Tench fishing: photos and methods of catching tench on a float rod in spring and summer


Getting ready to fish for tench

A very beautiful fish that lives in calm waters of closed or slow-flowing reservoirs. There are no subspecies, but color variations are possible depending on the reservoir of residence. Tench in biology and ecology is similar to golden carp. Easily tolerates difficult conditions of existence in reservoirs with poor “oxygen exchange”. Leads a solitary life. The size of the fish can reach a length of more than 60 cm, and weighing more than 7 kg.

Ways to catch tench

Tench prefers a sedentary lifestyle in overgrown areas of lakes and ponds. It reacts to bait, but is very careful, so a float rod is considered the best tackle for this fish. It is easier for her to catch certain points. The line responds well to various bottom rigs, but the possibility of using it is more related to local fishing conditions.

Catching a line with a float rod

Depending on the fishing conditions, float gear may vary slightly, but there are a few general criteria. If you do not have the skill of fishing using a “plug rod”, then it is better to use rods for “blank rigging”. Tench – the fish is strong enough, and therefore lives in thickets of aquatic vegetation, it can create great difficulties when playing. Despite the “suspiciousness” and caution of the fish, it is worth sacrificing some “accuracy” of the rigs in the direction of increasing strength due to thicker lines. The thickness of the main line can vary between 0.20-0.28 mm. The sinker should be “spaced” into several pellets, and the shed is always the smallest. Hooks should be chosen among the highest quality ones with the possibility of planting several worms.

Catching tench on the bottom gear

Currently, bottom tackle fishing is most often carried out using feeders. Modern donkey-feeder and picker are very convenient even for inexperienced anglers. Feeder and picker, as separate types of equipment, differ only in the length of the rod, and initially picker is a tackle using a sinker. Feeding, when fishing on a picker, is either not done at all, or is done with the help of balls. The basis of tackle called feeder is a bait container-sinker (feeder). Common to both tackles is the presence of interchangeable tips. The tops change depending on the fishing conditions or the weight of the feeder or sinker used. Nozzles for fishing can be any: both vegetable and animal, including pastes. This method of fishing is available to everyone. Tackle is not demanding for additional accessories and specialized equipment. This allows you to fish in almost any water bodies. 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 tench, there are some features. The use of donoks is justified if the aquatic vegetation allows casting. Some anglers believe that when catching tench, it is better to use tackle with a sinker, and bait with balls. It is absolutely justified to use bottom gear when catching tench, on small reservoirs, when casting is done to the border of vegetation near the opposite shore or island.


The main and universal bait for tench are dung or red earthworms. But in different regions and depending on the season, they are also caught on various larvae, including maggot, as well as on steamed cereals and dough. It is important to note that tench feeding should be done with the addition of animal elements, such as chopped worm.

Places of fishing and habitat

The habitat of the tench is zonal. Conventionally, tench can be considered a heat-loving fish. In Europe and Russia, the tench is distributed unevenly and is absent in the northern regions. In Siberia, lives in the southern part. Known in some reservoirs of Mongolia.


Tench becomes sexually mature at 3-4 years. The fish are very sensitive to water temperature, so spawning takes place late. In Siberian reservoirs, it can drag on until the beginning of August, but usually in June. Spawns eggs on plants. Spawning is portioned.

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