With the summer on the way (apparently) the corresponding rise in temperatures has me thinking about fishing for tench. Tench are a shoaling fish with a deep olive colouration. They grub around in the substrate for morsels of food so baits need to be kept on the ground. Swimming and foraging in small shoals, it can be common to catch quite a few in one session. Their preferred habitats are canals and still waters but they can be found in quiet stretches of river that feature a slow flow.
I really like fishing for tench but it is an activity that has well and truly taken a back seat over the past few years. I am hoping that I can change that this year. I’ve been thinking about how I can go about this and one thing that will be imperative will be the ability to anchor the kayak at both ends. My favourite method for fishing for tench is to use float fishing tactics but fishing feeders would also require a static platform.
To achieve this I started looking at the setup of my anchor trolley. A tutorial on anchor trolley installations can be found here. I was thinking that I could put an anchor trolley on each side of the kayak and use one to push an anchor towards the bow, another to the stern. For me this is not ideal though; I would prefer to have both anchor lines on one side of the kayak leaving the other side of the kayak free to fish from. I feel that this may also reduce the chance of a good fish snagging up on the ropes. With this in mind I decided that the best course of action would be to chop the existing anchor trolley in half, introduce a pad eye and double up on the current anchor trolley components. The method that I used to create a double anchor trolley on one side of the kayak can be viewed below.
With a setup like this each trolley can move independently of the other which will allow me to fine tune the positioning of the weights at each end and stop me swinging about in the breeze. Any movement of the bait will look unnatural to the fish so for that reason it is imperative that each end of the kayak be secured. Just using one anchor leaves the kayak free to swing in the wind which will move the bait; most undesirable when tench fishing. I will follow this post shortly with instructions on how to make your own weights for anchoring the kayak when coarse fishing.
Anchor trolley kits are available in Ireland through the Canoe Centre.