On the back of the relative success of our previous early morning Tench session we chose to spend another few hours in a bid to better it. However on this occasion we set out late in the day with the intentions of fishing into darkness. Our chosen venue was as previous and again we had opted to fish the feeder on the Quiver Tip.
As before, we were facing a blustery easterly wind which is never ideal and for the first hour and a half we couldn’t buy a bite. As the wind eased later in the evening and the light started to change, our luck also took a turn for the better as my rod, fished at distance against an island, arced over and an unmissable bite resulted in our first fish being hooked. Up until then such bites hadn’t come our way with Gordon missing his first two and a slight air of frustration had started to creep in. This time the fish ended in the net, a nice male fish of 2lb 10oz and we were off the mark.
It was a fair while later before we got our next chance. This time a solid bump followed by a drop back saw fish number two being hooked on the same rod and from the same area as the first. This one felt fairly substantial and after a bit of a tussle, she too was safely in the net, a chunky fish and again another PB at 3lb 5oz. Fish of this size may not be remarkable in any way but giving my limited experience with Tench I was pretty happy with it.
Fishing remained slow with only a single fish each thereafter. Both fish, although very small, were perfect miniature examples of the species with Gordon’s fish being by far the smallest. Nevertheless, at least he got his fish. He was to get one last fish at the last second of fishing, a fish so miniscule that it went undetected until the rig was lifted from the water and although of diminutive stature it was another perfect example. This time, a fin perfect little Rudd.
These small fish, although not overly exciting to catch, are great to see as they are a clear example of the overall health of the fish population. These fish, in particular the Tench, seem to be breeding successfully which may bode well for the future of this little pond, assuming numbers don’t exceed the functional capacity of a limited ecosystem. This is always a possibility when an ecosystem has an obvious absence of predators thus resulting in over population of a particular species. In cases such as these the end result is generally a large number of very stunted fish.
However not to end on such a negative point, this was another great short session which resulted in fish on the bank. Perhaps not in the numbers we were hoping for but some lovely fish all the same. The Tench is very much finding itself nudging into my favourite fish list.