Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tench

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Not every fisherman manages to learn all the delights of catching a fish like tench. Basically, fishing enthusiasts go to the pond in order to
catch crucian carp ,
carp ,
perch or
pike , not realizing how interesting the process of fishing tench is and how tasty a properly cooked fish can be. Below you can familiarize yourself with the features of fishing for tench and proven recipes, using which everyone can make a delicious dinner for themselves and their families.
Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tench

What is a tench fish: description with photo

Lin is a prominent representative of the Carp family. The body of an adult fish, the mass of which can exceed 6-7 kg, is covered with scales. Body color may vary depending on the habitat. If the water is clear, the fish will be greenish-silvery. In reservoirs with silty soil, the tench color is dark brown with a bronze tint. The dorsal fin is short, and the caudal fin lacks a notch. The length of the tench is in the range of 20-40 cm. The eyes and mouth are small, the lips are thick. Fins are rounded, sharp corners are absent.
Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchIn the photo there is a handsome tench weighing up to two kilograms [/ caption]

Note! In the reservoirs of our country, fishermen most often manage to catch a tench weighing no more than 2 kg.

Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tench

Types of tench

Various types of tench live in reservoirs, namely:

  • riverine – a small tench with a slightly raised mouth, inhabiting bays / river backwaters;
  • lake – large fish that can be caught in reservoirs and large lakes;
  • pond – a medium-sized tench that lives in artificial ponds / small lakes.

Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchLarge lake line [/ caption]

Interesting to know! The golden tench species is an ornamental fish species.

Tench habits, where it is found, the spawning period, which bodies of water it prefers and how to find a habitat

The tench leads a sedentary lifestyle, choosing areas of the reservoir with an abundance of mud / silt, in which the fish find food for themselves. The representative of the Carp family does not migrate, but throughout its life lives in a favorite place. Tench lives in river bays / lakes / ponds / reservoirs. The fish prefers areas of the reservoir with abundant underwater vegetation and a calm current. It is pointless to fish in places with a rocky bottom, mountain rivers and bodies of water with a strong current in search of tench. In summer, the fish prefers to live in shallow areas of the reservoir, the depth of which does not exceed 2 meters. As a rule, tench rarely leaves their favorite places, preferring to seek food in nearby silt deposits. Closer to November, the fish refuses to eat and goes into hibernation, which lasts until the end of winter.

Interesting fact! The mucus covering the body of the tench protects it from low temperatures.

Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchPerspective parking and a place for catching tench near the wall of cattail or reeds [/ caption]

Note! If you quietly sit on the shore in the early morning and take a closer look, you can find the habitat of the tench by the air bubbles that appear on the surface of the water when the fish eat.

The spawning period lasts from May 15-20 to early June. The first to spawn are small individuals, after 3-5 days – more solid representatives of the Carp family.

Tench is a fish that is common in Europe, in areas with a temperate climate.

Why tench is a medicinal fish and when it can’t be caught:

What tench eats and what they like

The tench prefers to feed on benthic invertebrates living in silt. The basis of his diet includes:

  • annelids;
  • bloodworm;
  • cyclops;
  • crustaceans;
  • shellfish;
  • water beetles;
  • dragonfly / caddis larvae;
  • leeches;
  • water bugs;
  • swimmers;
  • fish fry;
  • phytoplankton;
  • duckweed;
  • shoots of aquatic plants;
  • seaweed.

Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchtench is a handsome man – it is not easy to catch him, he bites especially badly in early spring [/ caption] Most often the fish eats in the early morning hours and in the evening after sunset. It is pointless to catch tench in the dark, as it prefers to sleep, lying in holes at the bottom of the river / lake.

Interesting to know! Why is tench a king fish? There are several versions – the tench was served to the king’s table, because of the color of the fish, and another version of why the tench is called the king’s fish is that the tench is a very tasty fish because of the mucus that covers its carcass.

Features of fishing for tench – what it bites on, where it stands, tackle

Manufacturers do not produce special tackle for fishing tench. Most often, fishermen use
float rods ,
a feeder and
a rubber band for fishing, which were purchased for fishing other peaceful fish.
Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchTrophy line [/ caption]

Float rod

For catching tench, a sensitive and strong enough rig is used. It is better to refuse the use of huge floats. Experts advise giving preference to 2-3 gram floats. Goose feather floats are a great option.
Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchOld-style float tackle for catching tench [/ caption] It is recommended to equip the rod with 0.18-0.22 mm fishing line. Thinner fishing monofilaments will not work. With them, the process of playing fish out of the thickets will be difficult. It should be borne in mind that the tench offers decent resistance, stubbornly trying to escape into the reeds, thereby twisting the fishing line around the stems.

