Tom Baird

For the love of Tench

So, I love Tench/Tinca’s, what a fish and what a fighter. There’s nothing like seeing the fizzing in the water and know that the green beauty is down there. I usually fish for them early morning or late afternoon. From 11am to 3pm I never have much luck.

Now over the years I have caught some amazing fish and I’m very lucky in some of the places I get to fish. Its all about knowing the water and what works in that particular place.

Now when I’m at a certain lake, I use a method feeder rig with Squid and Krill red size 10mm boilies or an inline feeder with maggots. Now there is no need to bait the area to death. Just a small amount of ground bait with around three boilies stuck into the ground bait, so it looks like a traffic light. Once casted in the desired location, a few more boilies around the area near your bait.

Now I’m not teaching you to suck eggs or anything. So, find what works for you and try different rigs/setups. Trial and error are always the best way to learn. Even when you want to give up, keep going and one day it will pay off. It took me 7 years to catch from my local river, now I know where and what to do in my location.

See, on the River where I love catching these majestic creatures, I find a simple float set up works with mixed maggots on the hook. Few mags and ground bait chucked out around the float. They seem to love the margins, right under your feet.

Now I use Barbel rods for Tench fishing 1.75 lb test curve. That’s what I have been showed and used time and time again. It’s a better fight and seems to keep the fish on better. But again, do what works for you.

I’m sure you will catch some amazing Tinca’s and enjoy the amazing colours from deep dark green to a golden colour. The big fan tale and the red fiery eyes. Everything about this fish makes it all worthwhile.

I would love to see your Tinca pictures, so please put them on Essex Anglers Community and a little background of how you caught the beauty.

Bailey Payne

Growing up Fishing

I started fishing when I was young, probably around 5, from what I can remember anyway. My Dad is who introduced me to the world of Fishing. When I look back on my view of Fishing as a kid, it’s so niave, I thought there was only one way to fish, just the way my Dad done it. I owe him a lot for showing me how to fish, it was such a nice way to pass the time and truly just think. I first started Fishing the Pole, which in Essex is a bit of a dying art. Just catching whatever species came my way, my early memories are Fishing Gloucester Park in Basildon, and arguing with my dad about unhooking an eel, why would I want to unhook a water snake?! And then as I got into Fishing more, we joined the Billericay Club, 4am mornings to get to the Southminster pits I loved, catching bags of small Perch and Roach, such an innocent start to the sport. The joy of catching a Tench on part of my peanut butter sandwich is one which sticks in my mind. I think those days as a kid, enjoying catching anything, shaped me as an Angler, in those early days, I learnt a lot of love and respect for the fish, and it made me enjoy catching anything, and to this day, I still don’t care what I catch, whether it be the smallest fish in the lake, or a new personal best, as long as it bites, it would put a smile on my face.

I guess the whole point here is to set the tone of what I am about when it comes to Fishing, and what you guys should expect moving forward with my blogs. And the truth is anything really, I love catching anything, on any day. Admitingly, at the moment I am loving my River Fishing, but, I have done so much more, I Pole Fish, Fish on the Tip with a Feeder or on the Bomb, I have a Fly Rod (Won’t say I can Fly Fish, yet!), Will be Lure Fishing too and will have trips Sea Fishing. I will talk about the gear I use, which is best descriped by Budget gear! The hope is to continue to grow as an Angler, and share my growth with you guys, and hopefully I can teach someone else something, or just spark a bit of passion to go and pick up a Rod, or to try something new.

I will leave you all with a few pics from the last year or so of some different catches, which is a bit of a mixed bag really! A few of the trips are recent and may get their own blog so if you see them again just go with it!