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What is your best bait for Tench ?

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#1 James Pos

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 06:07 PM

Can any of you tell me what is your best bait for Tench? I want to catch some tench on this pit that can get very weeded over in summer can someone help? I have never fished for tench on there yet.:help:

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 06:11 PM

This year, I've caught more on worm than anything else. I think overall I've probably caught most tench on corn. I've also caught plenty on bunches of maggots, luncheon meat and bread.

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 07:00 PM

I find sweetcorn or double red maggot the best here up in Scotland. Dawn and dusk being the only times toi fish on some of the shallower ponds. Good luck m8 let us know how you get on :)
A bad days fishing is better than a good day at the office. Tight lines all.

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 07:49 PM

Black pudding and cockles (in that order)...


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Posted 04 July 2006 - 08:36 PM

My first choice is worm beware if there catalogue perch about though.
then i switch to either corn or meat.
everytime i catch a fish i'm lucky when i blank i'm a hopeless angler.

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 10:31 PM

Give a corn and red maggot cocktail a try.

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 10:50 PM

sweetcorn for me, sweetcorn and red maggot cocktail works well

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 11:58 PM

He who simply trys, Is not trying hard enuff

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Posted 05 July 2006 - 02:23 AM

Sweetcorn, Cockles and trout pellet paste for me

I've tried Chris's blacj pudding suggestion a couple of times now, and had no luck, although to be fair I had no luck on corn or pellets either in the same sessions

My PB tench (in my avatar <-------) was taken on a single grain of corn on a size 16 hook fished next to some lillypads

I had some good results a couple of season ago making a paste out of high oil trout pellets, I poured some boiling water over some 3mm pellets, left them to soften and cool, then added an egg and kneeded to a paste, fishing a lump of this over a bed of the 3mm pellets worked quite well! sadly bream and carp liked it just as much!


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Posted 05 July 2006 - 03:58 AM

Does anyone get the opportunity to "rake" their swims before tench fishing. It used to be a lot easier when we had the old closed season....you could go down to the pond and rake your chosen swim for several days before the 16th then pitch up over night and start fishing just as it starts getting light.

Had some superb results like that especially with a bit of pre-baiting but it's not easy to do now that the waters are open all year.