Nineoaks has 3 Coarse lakes, with Tench in the Main Lake and House Pool. Our largest recorded Tench has been one of 5lb from the House pool.
Many small Tench were stocked during late autumn 2011 and again autumn 2017, and have grown on nicely since then.
Tench have been caught, at Nineoaks, from as early as January, with spring, i.e the warmer months through autumn being the best time. Tench generally hug the bottom, around reeds and under or close to Lilly pads, with Sweetcorn and Worm baits being good all-round baits at most times of the year. Maggots, while being an excellent bait, will generally provide the Roach and non-carp species. We do not have huge numbers of Tench, consequently they are not caught here regularly.
While we don’t have the biggest Tench we do have some lovely golden/light green olive examples that give a really good fight for their size.
The village of Oakford in the County of Ceredigion (where we are located) is generally mild and Tench can be caught all year here - including January and November! In November 2008, 3 Tench up to 3lbs in weight were caught in the House pool on Sweetcorn.
Best baits: Sweetcorn, pellet, worm and maggots.
General fishing methods for catching Tench:
Tench respond very well to ground baiting so start by laying down a bed of groundbait using brown crumb or continental groundbait with sweetcorn, casters, chopped up worms and some of your hook bait mixed in. Other combinations can also be used for groundbait; hemp, particles and small pellets are a good choice. Tench seem to prefer a sweet bait and some anglers add molasses, a sweet syrup, to their groundbait or other sweet tasting additives. This is not a hard and fast rule though; if you want to try savoury or spicy baits there is nothing stopping you.
As in Match Fishing, keep feeding often and lightly to keep their interest
Tench bites are usually a couple of knocks or small lifts of the float (a lift bite where the float rises) then it slides away slowly under the water. Be patient and wait for the bite to develop fully when the float disappears completely then strike. With a big tail Tench are hard-fighting fish and good tackle is advised.
Baits for catching Tench:
A baits list is endless but well known to catch tench are worms, lob worms, redworms, pellet, sweetcorn, bread (large piece of flake seems best but can also be caught on either punch, flake and paste), maggots (Red seems best), casters, pinkies, mini-boilies, pellets, prawns, cockles and mussels (not those pickled in vinegar).
As with all fishing, if you are not catching then make a small change, move the float up or down a little, or change method or bait and try another. Do not be afraid to try something different and keep trying.
When you have caught a tench, as with all fish, handle it carefully. DO NOT use a towel, cloth or anything similar to hold the fish. We recommend holding the fish by putting your hand under the landing net and using the wet net to hold it with. This is the safest way, if it flip-flops it is still in the net and not on the ground. Plus a wet net also helps in keeping your warm hands away from it!
When using maggots mixed in your groundbait, add a few dead ones too as these will not bury themselves in the mud.
Tench have been caught, at Nineoaks, from as early as January, with spring through autumn being best. Tench generally hug the bottom, around reeds and Lilly pads, with Sweetcorn and Worm baits being good all-round baits at most times of the year. Maggots, while being an excellent bait, will generally provide the Roach and non-carp species. We do not have huge numbers of Tench, consequently they are not caught here regularly.
While we don't have the biggest Tench we do have some lovely golden/light green olive examples that give a really good fight for their size.
How to Identify your catch and learn some useful facts on all species of Fresh Water Fish:
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• Main Lake has an average depth of 4-5ft. There are plenty of trees, bushes and bays all around the lake that provide lots of features to fish in to and under. A good variety of Carp of all sizes with the biggest going into the mid-20's. Main also has some excellent Roach fishing, skimmers, small Tench, and Grass carp up to 14lb. We also have some excellent Roach fishing with Roach up to 1 1/2lb with plenty around the 3/4lb mark. Tench go up to 3lb.
• House pool is about 10ft deep in the middle with 4ft deep margins and lots of reeds and Iris. Plenty of features and trees/bushes on 3 sides and a large lilly bed to one side - which we do not allow fishing in. House, like Main, has a good head of Carp plus good Bream, excellent Roach up to 2lb, nice Tench and a couple of Grass Carp up to 10lb. Carp here go up to 18lb with an average of about 4lb. Some awesome Roach fishing with a large shoal congregating towards the center in summer months and about 1-2ft down. Roach in here go over 2lb. Tench up to 5lb.
• Novices is between 4ft and 6ft deep in the middle. Some tree cover and 3ft deep margins. There are only a couple of Tench. Plenty of Carp up to 4lb with plenty of 1/2lb'ers and surprisingly good Roach to keep the novice, beginner or expert angler busy all day. To one side of the Lake there is a thick hedge providing plenty of cover when it's windy.