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 have grown on nicely since then.
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.
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 upto 3lbs in weight were caught in the House pool on Sweetcorn.
Best baits: Sweetcorn, pellet, worm and maggot.
• 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.