With some lieu time burning a hole in my pocket and the sun shining, an afternoon session on Tuesday night seemed the perfect way to scratch said itch. I had heard on Monday night that Pete, another member of the challenge quartet, had bagged a few tench and a nice carp from the shallow bay at ryton that evening. So I knew they were still hanging round where I had been fishing the previous Sunday.
I arrived to a balmy but windswept ryton pool around 2.30pm. I cast out one rod with a pva bag into an area I suspected would yield a tench, and the other rod to some boisterous carp down the bank. I stood back and waited.
It didn't take long for the bag rod to go off, much to the delight of a couple of passing children. One of which had just proclaimed "theres no fish in here", and was promptly razzed by his companion when I bent into the fish. There faces were a picture when I unfolded the net and gave them a close up look at this nice female tench of around 3.5lb.