Bleak Fish

Bleak Fish
Difficulty

Period

June to September

Minimum size

10 cm

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The Bleak fish is a Cyprinidae. In general, its average size is 10 to 15 cm and its weight is 15 to 50 g. However, some individuals can reach up to 60 g for a size of 25 cm. The bleak has a lifespan of 6-7 years. The spawning period is between April and August. It can lay up to 7000 spawns. You can fish bleak from June to September. This fish swims quite fast and offers a little resistance during the catch.
The bleak is a fish with an elongated body that is very compressed laterally, allowing it to have a high velocity. The upper jaw is shorter than the lower jaw. The mouth of the bleak is oriented upwards (above), a typical character of fish that seek their food on the surface. The caudal fin is strongly indented and the caudal peduncle is thin. The dorsal fin is inserted behind the pelvic fins and has a shorter base than the dorsal fin. Its name refers to the bright white color of its scales, which gives the bleak a metallic sheen. Its back is darker greenish-blue, its sides are silvery white and its fins are pale grey. During the breeding season, nuptial tubers appear on the backs and sides of males and their fins become orange.

The bleak fish lifestyle

The bleak fish is a limnophile and gregarious fish that naturally resides close to the surface. It is a species with a rather lively temperament. Generally speaking, it is an independent fish that has little concern for other species.
The bleak is an omnivorous and opportunistic fish, feeding on adult aquatic and aerial larvae and insects, phytoplankton and zooplankton. The bleak reaches sexual maturity at the age of 2 years.
The laying season runs from April to June. The female lays her eggs on submerged vegetation, shallow sandy bottoms or gravel. The bleak can lay between 5,000 and 7,000 eggs laid in three layers. Egg fertilization is external. The incubation time of the eggs varies between 2 and 3 weeks. Eggs are not subject to parental care. After the resorption of the yolk vesicle, the larvae' diet consists mainly of phyto and zooplankton.

The bleak fish habitat

It has a preference for clear, low-current waters. It can be found in rivers or lakes but it is not a stagnant water fish. Its longevity is 6 to 7 years.
The bleak is widespread in central Europe. It is absent from the northern regions - Norway, Finland and Ireland - and the southern regions - Portugal, Spain, Central Italy, Yugoslavia and Greece.

The bleak fish angling

The bleak is fished on the surface, it is a fine fishing that gives excellent results but requires good technique and skill. The priming is done regularly with a slightly fattening primer that forms a cloud on the surface. The mud worm is a recommended bait for this type of fishing, but the fisherman can also choose a natural or dry fly. It is also preferable to choose a small hook and a tapered float that can detect any type of hit. The bleak fishing is open all year but the most advantageous season is between June to September.

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