Very beautiful fish living in the calm waters of enclosed or low-flowing water bodies. There are no subspecies, but color variations are possible depending on the reservoir of residence.
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Characteristics of tench
Tench in biology and ecology is similar to goldfish. It easily tolerates difficult living conditions in water bodies with poor “oxygen exchange”. Leads a solitary lifestyle. The size of the fish can reach a length of more than 60 cm, and weighing more than 7 kg.
Tench becomes sexually mature at 3-4 years. Fish are highly susceptible to water temperature, therefore spawning is late. In Siberian reservoirs, it can drag on until early August, but usually in June. Caviar lays on plants. Portion spawning.
Tench fishing guide: Techniques, bait and gear
Tench fishing techniques
Tench prefers a sedentary lifestyle in overgrown areas of lakes and ponds. He reacts to baits, but is very careful, so a float fishing rod is considered the best tackle for this fish. It’s easier for her to shed certain points. The tench responds well to various bottom accessories, but the possibility of use is more likely related to local fishing conditions.
Tench fishing line and rod
Depending on the fishing conditions, the float tackle may vary slightly, but there are several common criteria. If you do not have the skill of fishing using a “plug-in rod”, then it is better to use fishing rods for “blank equipment”. Tench is a strong enough fish, and therefore lives in thickets of aquatic vegetation, it can create great difficulties when fishing. Despite the fish’s “suspicion” and caution, it’s worth sacrificing some “accuracy” of equipment in the direction of increasing strength due to thicker woods. The thickness of the main fishing line can vary between 0.20-0.28 mm. The sinker should be “spaced” into several pellets, and the sub-reserve is always the smallest. Hooks should be chosen among the highest quality with the ability to plant several worms.
Currently, bottom tackle fishing is most often carried out using feeders. Modern donkey feeder and picker are very convenient even for inexperienced anglers. The feeder and picker, as separate types of equipment, differ only in the length of the rod, and initially the picker is a tackle using a sinker. Feeding, when fishing for a piker, is either not done at all, or done using balls.
The basis of the gear called a feeder is a bait tank-sinker (feeder). Common to both gears is the availability of interchangeable tops. The tops vary depending on the fishing conditions or the weight of the feeder or sinker used. Nozzles for fishing can be any: both plant origin and animal, including pasta. This fishing method is available to everyone. Tackle is not demanding on additional accessories and specialized equipment. This allows you to fish in virtually any water body. It is worth paying attention to the choice of feeders in shape and size, as well as bait mixtures. This is due to the conditions of the reservoir (river, pond, etc.) and the food preferences of local fish.
As for the line, there are some features. The use of donkeys is justified if aquatic vegetation allows casting. Some anglers believe that when fishing for tench it is better to use tackle with a sinker, and to feed with balls. It is absolutely justified to use bottom gear when fishing for tench, in small ponds, when casting is done to the border of vegetation on the opposite shore or island.
Tench fishing bait
The main and universal bait for tench are dung or red earthworms. But in different regions and depending on the time of the year, they also catch on various larvae, including maggot, as well as on steamed cereals and dough. It is important to note that feeding the tench should be done with the addition of animal elements, such as chopped worm.
Where to catch tench
The habitat of the tench is zonal. Conditionally tench can be considered heat-loving fish. In Europe, tench is distributed unevenly and is absent in the northern regions. In Siberia, lives in the southern part. Known in some reservoirs of Mongolia.