Monday, 24 March 2014
Down On The Farm
No closed season blues this year, I'm planning to fish at least every couple of weeks while I'm waiting for the river season to re-open.
And the first trip was to Marsh Farm this weekend, in search of a tench with James and Richard. My tactics were simple; a bait and wait approach, lift method and as light gear as I dared.
Richard had a tench fairly quickly, while James wandered off exploring, the problem with fishing with these guys is they are rather good at catching fish, and as I was fishing differently I did start to doubt my tactics.
I stuck with it through very windy conditions and just after lunch I had my first bite. Then I started getting a few roach and skimmers while I waited for a larger fish to arrive.
I've never really fished for tench before and my PB was a tiny 12oz. A bumped off fish signalled the tench had arrived, next cast produced my prize, a 1lb 4oz tench (top photo) - the first of five times I was going to up my PB this afternoon.
James joined me and now it was a bite a cast. I had another tench followed by three bream.
Weighing and photographing everything slowed us down a bit but tench were new to me and I needed PBs!
With the action thick and fast me and James managed a double hook-up, two fish in the landing net at the same time.
They really didn't want to both pose at the same time for the camera, but Richard managed a photo under a stormy sky.
I had now upped my PB to a rather more respectable 4lb 7oz and running out of time one last cast upped it again to 4lb 14oz. With a swim full of fish it was difficult to drag ourselves away.
My final score was 9 tench, 3 bream and a dozen or so roach and skimmers. And an important new PB, next step is a five.
James managed 6 tench and a little roach and Richard managed 3 tench, about 9 or 10 nice bream and a dozen or so roach, skimmers and hybrids. A great day all round.
I think it's safe to say we'll all be back. I will be after a five pound tench and I think all three if us have an eye on a crucian carp PB...