Saturday, 10 March 2012

Drinkwater park tench fishing almost like the good old days!

Well after a number of trips down to drinkies in the last few weeks to either stock roach or remove weed I thought it was time to go armed with a rod. I have been popping down and dropping a little bait, pigeon seed mix, into a few likely looking swims over the last week with the intention of trying to catch one of the bigger fish left in the water that escaped the netting of a few years back. I have known that there are decent fish present still for a few years now but other than some sessions a few years back where i took several big bream the tench have remained elusive. I thought it was time to resolve that and take a trip down memory lane in the process this season.

For those who are not familiar with drinkies it was always a renowned tench water and bags of up to a dozen or more tench were not uncommon in the past. Float fishing corn or bread into the the night watching a starlight was the way i my brother and many friends spent our teenage years and they were the best years of my life but could i recreate just a little of that magic?

Being early in the season for tench and with the fish stocks in drinkies being significantly dented I wasn't expecting to bag up but a few bites would have made me happy. I arrived after 4pm thinking a few hours either side of dusk would be enough. I set up in a swim I have baited lately floatfishing corn over a few freebies of corn bread mash and a few pellets real traditional tench fishing old school.


After around 45 minutes and having seen some fish activity in the area i received a bite and struck into my first drinkies tench in over 5 years! My brother Chris had popped down to say hello and was on hand with the net to land what turned out to be a 3lb tench. To say I was happy is an understatement as drinkies, particularly float fishing for tench on drinkies holds a very special place in my heart that those who knew the place years ago will understand. I am glad Chris was there as I know he appreciates those special evenings many years ago. Here is the fish nothing spectacular but very special to me!


After that fish catching was irrelevant so I just soaked up the atmosphere watching my nightlight glow in the darkness whilst reminiscing about the good old days. I did miss a few tentative bites and lost a decent fish in a snag just before packing up at around 9pm. So to sum up I am one happy angler right now and the future looks bright for drinkies now the salford friendly anglers are involved.

6 comments:

  1. you and the team deserve all the joy you get form this place now after all your efforts. well done mate.

    danny
    www.satonmyperch.blogspot.com

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  2. Tht Tench is special to me. I had rope burns and chapped hands after that dredging session. To see a fish of that quality makes it all worthwihile.

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  3. Thanks for the comments I am still smiling thinking about that fish and there are plenty more to follow I hope! I too had rope burns Dave along with a bad back and sore knees after the raking session but the old phrase goes you reap what you sow and drinkies can only go from strength to strength with the salford friendly anglers involved.

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  4. Thanks for the comments I am still smiling thinking about that fish and there are plenty more to follow I hope! I too had rope burns Dave along with a bad back and sore knees after the raking session but the old phrase goes you reap what you sow and drinkies can only go from strength to strength with the salford friendly anglers involved.

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