Specimen weight: 2.7 kg (6 lb).
Record weight: 8.15lb Ballyeighter Lake, 1995.
Tench are found all over the midlands and also in the canals – the Royal, the Grand and the Barrow – which connect Dublin with the Shannon and the Barrow systems respectively. The stretches of the Shannon at Lanesborough and Shannonbridge which are artificially heated by water from power station outflows, have produced several Irish record tench and tens of specimen fish. Limestone loughs in County Clare have also recently produced many specimen tench.
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.
Tench spawn later in the year than most of the other Irish cyprinidae 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.
Tench produce 125,000 eggs/kg.
They have a maximum life-span of 12 to 15 years.
Tench are a bottom feeding fish and the presence of a trail of small bubbles on the water surface is often an indication of tench feeding below. Food consists of insect larvae and molluscs.
Best Angling Methods:
Float fishing with waggler floats and ledgering with arseley bomb or swimfeeder.
Maggots, sweetcorn, bread, worms, casters etc. with groundbait of brown crumb and a range of continental groundbaits and additives.
|Best Times to Fish Tench|
|Note: ★ Good time to fish Tench ★ ★Very good time to fish Tench|
Top 25 specimen tench from Irish waters 1955 to 2003
|No||Weight (lbs ozs)||Weight (kg)||Location||Date of Capture||Angler||Method|
|1||8.15 lbs||3.697 kgs||Ballyeighter Lake, Clare||20/06/1995||Nick Parry||Corn/Maggots|
|2||8 lbs 1 ozs||3.657 kgs||Lakyle Lake||28/06/1998||David Grimes||Boilie|
|3||8 lbs||3.629 kgs||Lakyle Lake||05/07/1998||David Grimes||Boilie|
|4||-||3.615 kgs||Ballyeighter Lake, Clare||08/08/1994||Nick Parry||Sweetcorn|
|5||7 lbs 13 ozs||3.551 kgs||R. Shannon, Lanesboro||25/05/1971||Raymond Webb||Bread Flake|
|6||7 lbs 13 ozs||3.544 kgs||Lakyle Lake||05/06/1998||Mark Healy||Sweetcorn|
|7||7 lbs 13 ozs||3.544 kgs||R. Shannon, Lanesboro||31/05/1974||Leonard J. Gooding||Bread Flake|
|8||7 lbs 12 ozs||3.515 kgs||Black Lake||25/05/1998||Tom Sneyd||Corn/Maggots|
|9||7 lbs 12 ozs||3.515 kgs||R. Shannon, Clondra||04/06/1966||Edmund Hawksworth||Lobworm|
|10||7 lbs 11.5 ozs||3.501 kgs||Carnadoe Lough||20/06/1978||E. Kershaw||Lobworm|
|11||7 lbs 11 ozs||3.487 kgs||Lakyle Lake||02/06/2001||Mark Jones||Maggots|
|12||7.68 lbs||3.484 kgs||Ballyeighter Lake, Clare||16/08/1994||Nick Parry||Sweetcorn/
|13||7 lbs 9.5 ozs||3.445 kgs||Lakyle Lake||06/09/1998||Master Bill Brazier||Lobworm|
|14||7 lbs 9 ozs||3.430 kgs||Lakyle Lake||15/07/1998||Mark Healy||Maggots|
|15||7.53 lbs||3.416 kgs||R. Shannon, Lanesboro||11/06/1983||John Mills||Bread Flake|
|16||7.5 lbs||3.402 kgs||Holly Island Lake, Co. Clare||16/06/1999||Nick Parry||Corn/Maggots|
|17||7 lbs 8 ozs||3.402 kgs||Shannon System||01/07/1990||Philip Arthur||Worms/Corn|
|18||7 lbs 8 ozs||3.402 kgs||Holly Island Lake, Co. Clare||26/05/1997||Nick Parry||Sweetcorn|
|19||7 lbs 8 ozs||3.402 kgs||Reynella Lake||19/05/1969||Albert Trace||Maggots|
|20||7 lbs 7.75 ozs||3.395 kgs||R. Shannon, Lanesboro||23/05/1971||Paul Sullivan||Bread|
|21||7 lbs 7.5 ozs||3.388 kgs||R. Shannon, Lanesboro||22/06/1972||Charles Murray||Bread Flake|
|22||7 lbs 7 ozs||3.374 kgs||R. Shannon, Lanesboro||01/06/1983||A. J. Hall||Bread Flake|
|23||7 lbs 7 ozs||3.374 kgs||Black Lake||07/07/1996||Nick Parry||Paste|
|24||7 lbs 6.5 ozs||3.359 kgs||R. Shannon, Lanesboro||26/05/1974||Alastair Lawson||Bread Flake|
|25||7 lbs 6 ozs||3.345 kgs||Lakyle Lake||06/10/1999||Robin Brazier||Sweetcorn|