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Planning a Specimen Tench Campaign (Part 3/4)

Location, Location, Location!

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Location, Location, Location!

It is often said that the most successful angler is the one that presents his rigs to feeding fish on more occasions than his angling brethren. Location is the key to doing this and assuming your water is a pit of 20 acres plus then this is no easy task. This means getting busy with a plumbing rod to locate features and determine the make up of the bottom, weedbeds, siltbeds etc. You should also read Chris Turnbull's book "Success With Big Tench" it has an excellent location chapter. See our books page. As discussed in the Planning feature use your map overlays to mark on all relevant features of interest. You are looking for bars, plateaux areas, drop offs. Do not neglect the margins as these are classic tench areas particularly if you have a fairly steep drop off. If you can use a boat and an echo sounder then this job will be done rapidly but ensure you are wearing the correct safety kit before setting sail.

Crack Of Dawn, Up Before The First Sparrow Far..!

Well there are lots of features in a pit to be located, but which do the tench inhabit. It's time to get up early and seek fish activity. 3.45am is about right in May and I'd leave the rods in the car. Look for rolling, "porpoising", said to be a sign of travelling fish and bubbling. Early mornings are usually still, trying to do this with a big wave action on a pit is almost impossible. Keep an eye on wind direction too, I believe it has a significant effect and prefer to fish into wind. Mark all sightings on your map. Some pits I know seem to show little and then you have no option but to fish "features" until you see some action. However I reckon it's an 80% chance of seeing fish in the right conditions on most waters.

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