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

 

 

Barbel  latin name: Barbus barbus

Barbel

 

Bleak Alburnus alburnas fish species

Bleak

 

bream  - latin name - Abramis Brama

Bream

 

Carp Cyprinidae  Cyprinus carpio

Carp

 

crucian carp

Crucian Carp

 

chub -  Leuciscus_cephalus

Chub

 

Dace - latin name - Leuciscus leuciscus

Dace

 

eel - latin name - Anguilla anguilla

Eel

 

grayling Latin name thymallus thymallus

Grayling

 

Gudgeon Latin name Gobio gobio

Gudgeon

 

perch

Perch

 

pike latin name: esox lucius

Pike

 

Roach latin name: Rutilus Rutilus

Roach

 

Rudd - latin name- Scardinius erythrophthalmus

Rudd

 

ruffe

Ruffe

 

 

sliver bream

Silver Bream

 

Tench latin name: Tinca Tinca

Tench

 

Catfish

Wels Catfish

 

Zander - latin name - Stizostedion lucioperca

Zander

 

Species of UK Coarse Fish

 

Ruffe

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.

 

Note:

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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