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Old 06-07-2016, 10:48
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That's a shame to hear that about Blenheim.
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Old 06-07-2016, 12:29
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I live a couple of miles away from Blenheim and only fished it a few times just as it started to go down hill. I don't know anyone local who fishes it now for tench, just a few go for the big perch in the winter
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Old 09-07-2016, 08:28
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6 nice Tench all caught on float fished casters on Thursday morning in very windy conditions


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Old 12-07-2016, 23:41
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Lovely fish David. Good angling.
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Old 15-07-2016, 10:53
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David - yep, some lovely olives there.

George - that's poor about Blenheim. Same thing has happened with Orchardleigh estate lake, although that was mainly down to human intervention when the previous owners tried to turn it into a commercial day ticket fishery - apparently most of the original stock (which included a lot of big tench and some lovely Leney carp) were removed and replaced with those ugly quick growing footballs. It's now part of a different hotel chain and it's gone back to being for guests only, but it's already ruined.

Anyway, I understand the tench fishing is still pretty good on the Somerset levels in the drains. They've never been fished for that much either, as most people tend to go for the carp, pike and bream. I've not read or heard of otter problems on the drains, except for on the Brue, which you wouldn't be looking at for tench anyway. King's Sedgmoor is your best bet for bigger lumps, whilst the North and South drains both contain large shoals of small to medium sized fish.

You could also try Cheddar reservoir. There always used to be some enormous lumps in there, and they were quite easy to find in still conditions. The only problems are that it is literally a concrete bowl (although there is prolific summer weed growth in the margins for most of the way around), in the summer there is constant bankside traffic from walkers, runners and picnicers, and you can now only fish from the flat bank shelf. On the plus side, it's now run by a club and day tickets are actually both cheaper (it had gone up to 10 a day a few years ago - now 6) and a lot easier to get hold of. There is also a season ticket available, which wasn't an option before. Oh, and no night fishing allowed now. Although they may have done away with that years ago for all I know.
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Old 29-07-2016, 18:06
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had a nice day out today think i had 7 tench in total and lost 2 up to abut 5lbs....back to the rivers now for me!

the morning fish all fell to boilie but the afternoon fish all came on the maggot which was rather weird
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Old 14-01-2017, 13:05
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Hi Guys,
Thinking of buying a Drennan Acolyte 15ft Plus for Tench on the Float as my Drennan Tench at 12'9 struggles a bit in the deep water i fish !
Anybody use one ?
Dave
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Old 12-04-2017, 20:53
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Having not had much to post about on the barbel pages last season I thought I would get after some tench this Spring. I have had a very exciting couple of weeks having found a beautiful little lake that I can cycle to. It's run by a small match fishing group and they have been busy doing environmental work and stocking it with Rudd, tench and crucians. I have had two trips so far and have caught 7 beautiful tench ranging in size from 4lbs or so down to little baby ones that are very cute. It's an idyllic spot and I am really enjoying arriving Yates style by bike! It takes me back to cycling to the River Tone at Roughmoor after the grayling when I was 13. I saw some of the crucians on the bank this afternoon, gorgeous golden fish!
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Old 13-04-2017, 12:48
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Simon - care to mention the name of this lake and/or where it is? PM if you don't want to broadcast it. Or just say "no" outright.

Struggling to find anywhere (any NICE places, at least) round our parts with crucians.
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