Object Detail

Object Name
Preserved and cased Tench, caught by T. Plat in the River Thames at Black Bridge 4lbs 2oz

Preserved and cased by J. Cooper & Sons of London.


Latin name - Tinca tinca

Colour - Tench have a dark back with dark greyish green sides. The belly is a pale green colour usually with an orange tint which is stronger on the males during spawning (egg production).

Size - Its average weight is 2 kg (4lbs) and grows to 20 - 30 cm (8 - 12 ins).

Characteristics - The tench is a member of the carp family. All the fins are dark, its scales are small and the iris of the eye is red. It has one small barbel at each side of the mouth. The fish uses its barbels to search by taste for food.

Diet - It feeds on worms, molluscs and the larvae of insects. Younger fish eat algae but plant food form only a small part of the diet of an adult.

Habitat - Tench prefere still, muddy and slow flowing rivers and are tolerant of low oxygen levels .

How fished for - Anglers use a variety of baits such as bread paste abd maggots. The technique used to fish for tench are float fishing and ledgering (when a lead weight is used to keep the bait near the bottom of the water).

Interesting facts - In severe winter tench can bury themselves in the mud and hibernate until the temperatures improve.
Accession No
River Thames
Associated Date
23 Jan 1898
Associated Period
19th century
23 Jan 1898