Do traditional tench waters still exist?

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Re: Do traditional tench waters still exist?

Post by Hovis » Sun May 21, 2017 7:52 pm

Kazs? Pretty grim by all accounts (not my account as I've not fished it in years). I walked round a few weeks back as there was a steam rally on, top pond was full of bivvies but bottom pond looked better as it was empty.
I have laid aside business, and gone a'fishing.

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Re: Do traditional tench waters still exist?

Post by Slumption » Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:05 am

Yes I can recommend a small lake/pond called Rocklands Mere in Norfolk. It does have some tench but its main species are crucians, its a lovely water to float fish on light gear.

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Re: Do traditional tench waters still exist?

Post by Moley » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:52 am

Old Estate Lakes are where you will find proper Tench up to 7lbs or so........not those bloated things you see in the comics from some God-forsaken gravel pit where enforced camping is required to catch the blighters.

YUK!!!

To the Mole Mind, such as it is, Tench fishing IS all about watching a float early in the morn, surrounded by pin bubbles :Hat:

That's Tenching.........

Lovely lilly girt ponds and lakes:

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Full of these:

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And hopefully lots of these:

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With some of these as well, if it is not asking too much:

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Such a place does exist and is just up the road from the Fortress :Wink:


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Re: Do traditional tench waters still exist?

Post by Nobby » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:10 am

Now that's a proper fishing venue! Does someone keep the lillies in check like that all year, Moley?

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Re: Do traditional tench waters still exist?

Post by Nobby » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:10 am

site hanging, sorry

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Re: Do traditional tench waters still exist?

Post by Northern_Nomad » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:26 pm

They do still exist......just harder to find.

I fish a natural Mere and the tench fishing is superb. It is a Syndicate of around twenty anglers and the Mere is rented by the Syndicate off a farmer and access is through his farm so strictly controlled.

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I was down there last week for 4 days, which was a week of high winds and driving rain showers. The Mere is fringed with reed beds some thirty foot deep, forty foot plus in some places so platforms are the only way to fish it unless you have a boat. One side of the Mere can only be accessed by boat but the other side has a wooden walkway through the woodland which is like something out of the Everglades with thick silty swamps. Not unusually I was the only one on for the whole time I was there. This the norm. I have joined again this year after an eight year gap as I explored other waters but I always knew I would be back. The busiest I have even seen it was once over an August Bank Holiday weekend when there were 5 people on, most of the time nobody mid week, and maybe one or two of a weekend.

Ideally you need a boat to access all the best places, but there are around 15 platforms scattered around the Mere.

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Unfortunately when packing up the car and trailer I forgot the second anchor. Out on the Mere with the high winds, using a single anchor meant I was swinging around like a frustrated suburban housewife, making float fishing nigh on impossible most of the time so baited up swims from the platforms and fished from them.

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This was one of the swims I fished.

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And some of the residents:

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As you can see from this pic it can get a bit wild.

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As well as the Tench there are Roach, Bream, Perch, Rudd and Crucians Pike (too many jacks) and Carp, all of which grow well in the aquatic soup that they swim in. In addition I've never come away from there without seeing some wonder of nature, from swimming grass snakes, kingfishers sat on the rods, or thousands and thousands of starling wheeling around the skies in formation describing weird patterns in unison.

On a final note to even things up a bit, the fantastic work done on the walkways, platforms and fencing is solely down to the Syndicate, of which around 15 are dedicated carp anglers, the other 5 being non carpers or fish for all of the species. It started life as a carp Syndicate before people who just coarse fished enquired about joining, also fed up with the commercialisation of waters. But initially it was the carpers who had the nous to band together and approach the owner. Without the carpers this little bit of heaven wouldn't exist. Yes bivvies are used but it is as far from a commercial fishery bivvy city as you can get, and that includes outlook, behaviour and manners. :Thumb:

Edit: After the high winds of last week I realised I needed a specific float type to deal with these conditions as the Mere is exposed to the prevailing wind. So these Tench lifters are now under construction for the next visit. The float I was using was a simple peacock insert made by me in 1973 and is the black one at the bottom of the photo.

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Re: Do traditional tench waters still exist?

Post by Moley » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:02 am

Nobby wrote:
Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:10 am
Now that's a proper fishing venue! Does someone keep the lillies in check like that all year, Moley?
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In a word yes oh great Nobbler. :Hat:


The lillies are kept in check every so often or they would take over.

The fish even like it that way :Thumb:

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Re: Do traditional tench waters still exist?

Post by Barbulus » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:11 pm

Thanks for the reminder and photos Neil; I think the float design will work nicely. Just half way through a month in the Aegean so no tench fishing for me .... plenty of traditional Calamari though .... good to see the results of your and fellow "Carpers" hard work there.

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