Norfolk angler catches five double-figure tench

An angler has taken one of the biggest hauls of specimen tench in history, after undertaking a huge bait bombardment to stir the fish into a feeding frenzy.

Colin Hall banked an incredible five double-figure tincas to a top weight of 11lb 2oz during a memorable red-letter session at a Norfolk stillwater.

As well as the big one, the 45-year-old caught fish weighing 10lb 10oz, 10lb 4oz, 10lb 2oz and 10lb 1oz, along with nine others between 6lb and 9lb. To top off his mega hit at the prolific Bawburgh Lakes complex near Norwich, Colin also netted a ‘bonus’ 25lb 8oz carp!

It was definitely a case of effort equals reward for the Thetford rod, who fed his way through no fewer than 10 pints of maggots, 8 pints of casters, 6 pints of hemp, 5kg of groundbait, 2kg of pellets, 1kg of boilies, three tins of corn and 0.5kg of maize.

Imitation casters mounted on a size 10 hook, and fished in conjunction with an in-line lead and a coated braid hooklink, proved the winning combination for Colin.

He said: “I think that catching really big tench is all about careful swim location. I like to have a warm wind blowing into the bank I’m fishing, as was the case this time around. Also, I always like to try to do something a little bit out of the ordinary, and this time I used pineapple-flavoured casters as a hookbait – maybe this made the difference,” said Colin.

He was not alone in getting among the monster tench this week, with two other anglers hitting the jackpot in what turned out to be an end-of-season bonanza.

After spotting several large tench rolling in the margins of a stillwater in Kent, former Drennan Cup winner Ted Bryan cast his popped-up boilies just a few yards from the bank and was rewarded 45 minutes later with a massive 12lb 14oz specimen – his only fish of a 48-hour session.

Nash Baits Mach 1 boilies fished on a size 10 hook over the top of a light scattering of free offerings was the winning combination for the Sydenham-based angler.

Staying in Kent, Paul Thompson banked his second huge tench inside a month in the shape of a new personal-best 12lb 9oz fish.

Like his 11lb 6oz fish taken at the end of May, Paul’s latest lump fell to rubber caster hookbaits presented alongside a maggot feeder set-up. Paul (42), from Bucks, added three other fish in his session.