Tench have long been established as a popular angling species, known for their hard fighting capabilities, especially when they attain large sizes.
When stocked into commercial fisheries, they offer variety among the ever popular Carp.
Able to tolerate low oxygen levels better than many other species, the Tench is a survivor and thus presents little problem for fishery managers.
They are a slow growing species, although females grow faster and larger than males, and at Cob House, we grow them for at least two summers, to attain a length of 4 to 10 inches, with some individuals breaking the 10 inch barrier!
Tench will eat most anglers baits and, although traditionally seen as a summer quarry, due to milder winters, they often turn up in anglers catches during the colder months.
They are found in ponds, canals and the slower flowing rivers of most of Britain.