(Tinca tinca)

(Linnaeus, 1758); CYPRINIDAE FAMILY; also called alia, tinca, zeelt, suter, lin, curaman

The tench occurs in Europe, including the British Isle and Asia. It has also been introduced in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Tench are thickset members of the carp family with extremely small scales and thin barbles at the corners of the mouth. Tench prefer mud-bottom lakes and ponds or the still waters of the lower reaches of rivers where rooted aquatic plants grow in profusion. They are very tolerant of low oxygen saturations and can occur in weak brackish water. Tench can stay alive for a long time when taken out of the water.

This hard fighting freshwater fish takes bait delicately, and as dedicated tench fishermen can attest, they easily become tackle shy. Devoted tench anglers employ a variety of baits including aquatic insect larvae that are the mainstay of their diet.

The flesh is soft but tasty and in some areas demands a high price. A muddy flavor can be avoided by keeping the tench alive in clear water for a time after capture