The biggest tench capture of the year so far has been made using the Red-I line that Angling Times gave away on the cover of our April 28 edition. The huge 11lb 14oz tinca was tempted by Steven Evans during an overnight session fishing CEMEX Angling’s Hooks Marsh, a 70-acre Essex gravel pit popular with big-tench anglers.
Positioning his rigs in a lightly- weeded area on top of a bar at 50yds’ range, the 42-year-old Hertfordshire-based bricklayer got the all-important bite just a few hours into only his second visit to the fishery this year.
“At first, I thought a carp was the culprit as it screamed off and was stripping line off my reel at an incredible rate of knots,” he said.
“It wasn’t until it came along the margin and wiped out my second rod that I saw in the light from my headtorch that it was a big tench,” he added.
Steven beat his new personal best with a 14mm Fishing Wizard Milky Maple boilie. It was mounted on a hair off the back of a Korum S3 hook on an 8ins 6lb Red-i mono hooklink, and fished in conjunction with a PVA bag of freebies over a bed of hemp and pellets.
Another tench enthusiast also putting his free gift to good use was Chris Coughtrey, who caught a 10lb specimen from a Sussex reservoir.
Fishing traditional waggler tactics, the 26-year-old local police support officer presented four maggots over a clear spot just a few yards from the bank baited with maggots and groundbait, smashing his previous pb of 6lb with the capture.
He said: “The wind had been too strong in the morning for the float and I’d had a few bream further out on the feeder. Once it eased off, though, I cast out my waggler set-up and it buried almost instantly.”
Despite the specimen doing its best to find sanctuary in an overhanging bush, Chris got it safely to the bank with 6lb Red-i reel line fished straight through to a size 16 Kamasan Animal hook.