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Catching tench in open water. Part 2

Open line fishingNibble tench depends on many factors. With a sharp drop in water temperature, for example, the lines may not be fed at all, and atmospheric pressure differences also affect them. The best time for fishing is 2-3 hours after sunrise and towards the end of the day, before sunset. But sometimes the lines come ashore at dusk, and then fishing on bottom gear or with a luminous float is possible. In cloudy, warm weather, especially with drizzling rain, nibble can continue throughout the day. I caught my first line on one of the Lithuanian lakes called Glukas. It was a rather deep and vast lake, where silted areas alternated with hard bottom soil. And the most diverse fish was found here: bleak, roach, bream, eel, pike. And, of course, the golden handsome line. In the evening I fed a place I liked in the hope of a roach and even before sunrise I came to the pond. Torn shreds of the August fog hung over the water.

Full calm. Not a breeze. Set up and abandoned two fishing rods. On one of them was a dung worm wriggling on a hook, and on the hook of another I planted small spools of semolina porridge, flavored with unrefined sunflower oil. He threw a little bait and waited. Twenty minutes passed, no more than one of the floats “went” to the side, slightly deepening. Hooking. Live weight at the end of the line. After a couple of minutes I was holding the first tench in my life. The weight in it was no more than a pound. He took on a dung worm. Then the line had a smoke break. I probably scared them while fighting. But about thirty minutes passed, and again a bite. At 11 o’clock the nibble is over. That morning I caught only three lines, but I went to the base with my head held high.

Lin is best caught in the spring. However, he takes well throughout the summer. By the fall, with cooling water, its activity decreases and only occasional capture of this beautiful and extraordinary fish is possible. In its habits, tench is somewhat similar to goldfish. Both prefer to stick to sections of a reservoir with stagnant water and a silty bottom.
It must be said that this fish rarely changes its favorite places. He loves water thickets. Of plants, it prefers water lilies, cattail, and reeds. At what depths do various aquatic plants grow. If we assume that the lingering “points” in a particular reservoir are located in the thickets of water lilies, then the fishing depth will be 3-4 m. It is at this depth that white water lilies are located, and the yellow capsules grow on a two-, three-meter level. In general, unlike a deep-sea bream, tench most often has to be caught at depths of 1.5-2 m.

Bait is required. As it can be used chopped worms, fresh meal (sunflower and hemp), boiled young potatoes, bran with the addition of unrefined sunflower oil or ground slightly fried seeds, cottage cheese, etc. In principle, any branded bait intended for carp is suitable for tench. Feeding tench usually occurs in the summer from 5 to 10-11 in the morning and in the evening half an hour before sunset. Evening biting can continue until dark. In the daytime, especially in hot weather, the lines go to a depth where there are shelters. In cloudy weather, with drizzling rain, line outings can be observed in the middle of the day.

For fishing tench the most acceptable float fishing rod. Where there are still decent lines (for example, in some Erik on the Lower Volga), you should especially carefully consider the choice of gear. The fact is that careful tendency usually deigns to ignore rough equipment. Therefore, it is necessary to set as the main monofilament with a diameter of not more than 0.17 mm, and the leash – 0.14-0.15 mm. A certain margin of safety is necessary due to the fact that fishing, as a rule, is carried out in close proximity to water thickets. And it often happens that you need to force a fight. It is best to take a fishing rod with a match 4-5 m long, equipped with a light inertia-free reel. Hook number 10-5. However, the size of the hook is largely determined by the type of nozzle: a worm (one or small lobe), maggot, two or three large bloodworms, etc. When fishing in a small “window” of 1×1 m in size or at the very edge of the reed thickets, such equipment will be required so that the float does not blow away by wind or current onto grass. That is, we are talking about heavier equipment. In calm weather, there is one rule: the easier the tool, the better.

The line bite is peculiar and depends on the design of the float equipment. So, in windy weather, I usually shift the main sinker to reload. In this case, the tench first spreads the float, i.e. puts it flat, and then leads to the side. With careful biting, the main sinker should be raised as high as possible, and then the bite is expressed in this way: the float, slightly deepening, begins to move to the side, usually where there are water thickets. Procrastination here is fraught with the fact that fish can lead tackle to a “strong” place. And then the cliff of the fishing line is inevitable. Therefore, I do not advise yawning with a hook. If you catch in a relatively clean place, and even with such a nozzle as a worm, you need to wait a bit before hooking. A shallow and well-fed tench sometimes takes the worm by its tail and leads the float. You hook, and on the hook – a ragged worm. You can make a smaller worm or limit it to a piece of it. A large tench takes the bait more decisively.


It is difficult to catch a tench from a boat, especially with a metal one. The slightest careless knock and … goodbye fish. But if you intend to use the craft, then behave extremely carefully, even during the survival of the next bronze handsome. Bait, baits, strippers – everything should be at hand. Casting from a boat, as practice shows, is best done in the direction from depth to shore. So there is less chance to frighten those who came to the bait line. From a boat, including from an “air bag”, it is preferable to catch it in those reservoirs where the tench is under severe pressure from the fishing fishermen. In these cases, he tries to stay away from the coast, on underwater overgrown hills, in snags and other “strong” places. By the way, here the fish escapes from poaching gear.

author: В.А. Kazantsev “Fishing in open water”


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