Tench (Tinca tinca)
  Features: Tench are easily recognised by their minute scales, which give them an almost scale-less appearance. They have a dark olive or blackish colour. The fins are rounded and the tail is almost unforked. It is possible to distinguish the sexes based on the shape of the pelvic fins on the underside of the body. Male fish have very large spoon-shaped fins, while those of the female are longer, more pointed and triangular in shape.
Spawning: Tench spawn later in the year than most of the other Irish cyprindae species and require temperatures of between 18 - 20 C to spawn. Spawning therefore is normally restricted to late June and July. Egg size is 1.3 - 1.4 mm.
Fecundity: Tench produce 125,000 eggs/kg.
Longevity (age): They have a maximum life span of 12 to 15 years.
Diet: Tench are a bottom feeding fish and the presence of a large trail of small bubbles on the surface is often an indication of tench feeding below. Food consists of insect larvae and molluscs.
Best Angling Methods: Float fishing and waggler floats; ledgering with bomb or swimfeeder.
  Best Baits: range of continental groundbaits and additives.
  Specimen Weight: 2.7 kg (6lbs)
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