Tench off the bottom

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Tench off the bottom

Post by Stathamender » Sat May 26, 2018 1:55 pm

The conventional wisdom is that tench are bottom feeders (it's them stirring up the mud that causes the bubbles) and bait needs to be nailed down. But I've caught them fishing baits either off the bottom (float) or buoyant (e.g. dog biscuit) from a leger rig. Others' experience?

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Re: Tench off the bottom

Post by Luga00 » Sat May 26, 2018 2:15 pm

I have caught a lot of tench by fishing a bait suspended a couple of inches above bottom.

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Re: Tench off the bottom

Post by Shed_Monkey » Sat May 26, 2018 2:32 pm

A friend and I used to take tench off the top from a lake with a good head of wildies - maybe they learned from them, but it was regular enough to be worth trying on certain swims.

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Re: Tench off the bottom

Post by Dave Burr » Sat May 26, 2018 2:52 pm

I've had them hard on the bottom, just off the bottom and even on floating crust but I did mention on another post that in the Korda dvd's they seemed reluctant to take pop-ups.

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Re: Tench off the bottom

Post by Phil Arnott » Sat May 26, 2018 3:54 pm

I've caught an odd tench on-the-drop. I once fished for some fish which were chasing each other around in groups of 5 to 8 fish in what appeared to be a prelude to spawning. They were in 4ft to 5ft of water and I caught them in mid-water with lobworm by casting over them and slowly reeling the bait in among them. I've seen them take a surface bait but never caught one on the surface.

Tench are a species that can be very cute at times.

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Re: Tench off the bottom

Post by Nigel Rainton » Sat May 26, 2018 5:30 pm

My biggest haul of tench were mainly caught on slow sinking bread or luncheon meat hanging just under lily pads. That reminds me, I haven't been tench fishing for quite a while :-)

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