Tench to make a comeback

One of angling’s most cherished species is set to make a comeback as plans to revive and promote tench fishing in the UK are revealed.

The Tenchfishers, which is one of the Uk’s longest running single species groups, has announced the launch of the ‘Tench Heritage Alliance’ which has been set up with the sole purpose of securing the future of the species and waters that contain them.

It will be made up of species experts working closely with the Environment Agency fishery owners to help locate new stocks and increase angling opportunities for those anglers that want to specifically target what has always been one of the nation’s species.

Due to the ever rising popularity and demand for carp fishing, tench have taken somewhat of a backseat in recent years, which has seen a steady decline in traditional venues and resulted in diminishing opportunities for tench fishermen.

But the chiefs at the Tenchfishers, that’s celebrating its 60th anniversary, are confident that this new group will help readdress the balance and help reinstate the species at fisheries across the UK.

“Carp now dominate a huge percentage of our stillwaters in the UK and tench have been pushed into the background, which is something that needs to be addressed,” said Paul Thompson, vice chairman of the Tenchfishers.

“I’m going to be taking one of fishing idols out to target tench this year and I’m really struggling to find anywhere to take them with a realistic chance of catching a few fish without being plagued by carp and that’s a sorry state of affairs.

“We have already been heavily involved in a re-stocking programme at the famous Sywell Reservoir over the last few years and this is just the beginning as we want to help anyone out that wants to help preserve, promote and push tench fishing forward.

“If anyone wants to get involved it would be great if you visit our website and get in contact with one of us.”

*To find out more or get in contact with the Tenchfishers visit the website at: www.tenchfishers.com

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