If you’re a passionate angler like me, what could be better than a birthday tench. Beautiful but feisty, big enough to fight back when hooked and a joy to behold when finally on the bank, they make the perfect present.
|a perfect six pounds of birthday present|
|nearly seven pounds and thin but what a birthday beauty|
|waiting for the bobbins to fly|
The locations for my adventures have been purposefully varied. This year and last I have been on a wonderfully scenic gravel pit in Hampshire. I’m there right now as I write.
|this tame robin has noticed a bite on the buzzer|
Two years ago it was in the Cotswold Water Park, the pictures taken by my good friend Mark Woodage.
|nearly safely in the net and time for some relief|
|a beautiful fat Bradleys eight pounder|
|an inspiring place to fish|
It was snared from Bradleys, a huge but inspiring clear-water wildlife haven that is challenging at the best of times.
|spring fishing can be freezing in the wind and Mark is well wrapped up preparing for a blank|
|there are wildfowl galore to keep us entertained|
|lots of small fry provide food for many grebes and big perch|
|the odd couple but inseparable|
I love it there and would fish it more often if it wasn’t a distance away.
|a simply gorgeous tench and at 8lbs the ultimate river prize|
|what a gorgeous start to any day|
|a lobworm snaffling tench from under the willow|
|what a remarkable place to grow up and sing for my supper|
|Fenland tench seem to fight harder than any others but the tackle held - just|
|the beautiful Fenland Lode from which I caught several good tench and bream|
My biggest tench is stuck on 8lb9ozs. I’ve caught one this size from five different waters, the first from Sywell in the good old days. You’ll be relieved to hear that I have no pics of any of these big tench but I’m after a double, aren’t we all, and when I catch it I’ll make sure I take a pic. Hopefully it will come along on my birthday ; now wouldn’t that be a present and a half.
|those lilies scream tench, especially during this magic hour|