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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 for catching Ruffe


Common name:  Ruffe
Latin name: Gymnocephalus cernuus
Family: Percidae


Ruffe Gymnocephalus cernuus




Current UK Rod Caught Coarse Fish Record

RUFFE (Gymnocephalus cernuus) 5oz 4dr 1980 R J Jenkins, West View Farm, Cumbria


Description and habitat of Ruffe:
The Ruffe, also known as the Pope or Tommy Ruffe, is a relative of the Perch (Perca fluviatilis) and sometimes mistaken by beginners to angling as a young perch due to the similar spiny dorsal fin. The average size is between 4 and 5 inches but can grow larger. It has quite large eyes and a small, slightly down turned mouth with bristly teeth. The body is an olive green or pale brown colour speckled with dark spots decreasing in size fading to a whitish underbelly. The Ruffe has two dorsal fins that are joined; the forward dorsal fin has sharp spines just like that of the perch and the back fin is made up of soft rays. The gill covers of Ruffe are also sharp and spiny.

The Ruffe is generally a shoaling fish and can be found in fresh or brackish waters, in rivers, lakes and ponds although they seem to prefer slow moving rivers. They are most active at dusk or dawn feeding on insects, larvae, worms and small fry fish.
I've not been able to verify this but I have read somewhere that Ruffe also eat the young of the signal crayfish. The signal crayfish is classed as an alien invader and a threat to our native white claw crayfish.

Fishing methods for catching Ruffe:
Ruffe are not, as far as I am aware, targeted by anglers. Ruffe can of course be caught and indeed when anglers are fishing for other species the odd Ruffe gets landed. As Ruffe can generally be found in the waters Perch inhabit you could chance your luck fishing for Ruffe in the same waters using a light line with a small worm on a size 16 to 20 hook.  Fishing a float over depth or a small feeder / leger hard on the bottom in the margins is worth a try.



Baits for catching Ruffe:
small worms, chopped up pieces of worm, red worm, brandlings, maggots.



As with Perch, Ruffe are prone to deep hooking. Strike early at bites to try to avoid this. If you find you have deep hooked the fish and the hook cant be removed without damage to the Ruffe it is better to cut the line as close to the hook as possible. The hook will dislodge itself or will eventually rust away.
Using barbless hooks make removal a lot easier!





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