The Tench was probably the species that got me addicted to specimen angling all those years ago. When I was just 10 years old I caught a four pounder from a local brickyard pond whilst Rudd fishing and the fight has remained ingrained on the memory ever since. They are a stunning fish unlike any other in looks and they give a really good account of themselves when hooked. Also it is possible to catch several in a session which makes for an interesting day on the bank.
1st June 1984-the Yorkshire season used to start earlier than the rest of the country
|5lb 10oz May 13th 2007 Artificial sweetcorn Apperley pool|
A year later and I thrashed that fish with a fluke capture whilst Carp fishing.
|8lb 4oz 22nd May 2008 Boilie St. Johns|
Another year on and I beat that fish but this time it was by design. I realised the virtues of the humble worm and this 9lb 13oz fish has been the benchmark I have tried to beat for some time now.
|9lb 13oz 17th May 2009 Chopped worm St. Johns|
Since 2009 my Tenching has come on leaps and bounds. Springtime is spent taking multiple captures of fish with loads of 'sevens' and 'eights' and quite a few 'nines' but that elusive double still evades me.
A difficult season for Tench fishing caused by a cold spring, best this year was a 'nine' again...
I had high hopes for 2012 but my Tench sessions came and went and I fell short of the target yet again.
2013-Still no double, best an 8lb 13oz.
A good start with an 8lb 8oz specimen.......