|six of the best to start the day|
|such a beautiful spot you don't even need to cast in|
|another six plusser to add to the tally|
|a battling male to enjoy in the sunshine - what a scrapper|
Like almost every angler, I would love to catch a tench over ten pounds but am stuck on 8lb 9ozs and unbelievably, that weight has been repeated on five different waters! So, if you’re reading this and want to invite me to join you on a BIG tench water, then please go ahead!
|carefully and quickly back to his watery home|
Although I always prefer to fish with a float, on this occasion I decided to try this ‘new’ technique called ‘Method Feeder’! Yes, OK, I’m behind the times but also proud to be a traditionalist. So having read plenty about it in the angling ‘comics’ as my wife Sue rudely calls them, I reckoned I knew enough to make a success of it. So, as instructed, I cast frequently for the first hour and avoided the noisy kersplosh of my spomb.
|the quiet wait for a bite - perfect|
|yet another cracker - I began to lose count|
One advantage it has of which I do approve is that it gives you more time to enjoy the waterside scenery and watch the wildlife, just as important as catching fish for a nature nut like me.
|alarms turned right down and taped up so they don't scare the wildlife - or me|
|Chris in action on the weedy back bay - a delightful spot and tench heaven|
Reverting to small baits wasn’t an option because of the shoals of ravenous rudd. I’m sure Mr Bowler would have cracked the problem in no time but in the end Chris gave up with the float, cast out a boilie armed method feeder and by the evening had landed three tench, including his PB.
|Chris's tench PB of 6/7 - extracated with diffculty from the weed - he was quite pleased!|
|an even bigger tench but not quite as heavy|
|the magical 'lift method'|
|a fat fighter - I think she'd been on the spinach|
|the magic and madness of bubbling tench|
|what a gorgeous time to be 'out there' - with or without fish|
|rivers meet - the Avon and Stour at Claypool - dawn magic|