Advice! If the fishing will be carried out in clear water, you can use a line with a diameter of 0.14-0.16 mm. Spaced lead is the best option. The bottom should be the smallest. The bait will need to be placed on the bottom surface. If there are too many filamentous algae on the fished area of ​​the reservoir, the rod is adjusted so that the bait does not sink into the layer of mud, but only slightly touches it.


The bottom tackle is not the main one for tench fishing. However, fish can be successfully caught with this tackle. When giving preference to the donke, it is worth remembering that the sound of the sinker / feeder hitting the surface of the water can frighten off cautious fish. Donka is suitable in cases when tench fishing is carried out in areas of a reservoir with a small amount of underwater vegetation and rare mud. It is advisable to give preference to a donk with an elastic band. The load can be brought to a promising point once and, if necessary, carefully take out the rig, without frightening the cautious fish with casts.
Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchWhen choosing a reel, you should give preference to models with a soft brake, sufficient power reserve and good traction. Note! The nozzle on a leash is placed near the bottom surface. How to catch tench in the heat – where to look and places to stay, bait and baits, how to collect tackle:

Feeder tackle

Using a feeder, anglers can also achieve good results. Fish willingly take boilies on a flat method and a worm.
Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchInstallation under the flat method [/ caption] However, when starting to fish, you should first feed the perspective point. In addition to tench, the catch will include crucians, carps and carp. However, frequent casts should be avoided. Otherwise, the fish will get scared and leave for another place.
Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchInstallation with a feeder means that the tackle is feeder. [/ Caption] The mass of the feeder feeder when fishing with a tench should not exceed 30 grams. The recommended monofilament line diameter is 0.18-0.22 mm. The length of the blank should not exceed 3.9 m. There are no special requirements for feeder installation.
Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchGolden line [/ caption]

Groundbait, baits / baits for fishing on a line

The bait for fishing tench should include crackers, which are pre-ground and fried. On the reservoir, crushed crackers are mixed with soil, which must be taken near the reservoir. Crushed bait (bloodworm / worm / maggot) is added to the homemade mixture, which is used for fishing. Also, plant components are added to the bait by type:

  • corn;
  • steamed peas;
  • pearl barley;
  • boiled potatoes;
  • toasted oatmeal;
  • boiled millet;
  • sunflower cake.

Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchAvid fishermen advise adding the pulp of white bread to the composition. No less effective groundbait is cottage cheese, which was previously darkened with a special dye. As a flavoring agent, ground caraway seeds, chopped garlic / coriander seeds, cocoa powder, hemp seeds are used. The best bait for catching tench is considered to be a
worm ( worm / dung). You can also attach to the hook:

For your information! Tench also works well on small soft boilies.
Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchCatching a tench is not easy – you need to find a parking lot, choose the fishing time successfully and pick up the keys to the sloth [/ caption]

Technique and tactics of catching tench

Experienced fishermen willingly share with beginners the secrets and features of successful tench fishing.

  1. When fishing for a pond with viscous silt, in which the nozzle and the hook immediately sinks, it is necessary to fix a piece of polystyrene, painted in a dark green palette, 4 cm from the hook. Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchFoam balls for fishing [/ caption]
  2. If no bites are observed for a long time, it is worth looking for worms in the coastal zone and putting them on a hook. Even the most cautious fish will not be frightened off by the usual food.
  3. Using maggots as bait on hot days, it is worth remembering that at high temperatures they will quickly turn into pupae, which will negatively affect the result of fishing. By wrapping the container with maggots with a damp cloth, you can slow down this process.

Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchspring [/ caption] Adhering to the recommendations of experienced fishermen, even on the worst day you can not be left without a catch. When the tench bites and what to fish for:

Taste qualities and useful properties

Tench is a fish that tastes amazing. There are many recipes for making a delicious river fish dinner. Some anglers claim that tench meat gives off an unpleasant scent of mud. Yes, that is right. However, there is a way to get rid of this smell.

Before starting cooking, the fish is poured with boiling water or rubbed with coarse salt. This removes the sludge odor and allows you to fully enjoy the taste of the low-calorie fish.

It should be borne in mind that tench is not only tasty, but also healthy. It contains a large number of:

  • calcium;
  • cobalt;
  • phosphorus;
  • magnesium;
  • gland;
  • copper;
  • vitamin A.

Note! Tench is a rather bony type of fish. However, in individuals weighing more than 1 kg, it is much easier to choose them than in small fish.

Features of cooking tench – step by step recipes

There are many recipes for delicious tench. Below you can find the proven recipes.

