Anglers don’t normally associate tench with winter fishing but there is one stretch of drain where they have become the target fish during those cold months.
The Twenty Foot Drain just outside March is an excellent natural winter venue where anglers can enjoy not only a net of roach but tench and specimen pike too. The drain is around 11m wide but has depths of around 10ft and can flow in winter so if you’re pole fishing take rigs in excess of 1-gram. The tench can be found all over the drain but your best bet is to target the deepest water down the middle with chopped worm and caster, using pieces of worm, red maggots or casters on the hook.
When targeting the roach in normal conditions a 1-1.5gram rig will suffice, start on the deck and fish pinkie over a bed of groundbait. A net of 20lb is easily achievable especially if you land a bonus perch which can be done by feeding some chopped worm in the near margins.
If you fancy a crack at the good head of pike which reside in here, you can catch plenty of jack pike using lures but for a 20lb plus fish it is recommended you use deadbaits. Small roach proved popular during the recent Pike Champs, fished on the venue further down.
TIP: Fish close to the bridges in winter as these are fish holding hotspots
Prices: £4 on the bank, March DAA
Contact: Millview Tackle, 01354 660566
Location: Twenty Foot Drain, Elm Road, March, Cambs, PE15 0BH
Rules: No livebaiting, no litter