Andy Waters has kindly sent us some photographs from a few of his recent sessions on a Norfolk gravel pit were he has landed numerous tench to 8lb 15oz.
Andy has been using his Drennan 2lb Distance Specialist Tench & Bream rods with 60g method feeders, a short 12lb Gravel Braid hooklink and a critically balanced maze hookbait presented on a hair with a size 10 hook.
For extra attraction, Andy also adds a generous squeeze of Crab & Krill Yum Yum Bait Booster to his method feeder just before casting out. “I believe this is getting me bites a lot quicker, I’ve had quite a few takes almost instantly, just as I am clipping the bobbin on,” added Andy.
James Gould has had a great start to his tench fishing this year, landing numerous fish over his 9lb target and even breaking the magical 10lb barrier.
Over the course of three recent sessions on a Midlands gravel pit, James has managed to land an impressive 29 tench including a stunning fish of 10lb 7oz, which he had caught on a previous session 6oz lighter.
He used a spomb to introduce a small bed of maggots, hemp and micro pellet onto two spots, one at 20 yards just down the marginal shelf and the other at 36 yards adjacent a small weedbed.
James used simple Bolt Rig Feeder tactics with a short mono hooklink and red Buoyant Maggots presented on a d-ring arrangement on a size 14 hook.
We recently paid Heronbrook Fisheries a visit to put the Acolyte Margin Carp 9.5 through its paces. The result was a bulging catch of quality carp for Drennan’s resident ‘pole man’ Dan Varney!
Tackling an attractive corner swim on Meadow Pool, Dan went for an all-out margin attack down both edges. The left-hand swim was around seven metres away, tucked between a clump of grass and an adjacent platform. Here he opted for the extra stability of a 0.3g Carp 2 float to help deal with the 3ft depth and gusting winds. This swim was attacked with large pots of groundbait and micro pellets with an added glug of Yum Yum Bait Booster for extra attraction.
The right-hand swim was fished at the Acolyte Margin Carp’s full 9.5m length. This was tight to some marginal reeds in 2ft of water to demonstrate how well the pole fishes at maximum extension. Here he used a 0.2g AS4 float and adopted a lighter feeding regime involving small amounts of micros pellets and a few grains of corn tapped in each cast via a small pole pot.
Shellfish Extract Yum Yums in 4mm and 6mm sizes and sweetcorn were both tried on a size 16 Wide Gape Pellet hook to 0.16mm line. Elastic was pink Carp Bungee through a full Ghost Margin Kit. Even with this relatively strong gear the Side Pull System came into play on more than one occasion with fish to 8lb being swiftly played and landed. As the Acolyte Margin Carp is stiffer than your average ‘margin pole’ it is a great advantage for bringing hard-fighting carp to submission.
It was a tremendous day with with increasingly larger and angrier fish homing in on the feed. An impressive catch was Dan’s reward – every single one of them caught with the Acolyte Margin Carp 9.5!
Thanks to Heronbrook Fisheries in Slindon, near Eccleshall, Staffordshire, for the use of its lakes.