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#1 AddictedToScopex

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 11:32 AM

Hi folks,

 

Just wondering if anyone knows of any decent tench fisheries in the north west. Not looking for carp holes although I know that may end up being the only option. I am wanting to find somewhere that hasn't been completely overrun by carp ideally. 

 

I wont be able to go for a little while I don't think as I have broken my elbow meaning my rod arm is out of action for now but trying to make plans for somewhere new to try and I am itching to get among the tench as it has been years since I caught a good one despite having tried at wingham twice :)

 

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:03 PM

Having the same problem in the west midlands. Allthe local lakes are stuffed with pond pigs.

Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima.  Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.

Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullen's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.
Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub. 
Species caught in 2014: Striped catfish. Pacu. Giant gourami. Clown knife fish. Rohu. Siamese carp. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Roach. Bream. Perch. Rainbow trout. Chub. Common Carp, Ide. Brown Trout. Barbel. Mekong catfish. Jullen's golden carp. Alligator gar. Java barb.
Species caught in 2013: Mangrove Jack. Barramundi. Blubberlip snapper. Baracouda. Malabar grouper. Yellowfin Trevally. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Roach. Pike. European Eel. Bleak.
Species caught in 2012: Northern whiting. Moray eel. Barramundi. Snakehead murrel. Silver razorbelly minnow. Deccan Mahseer. Malabar mystus. Deccan rita. Spotted Malabar Grouper. Mangrove Jack. Indian sea catfish. Brown Trout. Chub. Perch. Roach. Rudd.
Species caught in 2011: Indian sea catfish. Sardine. Barramundi. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpbacked Mahseer. Yellow Fin Trevelly. Giant Trevelly. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Pike. Atlantic salmon. Dace. Minnow. Roach. Gudgeon. 
Species caught in 2010: Barramundi. Giant Trevelly. Moray eel. Indian sea catfish. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpback Mahseer. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Bass. Pike. 
Species caught in 2009: Chub. Perch. Pike. Pacu. Thai Striped Catfish. 
Species caught in 2008: Barramundi. p-i-k-e-y sea bream. Indian sea catfish. Guitarfish. Mangrove Jack. Mahseer. Squid (Not strictly a fish but it took a lure !). Emperor Sweetlip. Black Spot Snapper. Moray eel. Spangled Emperor. Bluecheek silver grunt. Yellow striped emperor. Vanikoro sweeper. Pike. Perch. Brown trout. Chub. Atlantic salmon.


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Posted 03 March 2017 - 04:22 PM

Having the same problem in the west midlands. Allthe local lakes are stuffed with pond pigs.

It's the same around here, the canal is my best bet for a tench or two without having to suffer the bloody carp.

 

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 05:52 PM

Hi Rik, This maybe isn't quite in your ideal area, nevertheless, very get to-able (near York)

 

Redwood Park Lakes.

 

I haven't fished it but looks a good selection of lakes (4) & boasts Tench up to 6 lb. & Perch up to 3 along with Barbel, Carp & Silvers etc

 

https://www.google.c...XCKp9iL_T-vE_ew

 

OK so not exactly a Tench fishery, but claims big Tench & looks a very nice venue (+ the big Perch factor)

 

No doubt the owner will tell you the best chance of the 4 lakes for Tench - You have to pay for your ticket at the house before you fish!!


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Posted 04 March 2017 - 08:40 PM

Hi Scopex,

The best advice I can give you is Join the Tenchfishers. They have active regional membership groups all over the UK and a private members-only forum for sharing information, advice, etc. They have also got groups in Ireland and Europe too. If you want to try new tench waters then there are quite a few Tenchfishers Fish-Ins organised. Quite honestly, they are the best value for money single species group around at only £25.pa (excluding a £10 one-off Joining Fee). Don't think that being a single species group you have to be ace at knocking out 10lb'ers left right and centre to join. Far from it. All you need to have is an interest in catching tench. Have a look at Tenchfishers.com and see for yourself.

BTW - I am a Tenchfisher.

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 08:01 AM

Here's an idea.
A lot of commercial fisheries have several pools. How about dropping your local ones a line and asking them whether they have a fishery on site that has a good head of tench but few if any carp.
If they don't know there is a demand, they can hardly be expected to cater for anglers looking to avoid the pond pigs.
Afterall, from their perspective, carp make sense. They cost less than half the price of tench to stock, they grow faster, they are more robust and lots of people never shut up about how much they like to catch them.

Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima.  Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.

Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullen's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.
Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub. 
Species caught in 2014: Striped catfish. Pacu. Giant gourami. Clown knife fish. Rohu. Siamese carp. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Roach. Bream. Perch. Rainbow trout. Chub. Common Carp, Ide. Brown Trout. Barbel. Mekong catfish. Jullen's golden carp. Alligator gar. Java barb.
Species caught in 2013: Mangrove Jack. Barramundi. Blubberlip snapper. Baracouda. Malabar grouper. Yellowfin Trevally. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Roach. Pike. European Eel. Bleak.
Species caught in 2012: Northern whiting. Moray eel. Barramundi. Snakehead murrel. Silver razorbelly minnow. Deccan Mahseer. Malabar mystus. Deccan rita. Spotted Malabar Grouper. Mangrove Jack. Indian sea catfish. Brown Trout. Chub. Perch. Roach. Rudd.
Species caught in 2011: Indian sea catfish. Sardine. Barramundi. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpbacked Mahseer. Yellow Fin Trevelly. Giant Trevelly. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Pike. Atlantic salmon. Dace. Minnow. Roach. Gudgeon. 
Species caught in 2010: Barramundi. Giant Trevelly. Moray eel. Indian sea catfish. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpback Mahseer. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Bass. Pike. 
Species caught in 2009: Chub. Perch. Pike. Pacu. Thai Striped Catfish. 
Species caught in 2008: Barramundi. p-i-k-e-y sea bream. Indian sea catfish. Guitarfish. Mangrove Jack. Mahseer. Squid (Not strictly a fish but it took a lure !). Emperor Sweetlip. Black Spot Snapper. Moray eel. Spangled Emperor. Bluecheek silver grunt. Yellow striped emperor. Vanikoro sweeper. Pike. Perch. Brown trout. Chub. Atlantic salmon.


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 09:18 AM

Here's an idea.
A lot of commercial fisheries have several pools. How about dropping your local ones a line and asking them whether they have a fishery on site that has a good head of tench but few if any carp.
If they don't know there is a demand, they can hardly be expected to cater for anglers looking to avoid the pond pigs.
Afterall, from their perspective, carp make sense. They cost less than half the price of tench to stock, they grow faster, they are more robust and lots of people never shut up about how much they like to catch them.

 

 Been there, and done that Ken, with private owners, club committee/members, and as you know, those that cast a bait in these places. The reply is usually, 'this is what the punters want'. The equation is, more fish in pond = more bums on bank = more revenue for 'fishery'. Carp being the usual cheapest option, with a few alien/exotic species thrown in for good measure. I prefer being regarded as an angler, not a 'punter' or customer, but it's now a business, and that's how we are seen, with the catching of fish being the 'product' on sale. 

 There was a time when I had to actively search for a water that held a few carp, now it's harder to find one that doesn't, and that includes many of our rivers.

 

John.

 

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 11:35 AM

But the tide is turning. On a recent thread on the BAA's forum, someone asked what sort of veues the association should aim to aquire in the future - and the majority of respondants wanted a fishery with no carp. Tench, crucians and rudd topped the most wanted list.

Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. Striped catfish. Rohu. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima.  Black Minnow Shark. Perch. Chub. Brown Trout. Pike. Bream. Roach. Rudd. Bleak. Common Carp.

Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp. Jullen's golden carp. Striped catfish. Mekong catfish. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Alligator gar. Rohu. Black Minnow Shark. Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Rudd. Common Carp. Pike. Zander. Chub. Bleak.
Species caught in 2015: Brown Trout. Roach. Bream. Terrapin. Eel. Barbel. Pike. Chub. 
Species caught in 2014: Striped catfish. Pacu. Giant gourami. Clown knife fish. Rohu. Siamese carp. Amazon red tail catfish. Arapaima. Roach. Bream. Perch. Rainbow trout. Chub. Common Carp, Ide. Brown Trout. Barbel. Mekong catfish. Jullen's golden carp. Alligator gar. Java barb.
Species caught in 2013: Mangrove Jack. Barramundi. Blubberlip snapper. Baracouda. Malabar grouper. Yellowfin Trevally. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Roach. Pike. European Eel. Bleak.
Species caught in 2012: Northern whiting. Moray eel. Barramundi. Snakehead murrel. Silver razorbelly minnow. Deccan Mahseer. Malabar mystus. Deccan rita. Spotted Malabar Grouper. Mangrove Jack. Indian sea catfish. Brown Trout. Chub. Perch. Roach. Rudd.
Species caught in 2011: Indian sea catfish. Sardine. Barramundi. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpbacked Mahseer. Yellow Fin Trevelly. Giant Trevelly. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Pike. Atlantic salmon. Dace. Minnow. Roach. Gudgeon. 
Species caught in 2010: Barramundi. Giant Trevelly. Moray eel. Indian sea catfish. Mangrove Jack. Deccan Mahseer. Humpback Mahseer. Chub. Brown Trout. Perch. Bass. Pike. 
Species caught in 2009: Chub. Perch. Pike. Pacu. Thai Striped Catfish. 
Species caught in 2008: Barramundi. p-i-k-e-y sea bream. Indian sea catfish. Guitarfish. Mangrove Jack. Mahseer. Squid (Not strictly a fish but it took a lure !). Emperor Sweetlip. Black Spot Snapper. Moray eel. Spangled Emperor. Bluecheek silver grunt. Yellow striped emperor. Vanikoro sweeper. Pike. Perch. Brown trout. Chub. Atlantic salmon.


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 12:30 PM

But the tide is turning. On a recent thread on the BAA's forum, someone asked what sort of veues the association should aim to aquire in the future - and the majority of respondants wanted a fishery with no carp. Tench, crucians and rudd topped the most wanted list.

 

 I hope you're right Ken, and some are waking up to fisheries with a varied, balanced stock level, of species. But I won't hold my breath, and it's much too late for many fisheries unless a more realistic view on stock control is adopted.

 

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 12:51 PM

I guess if you are used to a fish-a-chuck from a stock pond, having to actually work for a fish is a bit of a disappointment.