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Hammer and Pickle 11:13 Tue May 29
Tench Fishing Techniques
I invite discussion as it is the summer months

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munkyfunk 10:35 Fri Jun 1
Re: Tench Fishing Techniques
Newtons

Had to drop wingham this year due to having to be nearer home, (family stuff)
Got a Brooklands and Frimley pit 4 ticket.
Will be back on there prob next year all going well...
Still keep in the loop with stuff going on the pond tho….o

Hammer and Pickle 12:12 Fri Jun 1
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It's a hunger thing, isn't it?

Crassus 12:11 Fri Jun 1
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Nothing really mate
Application of that taught by really class anglers
So spent the afternoon, unlike others fishing but blanking with static bait on the lead or feeders, with a true great, just watching and observing fish from the opposite bank, noted they ignored all bait on the riverbed but were taking individual grains bouncing the bottom as they fell
When I did start fishing, no one else had caught, I just replicated as best as possible a bait to suit their feeding, hence the small hook and single grain
Massively rising water meant an hour maximium, so waded out above the waist, first cast missed bite, second cast fish
Anyone with an ounce of fishing knowhow would have done that, the knowhow came from the advice of not fishing but watching first

Hammer and Pickle 12:01 Fri Jun 1
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Seriously.

Hammer and Pickle 12:00 Fri Jun 1
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Wow.

Respect.

Crassus 11:57 Thu May 31
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Plenty

As described below, best fishing ever, stret pegging over depth, rising River Wye - balsa 6 swan hand made float/pin/hexagraph with a size 20 forged gilt hook and single grain of corn.fished 4ft over depth in 5ft of water

Shear poetry, made that bait jive

All filmed - my moment of 15 minutes angling fame, of sorts

Hammer and Pickle 11:48 Thu May 31
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Ever caught barbel on a float?

Crassus 11:46 Thu May 31
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All subject to the species sort, their feeding habits, the environment being fished and bait employed Picks

The techniques described have covered a range of float fishing methods, but by no means all, upon still and moving water

Hammer and Pickle 11:32 Thu May 31
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Forgive me, but why not just a simple quill with the right depth to skim the ground just right?

Crassus 11:28 Thu May 31
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Thats the watercraft aspect, recreating the free offering
And yes, one or two along the way

Hammer and Pickle 11:25 Thu May 31
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OK.

It's about the wafting to get the slack though.

Ever actually caught anything?

Crassus 11:22 Thu May 31
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On a lake without flow, or even marginal drift, you are fishing float to bulk shot to depth of water, straight down

On a river with flow, you increase the distance between the two commensurate to flow strength, so could be fishing 6ft between in 3ft of straight line water depth, thus creating an angle of line between bulk and float, with a tail beyond, wafting to create the action of a free offering

Visualise that?

Hammer and Pickle 11:14 Thu May 31
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I believe I follow you - would have to be there with you though as there are physical aspects I can't get my head round here.

Crassus 11:08 Thu May 31
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Rivers

You were laying on or stret pegging

Same principle but different as follows

On the river you over shot as lift method, but over depth the length between float and bulk shot to hold back the float against the flow, and create an angle- pushing the bait by flow, beyond the bulk. You then have a tail, after the bulk, downstream, anything from inches to feet, subject to depth, flow strength and bottom

Held firm you are laying on, stret pegging involves lifting the rod tip and playing line to ease the bait through the swim as desired

Had by finest barbel upon the Wye by just that very stret pegged method, not the biggest, but a fine double on a balsa flaot, pin and hexagraph

Hammer and Pickle 10:58 Thu May 31
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hahaha!

Crassus 10:57 Thu May 31
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* pin and quill*

So excited I can't type

have a really muggy, clammy night here, rain just started, absolutelty banging tench weather - been telling The Duchess and Daught' - with no recipricol understanding

Birds - tench and football waste of time ...

Hammer and Pickle 10:53 Thu May 31
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I've had roach lift my float on the Thames at Goering.

Crassus 10:53 Thu May 31
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And yes of course

Classic tench technique mate, and an absolute pleasure to take fish on with a oin, quill flaot and proper rod

Love tench but by fuck don't get me started upon barbel ....

Hammer and Pickle 10:52 Thu May 31
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Yes yes.

But has the lift method ever worked for you?

Crassus 10:50 Thu May 31
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Picks

As I have quoted on many threads - Tzung Tzu - before fighting your enemy know your enemy

Ok - tench are mainly bottom feedeers, check out their mouth shape, they hover at say 45 degrees above the lake bed and hoover - so nail you bait to the bottom and visualise that which I described under the lift method

Now by total contradicition, they will also roll upon the surface, particuarly evident when shoaled up pre / post spawning - a rolling tench is a feeding tench in my experience, they rise up and down the water column grazing. Perfect on the drop conditions.

I would however, always back the nailed hard to the bottom methods as a start.

Hammer and Pickle 10:44 Thu May 31
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Because I have not.

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