve used a marker float to find out where the
feature on the cast is. There’s a little bit of a gravel bar, and that’s wound down the
marker float to the lead, so that’s exactly the same
line as my rods are gonna go to the feeders. So then, I just need to put
my feeder down and go round, and I know it’s nine, so I go round one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine. So, just then tie that down. There’s a previous
marker on the line there from a previous trip. So then just some Avid marker elastic, make a loop, just push the
elastic through four times, about an inch either side, just wet it. That means now that
if, when I’ve cast out, that is sitting by my rod top,
I know I’m nine wraps out. You can clip up if you want, but when you actually cast
out, you can hear the elastic go through the rod rings, and quite often if you’ve caught a fish and you know, rather than casting out
and clipping up again, you can just cast out and
you can hear the elastic go through the rod rings,
and you can just stop it, with a bit of practise, in
exactly the spot you want to. And that means, as long
as you cast at the right landmark on the far side, a tree, a gap in the trees, you should be exactly on the same spot so you’re gonna build up bait in one spot and bring the fish to
where your hook bait is. In the bigger gravel pit, tenches, they feed all through the day. You don’t have to be up too early, you don’t have to fish at night. I quite often wind in at night. If I’m here for a couple of
days, you can’t fish effectively during the day if you haven’t
had a good night’s sleep, so 10 o’clock, wind in, set the alarm. 5 o’clock in the morning,
put some bait in, and quite often you’ll
have one first cast. This morning, first three
casts, one on each rod, bang-bang-bang, three tench. You can’t keep that up
all day if they’re feeding and when you’ve had no sleep. Feels a good fish; it’s certainly
bigger than that last one of about three or four pounds. Ooh, that’s a good-sized tail. Looks like a completely
different colour to the last one. That last big one was all green; this one’s much more golden. It’s got next to no spawn in it yet. It’s a very long, lean fish. Probably a high seven. We’ll just put it on
the scales afterwards. Just to find out, just to confirm. Totally different coloration. Beautiful fish. In the past I’ve used the ready heli kits, but we’ve now got what we
call the adjustable heli kit, which comes with a rubber sleeve that the swivel runs up and down on. That just gives you a bit more protection in waters where you’ve got
bigger carp and big tench. There’s no risk of this
swivel line causing pressure on the reel line while
you’re playing a fish. And these are really a great bit of kit, because they’re safe as can
be, because the top bead just pops off dead easily,
couldn’t be easier. So you slide the bead
that’s on off the wire. All I’ve done here is I’ve changed the one that comes in the bag at the moment for a quick-change swivel. So you slide it on, and then
the quick-change swivel, the sleeve comes off,
and then that enables me to change my rigs very, very quickly, with just a loop on the end of them. And then, at the bottom end of it I’ve got straight through to a
little clip that allows me to change the feeder. I almost exclusively use now
the 60-gram combi feeder, which holds lots of maggots, it’s robust, it’s just about the
right weight to give you a nice bolt effect, without
being too heavy to cast when it’s full of bait. So there you have it. Very, very simple,
straight out of the packet, anybody can use it just
the same way as I do. Has nothing complex, nothing difficult to tie. So away you go, go and catch some tench! This is one of the better fish in Manor. There’s a lot of nines; in the past, I’ve had up to five nines in a session. They go to doubles;
there’s plenty of doubles in Hardwick as well. It’s one of the best
day-ticket tench fisheries in the country, and hopefully
you can come and catch some like this as well. Well, it comes down to our
last session on Linear. I’ve had a great time. Before the camera crew got here, I had about half a dozen
tench to nine-four, and since they’ve been here,
I’ve had another six or seven. Size has been a bit lower than average. I mean, normally, if you
have a dozen fish out here, you’d have a couple of
eights and probably a nine. But I’ve had a lot of smaller fish, which is a good sign for the future. Hopefully, you’ve learned a few things. There’s plenty of fish here,
they’re always welcoming, it’s a lovely venue. Get down here, catch some
tench, and enjoy yourself. Cheers! (lively soft rock)

20 comments on “Ultimate Guide to Tench Fishing – PART 1

  1. Fantastic Dai I cant wait for the weather to break and to get down to a lake I've found here in Lithuania that is full of tench. I've started tying my hook lengths and getting my gear together, thanks for the brilliant video and tips.

  2. Awesome fishing pal! , I caught my first ever tench today and Now i want to catch more so I came here for some tips and definitely wasn’t disappointed 🎣

  3. Fin condition looks really good….sometimes see fin rot and it makes the fish and area seem poor…..but, nice to see good healthy fish. thanks

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