Species of UK
Description, baits and methods of fishing for Rudd
Current UK Rod Caught Coarse Fish Record
(Scardinius erythrophthalmus) 4lb 10oz 2001 Simon Parry, Co
Armagh, Northern Ireland
Description and Habitat of Rudd:
The body of
the rudd is flattened at the sides, the back is blue-green and the
belly a silvery white. the dorsal fin and pectoral fins are
reddish-grey and all other fins are a deep red. Rudd are often
confused with Roach but can be identified by the dorsal fin
which is set further back and starts behind imaginary vertical line
projected upwards from the pelvic fins. The eyes have yellow to orange
irises compared to a Roach which is red and the mouth of the rudd
The rudd tend
to be a shoaling fish usually living in the lower reaches of rivers,
backwaters and ponds with plenty of aquatic vegetation and profusely
Fishing Methods for catching Rudd:
Rudd is similar to fishing for
and the baits used for catching rudd are the same as for roach.
Float fishing with light tackle and small fine wire hooks is
considered the best method for fishing for rudd.
with casters, I have found the rudd, just like the roach can bite at
your caster and leave you with an
empty shell. Burying the hook totally inside the caster is worth a try
and might be the answer. 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.
groundbait it is best to use a fine
groundbait to cause a 'cloud' in the water. With bread flake
as the hook bait, use a small piece and don't pinch it onto
the hook too hard because you want little bits to flake off and tempt
the fish. If you retrieve your float and the bread is still on the
hook you’ve squeezed it on to tightly!
Baits for catching Rudd:
small pieces of worm, small red worm, brandlings, bloodworm, bread (small
pieces - either punch,
flake or paste), casters, maggots, pinkies.