I’ve been with Gardner Tackle for well over a year now. Before I joined GT, I had already decided to fish for more species other than my normal four in the coming year.
The backend of the season was a bit of a disaster on my local rivers as they were in flood like most other river’s around the country. I did fish a bit on the rivers, but it was no fun, and it was extremely dangerous walking the flooded riverbanks after dark in chest waders. I ended up spending the majority of my time Pike fishing the local gravel pits.
I usually make notes on my mobile phone of the fish I’ve caught; however, I had an accident with my phone and have lost all this year’s fishing notes… so I had to refer to my photo’s as a reference because my memory is not as good as it was. Plus, I’ve caught a lot of fish and I’m struggling to remember them all!
At the end of the river season, I decided to fish a local gravel pit of 20+ acres for Catfish before I started my Tench fishing campaign. I did a couple of nights and was getting a feel for the place even though it was still very cold.
Then Covid19 arrived as did a nationwide ‘lockdown’, you really couldn’t make it up, straight out of a science fiction novel!
When we finally got out of lockdown, I was still on furlough for a while, but so was every other angler and the still waters were rammed. I made the decision not to travel to my three big pits where I had so much success the year before. I decided to stay local and I did ok but was finding it difficult with so many anglers on the bank. However, I did catch a few Tench weighing up to 8lb 5oz using my favourite method of hand raking the margins and lowering the bait in with a baiting spoon.