Tench (Tinca tinca)

This fish can be found from Great Britain to Russia in large numbers, as well as in the warmer waters of Ireland. It can survive in smaller and larger lakes, rivers and swamps, and is often found in the company of the Crucian Carp.
Its oxigen requirement is low, it likes slow waters with a silty bottom. The tench feels like in areas with dense vegetation, it can be found in almsot all our rivers and lakes provided there is enough food availible.
The body is squat with a greenish color, a silvery tint on its sides and a greyish white belly, but golden specimens are also quite common. The fins are strong and round. Its body is very slimy, folklore called it a doctor fish and claimed other fish healed themselves by rubbing against the tench, and is covered in small scales. Its spawning season is in may-june, but if the weather conditions are not ideal it can be put off by several weeks. In such cases the eggs are absorbed by the fish, and it rarely comes to mass deaths among the population. The eggs are placed in warm, shallow water, attached to plants.


The freshyl spawned fish start by feeding on planktons and algae. The tench grows slowly, even in areas rich in food. It can grow up to 50 cm’s in size and 2.5-3 kg in weight. This fish feeds on small animals, worms, snails, clams, but it likes to add algae and plants to its menu. Its favourite food is gnat larvae, which is also the best bait when trying to catch them.

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