Top Pond Tench Keston 2011
The top pond at Keston is smaller than the bottom pond but contains just as much weed which makes presentation a little difficult. The lake holds a few carp to around 18lb and this includes some spectacular coloured Koi most probably unwanted pets. The usual problems of dog walkers, weed and hard fishing will have to be overcome if I want a Keston tinca.
31/08/11 - I decided to complete my first session, a quick one after work on a overcast mild day. One rod was rigged with a simple free running ledger with a long hook link straight through to a size 8 (specialist barbed) and the other, my main rod, on a more traditional waggler float set up straight through to smaller size 12 (specialist barbed) hook . Both on 1 1/2lb test curve soft tip barbel rods with 8lb line. On the float set up I positioned most of the shot four inches from the hook in order for the bait to get to the bottom through the blanket weed leaving only a small tip of the waggler showing to catch the most sensitive of bites.
On arrival there were many people fishing including the spot I had my eye on but they soon vanished and I moved in. Prawns were chosen bait for the hook with 6mm trout pellets and some ground bait scattered in the area. I tried to place the hook baits in gaps in the weed but still felt my presentation was being compromised. These tactics were recommended to me by a good fisherman and so I will persevere with them for now. The evening passed quickly and I had no fish. Just one uplift bite was all I had to show for the session. On my next session I may rake the swim prior to fishing to clear some weed allowing the hook bait presentation to be spot on and stir the bottom up.I will keep you updated until I get my prize.
**/09/11 - I planned to do the whole day tench fishing starting early but woke up to heavy rain and wind. so opted to go back to bed. I eventually got down to the lake at 11am and was surprised not to see a fisherman in sight. As the lake was free of anglers I got the rake out and cleaned my chosen swim. For an hour I raked the weed away until I felt the shudder of gravel. Feeling confident I cast out two feeders with bolt rigs fished in conjunction with prawns. Black ground bait mixed with 6mm pellet, hemp, sweetcorn and some maggots was spread over the raked area. The day passed quick and before long I was due home with not even a single bite. I did however have a go for a carp called Goldie of the top but managed to catch two ducks. I had to actually reel the duck in, net it and then my mate Chris unhooking the beak. I tried to keep them of the bait but sometimes they are so quick its not possible. I will catch a tench from this lake and am now more determined then ever. I'm positive prime time is early mornings and so this weekend I will be up early whatever the weather. My mate Karl also joined me but had nothing to show for his efforts.
I had a chat with a man named Dave who had caught two carp on one of my previous sessions. It turned out the next day he landed a carp called rusty and a 17lb mirror (nice fishing). Maybe I will have a proper go at the top pond carp?? In conclusion it was a nice session with a good social but no fish.