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Chigboro Fisheries – Tench Fishing

This was a bit of a special session, not really for any of the Fish caught, however, myself, Joe and Tom, the first people I brought into Essex Anglers, went down to Chigboro, a venue which has big carp, bream and tench, so something for everyone, to celebrate a year since Essex Anglers was started! (24th June) – Before we get into the nitty gritty of the fishing, a huge thank you to all of our loyal readers, it’s great to know a few people are enjoying these, and heres to another year!

Tom and Joe arrived at the venue about an hour or two before myself. And initially say on Heybridge Mere, a lake rumoured to have a few more Tench in. When I arrived nothing had been caught yet, so looked like a hard day. I setup with worm krill groundbait in a hybrid feeder and corn/small boilles on the hook. I was hoping for the Tench or Bream.

After a few chucks on the first lake, and the amount of weed being pulled back, we soon all realised feeder fishing here was probably going to be to no avail.

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We soon just took the pegs behind us on the main lake, where there was a hell of lot less weed. And started working on the swims.

We were behind a big island, which had a slight cove into it, I was in the middle of the cove and just cast into the middle of the cove, my hope was with constant accurate casting, I may be able to draw a few fish in.

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I was recasting with a full small hybrid feeder ever 5-10 minutes, and done a fairly good job at hitting the same area. The slight worry was, the lack of notifications I was getting.

Eventually, without warning, the tip bent round, fairly slowly, looked like a classic bream bite, and pulling into the fish, it came back fairly docile, fully creating the picture of a big bream on the end. However, it clearly woke up as it close in, seeing the margin snacks, and turned into a Tench!

He really put up a big fight when he got into the margin, and I had to be smart to keep him out the snags, quickly getting his head up, the net was straight under him.

Not a huge Tench, however a good few pound, it was nice to be off the mark.

I got back to my casting, and kept the same rate as it brought the first bite. and the next hour went by fairly quickly with no more signs of live, apart from a few fish topping.

I took the quiet time, to have a look on my phone, and some social media, and of course, as fishermen, we all know, thats when you get a bite!

The tip ripped round, with the rod heading lake bound! I grabbed the rod and struck, and the Fish steamed off, at first, I was worried I had hooked into a big carp, and was prepared for a long fight, however, I got the fish turned and really got the line back and got him up, to see a nice sizable Tench!

He still had a bit of fight left, but he was soon in my net! And what a beautiful male Tench he was, certinaly looked bigger than his size weighing in at 4lb!

Unfortunately, this was most of the action for all of us on our anniversary fish! With Tom managed a small Rudd, and Joe losing a good mirror by the net!

However, I do feel a good reason why it was so hard, is on a thursday, the lake was packed, and had a lot of Carpers spodding a lot of bait in. I can’t imagine that amount of pressure on a lake would mean for good fishing.

You do get a lot of the typical day ticket carpers on there too, as in the swim next to me, I had a bit of a drifting cast, and through the day his casting and spodding got gradually closer to me. Which of course, is fairly annoying, as I feel it ruined the careful casting I had been doing throughout the day. However, it is a common occourance on big carp day ticket venues.

I will definetly be back at Chigboro in the future, as I certinaly want a few more Tench, and hopefully some of the big bream which live there!

Tight Lines all, and thanks again for your committed reading!

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