Fried tench

Using this recipe, everyone can cook delicious fish, the meat of which will turn out to be fatty and slightly sweet. Before you start preparing this dish, you should take care of preparing the following ingredients:

  • tench fish – 700 g (4-5 pcs.);
  • salt / black pepper to taste;
  • lemon juice – 2 tablespoons;
  • wheat flour – 4 tablespoons;
  • vegetable oil – 80-100 ml.

Cooking process:

  1. The tench is cleaned of scales, the entrails are removed.
  2. The fish is thoroughly washed under cold running water.
  3. The tench is transferred to a deep container, salt and pepper are added to taste, as well as lemon juice.
  4. The marinade is evenly distributed over the carcass and the fish is left for 20 minutes.
  5. After the specified period of time, the tench is doused in wheat flour on both sides and laid out in a preheated pan with vegetable oil.
  6. The fish is fried for 4 minutes on each side over medium heat.

The fried tench is ready! Can be served at the dinner table with a side dish or vegetable salad.
Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tench

Boiled tench – recipe

Boiled tench meat turns out to be soft, tender and very juicy. To prepare a dish, you will need to prepare the following ingredients:

  • tench fillet – 800 g (3-5 pcs.);
  • onions – 400 g;
  • white wine – 100 ml;
  • carrots – 200 g;
  • lemon – 1 pc.;
  • parsley greens – 100 g;
  • salt / black pepper / bay leaf – to taste;
  • vegetable oil.

Cooking process:

  1. Water is poured into a deep saucepan, put on fire and brought to a boil.
  2. Peel onions and carrots, chop parsley.
  3. Cut the carrots into small cubes.
  4. After the water boils, put onions, chopped carrots, parsley, a small amount of vegetable oil in a saucepan.
  5. After a few minutes, the broth is salted, pepper and bay leaves are added to taste, as well as wine. Cover the saucepan and leave to simmer over low heat for 60-80 minutes.
  6. After that, add water to the pan, bring it to a boil and lay out the fillet of tench, cut lemon into thin slices.
  7. Cover the pot with a lid and simmer the fish for about 30-40 minutes over low heat.

Boiled fish is recommended to be served with sauce.
Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tench

Stewed tench

Even a novice cook will be able to cook delicious stew of fish. To do this, you will need to take care of purchasing the necessary ingredients, namely:

  • fresh tench – 1 kg;
  • sour cream / mayonnaise – 250 ml;
  • vegetable oil;
  • wheat flour – 150-200 g;
  • garlic – 1 head;
  • dill – 150 g.

Also add salt / pepper / bay leaf to taste. Cooking process:

  1. The fish is cleaned of scales, the entrails are removed and washed thoroughly. You should get rid of not only the heads and tails, but also the fins.
  2. The fish is cut into portions, salt / pepper is added to taste.
  3. Put mayonnaise or sour cream, chopped dill, garlic, salt and pepper to taste in a deep container. The ingredients are mixed. The sauce is ready.
  4. The tench is doused in flour and fried in a pan (2-3 minutes on each side).
  5. Pour the sauce into a frying pan, make a slow fire and stew the fish for 15 minutes, not forgetting to add a little bay leaf to the tench.

Advice! If the gravy is too thick, you can add a little water.
Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchStewed tench with potatoes [/ caption]

Ling on the grill – recipe for cooking

If you wish, you can cook the catch right in nature. The aroma from the tench on the grill will be amazing, and the appearance will be very appetizing. For cooking you will need:

  • tench – 600-800 g;
  • several large bulbs;
  • head of garlic;
  • cilantro;
  • vegetable oil;
  • salt / pepper / spices – to taste;
  • Dill;
  • lemon.

Cooking process:

  1. Wipe cleaned and washed fish with a paper towel.
  2. On the carcasses, transverse cuts are made so that the marinade penetrates as deep as possible and makes the tench meat juicy and piquant in taste.
  3. Peel the garlic and onion, wash and cut into small cubes.
  4. Cilantro is also chopped and added to onions and garlic. Vegetable oil, salt / pepper / spices are added to the ingredients to taste. The composition is mixed.
  5. The resulting marinade is poured over the fish, evenly distributing the composition over the surface of each carcass. The fish is left for 30-40 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, the brazier is warmed up and after a specified period of time the pickled tench is fried on the brazier, over medium heat (5 minutes on each side). It is very important not to dry it out.

The prepared fish is served with a vegetable salad.
Fish tench: a description of how to find, catch and cook tenchCatching tench is an interesting and fairly simple process when you know the basic habits of a sloth. Even a novice fisherman, having read the advice and recommendations of experts, will not be left without a catch. However, when going on a fishing trip, it is worth remembering that in the winter the fish goes into hibernation, and in the summer months you need to go to the reservoir in the early morning or closer to sunset, because in the heat, the tench is unlikely to respond to any bait. No tail, no scales!

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