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Details of British freshwater fish anglers might come across when fishing the waters of  the UK and Ireland



Barbel  latin name: Barbus barbus



Bleak Alburnus alburnas fish species



bream  - latin name - Abramis Brama



Carp Cyprinidae  Cyprinus carpio



crucian carp

Crucian Carp


chub -  Leuciscus_cephalus



Dace - latin name - Leuciscus leuciscus



eel - latin name - Anguilla anguilla



grayling Latin name thymallus thymallus



Gudgeon Latin name Gobio gobio






pike latin name: esox lucius



Roach latin name: Rutilus Rutilus



Rudd - latin name- Scardinius erythrophthalmus






sliver bream

Silver Bream


Tench latin name: Tinca Tinca




Wels Catfish


Zander - latin name - Stizostedion lucioperca



Species of UK Coarse Fish



Description, baits and methods of fishing for Roach


Common name:  Roach
Latin name:
 Rutilus Rutilus
Family:  Cyprinidae

roach  Latin name:-  Rutilus Rutilus


Current UK Rod Caught Coarse Fish Record

ROACH (Rutilus rutilus) 4lb 4oz - 2006 - Keith Berry, Northern Ireland Stillwater


Description and habitat of Roach:
A moderately deep bodied fish with silvery white sides, dark brown or grey back with a bluish or greenish tint, red/orange eyes, large silvery scales and red lower fins, hence the nickname, 'Redfin'.  An average fish will be 6 - 8ins. Grows to 4+lb and a fish over 2lb is considered a good fish and a 3lb fish considered a fish of a lifetime! Found just about everywhere. Lakes, ponds, rivers and canals.


Fishing Methods for catching Roach:
Various methods including float, ledger or feeder but the float seems best. Light tackle is the order of the day with small hooks. Roach love casters and many a match has been won with this bait but ... roach have a crafty habit of stealing casters and leaving you with an empty half shell. Bury the hook totally inside the caster; you will still be left with an empty half shell a few times but stand more chance burying the hook than hooking it through the end of the caster. Another way I have tried and found works, with maggots as well, is to hook the caster through the middle. Darker casters are more buoyant in the water, so choose the darker caster to balance out the weight of the hook. This makes the hooked caster fall through the water at the same rate as your loose feed. Heavy or pre-baiting with groundbait is unnecessary. It is best to feed groundbait sparingly and use a fine groundbait to cause a 'cloud' in the water. Add a few hook bait samples to the groundbait and adding crushed hempseed seems to attract roach. Roach bites are very fast so you have to be ready to strike. Bread flake about the size of a thumbnail squeezed onto a size 16 or 14 hook often tempts the larger roach. Don’t squeeze the flake onto the hook too hard because you want little bits to flake off to tempt the fish and if you retrieve your float and the bread is still on the hook you’ve squeezed it on to tightly!


Baits for catching Roach:
Hempseed, Tares, bread (either punch, flake or paste), castors, maggots, pinkies, stewed wheat, cheese, small red worm, brandlings and bloodworm.





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