Just as most of hard-working fathers, at least throughout early years of life of my kid, I have to time to spend on my passion. Therefore, I invest those few, spare hours teared out of a working week with great effort, into fishing trips dedicated to the most beautiful fish of the cyprinid kind – the tench. For me it is just like winning a lottery!
Most of anglers bait their secret, spring spots among nuphars many days prior to their angling trip, in order to lure that, easy to scare and hard to catch fish. I don’t have a luxury to spare so much time on preparation and I need to start angling straight away at the previously chosen fishery.
• to take as little equipment as possible
• to be able to set-up quickly
• to enjoy the first strike:)
In theory my choice should be obvious – long-range rod or a short Bolognese one. I fell for the method feeder though, and I will not cheat on it with a red spot, dangling on a surface of water.
I use two rods and select two, different spots. First and more fragile set, made of the Ultra Light Method Feeder 300 rod and the Aperio 4007FD reel with the Method Feeder Mono line, is placed where I expect tench to strike with no obstacles. Second – the stronger one, I prefer to cast into the small ponds among water lilies, among “sticks” or at the border nuphars, reeds and calamus. To go through that potentially harsh terrain, I am using the Katsudo Method Feeder rod, Katsudo Runner 3005 FD reel and the Octa Braid Method Feeder.
For me it is unacceptable to place the rig in a random spot. Always, every single time, we need to aim for a specific point. Two things that may help you a lot are the clip and practice. As easy as it is to aim repeatedly into the same spot among lillies, in the open water a clip and a selected point on the horizon are a must. If you cast past the desired point, remember – there is no point in dragging the rig back. That way we are loosing the bait, making so called carpet. Feeder can get into the mud and fish may not be able to find our bait.
Tench loves muddy bottoms. In the Method Feeder there was one thing that always annoyed me a lot – the entire process of selection of a proper weight, adjusted to the conditions at the fishery. I was therefore pleased to find out about the Q.M.F. system paired up with the Aperio feeder.
Q.M.F feeders made my life so much easier, letting me to reduce weight of my bag by a few unnecessary kilograms of gear, hidden mostly in different feeders. Now all I need is a small number of a few, differently weighted feeders.
Why is the Method Feeder so great and allows to angle without wasting time on arduous rig changing? Because the Q.M.F allows to change the capacity of the feeder that is already placed on an armed rod. Within seconds we are able to exchange the feeder and make another cast. Additional advantage of such a solution can be seen during transportation of folded rods. Where is no need to cut the entire rig off. Simply remove the weight and don’t worry that the blank of a rod will get sctarched by the weight, or – even worse, that the tip bent too the limit because of the weight, will crack.
Leaders that I use to make rigs never exceed 10 cm of length. Out of comfort and trust based on multiple tests, I use pre-made Method Feeder Rigs with 10- 14 sized hooks, with braided lines sized 0.10 – 0.12 mm. Whether I choose a hook with a needle, rubber band or a hair, depends on a bait.
Let’s get back to our tench though.
It is a very strong and brave fish. There is no sense in making the set too light – do not forget what conditions are you facing, after all. The aim is to make the weight as low as possible, in order to keep the feeder on top of the mud and to exhibit it well at the fishery. To be certain, nutral or floationg lures can be used, weighted with a tiny bit of metal placed at the leader. Fish won’t get scared away, while we will be sure that after the bait gets washed off the feeder, the lure will still be properly exposed and won’t be burried in mud.
Rigs are ready, so let’s get to angling… oh, not yet. I completely forgot about pre-baiting. Correct – despite the feeder, I tend to use a rocket (I use rockets or spombs, because they provide much more precision than e.g. slingshot) to pre-bait the spot a little (especially in the open water, where I need to lure fish to come). I always use the same bait, as the one that later-on I am putting in the feeder. Do not over-bait the spot though – fish has to pay attention to the feeder, not waste time on sniffing around:).
We set the rig up, wait for the specific bubbles of air coming from where the feeder is and… there it is! The tip slightly bends and we have a strike! Steady, yet not a power-haul and the fish is in the landing net. A quick photo, a kiss and back to the water:). I am not rushing it to another cast, as the fish made quite a mess in my spot while being hauled.
Minutes are passing and there we have another bait. This time it seems that the fish is fighting in an entirely different manner. The bait itself would point straight at carp… and there we have a side-catch of an impressive crucian carp on our mat. Shortly after that even more satisfying to haul, a carp.
There are such days and periods when even the best methods, spots or lures won’t work. Fish don’t want to cooperate and there is no way to change it, but that’s also no reason to get frustrated. I do not perceive that as a flaw of angling life – I see it as more of an advantage. The time spent by the water and a chance to experience the nature should be enough of a reward for our spirit and mind.
Mikado Fishing Team