peter fricker

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Ive been a keen fisherman since 1989 although i had a brief lay off due to family commitments im back into it in a big way again.

I used to be a lorry and bus driver but due to recent illness and Heart attacks im now unemployed and have a lot of spare time to go fishing weather permitted as im unable to sit out in the cold due to come on warm weather hurry up lol im itchin to get out and catch the first Tench of the season.:D

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Reply Les
1:19 PM on March 30, 2010 
Hey Pete,
No Probs for the reply, I must admit I do think you have a valid point about the Tench/ Crucian fishing up at White Springs. I think Vince couldn't go far wrong with a Tench/ Crucian lake (also containg Golden Tench and Orfe maybe) to add even more variety to the fishing/ facilities there. I think if you are going to target Tench at the fishery then the Pleasure lake will hold the greater numbers (going on past catches/ stockings) and you will be more likely to get luck there. Whilst I haven't fished the Pleasure lake for a few seasons this is how I caught the Tench and would approach it . Corn and worm fished on the waggler just off the marginal shelf, hard on the bottom over groundbait. Obviously Tench are notoriously sweet toothed so I would opt for a sweet mix and flavoured corn (Pineapple, strawberry or scopex my favourites) on the hook. If conditions arn't good for the float then a light ledger/ small groundbait feeder in the same area with hair rigged double corn or worm. The traditional 'pin prick' bubbles or 'fizzing patches' are usually a dead give away of a Tench's location and moving in on these areas would be a good start. Why not fish 2 rods and try both to see how the fish prefer it. Obviously you will inevitably pick up other fish (carp, bream and silvers) on these tactics but I think the Tench, if in a good number will take over the swim. Maggot is another good bait but I suspect that you'd be hammered by the silvers but bunches of them may help deter unwanted silvers.

I have fished at White Springs since the early 90's and have seen the development take place there and it is still developing. The Pleasure lake was in fact 2 lakes once upon a time, a match and Junior Pond which were merged to form the current Pleasure lake. The Specimen was also 2 lakes, a Fly lake and mixed coarse lake. The old Fly lake part was a pleasure lake for 3 or 4 seasons before being merged to form the Specimen lake and was a very good mixed lake with a good head of bream to 7/8lb. The current match lake was also 2 lakes, a any method trout lake and an enclosed stock pond with the road on the enterance hill running right through it. The other lakes (i.e. canals and Pit) are fairly new and are as they were created. So the point I am making is that alot of the waters (in particular the Specimen) were mixed coarse lakes at one time or another and all contain Tench and Bream (as these were the main quarry before the fresh water scene went total carp). I even remember having Golden Tench over 3lb and regular Green Tench between 3 and 5lb from the Specimen lake (near the soil shed). There are Tench in the Pit too but I don't think in large numbers, although I have seen some tidy examples around the 3/ 5lb mark being caught.

I sympathise with your current financial situation and know only too well its restrictioins on your fishing. However Vince is a tidy chap and I am sure a knock down price to fish the Specimen with the promise of removing any silvers caught to the canal/ pleasure lake isnt an impossibilty. He does have a couple of silver fish matches on theSpoecimen Lake during the year, maybe it would be worth tagging along to one of these to sample the fishing an option? Obviously as he developed the lakes it would have been virtually impossible to remove all unwanted species , hence the silver fish matches on there. The only thing is that there are large shoals of bream and skimmers in the specimen and if you don't mind sliming your tackle and net up with them then they run to the 8lb mark (with plenty 2-3lb). Feeder/ ledger and worm/ corn or bunches of maggots all the way on the specimen mate.

Well once again I hope my comments are of any use and wish you all the best in filling your net with Tench mate.

Tight Lines.
Reply Arkangel
12:32 PM on February 4, 2010 
Hiya Pete,
the Eel was caught on the specimen lake back in 2007 on a 18mm Mainline Activ-8 bottom bait and weighed 8lb 1oz ( Witnessed ) and is bigger then the offical welsh record which has stood for 41 years.

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