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The ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus) has a very unusual reaction to being caught. Read more, including where to catch this fish.
"The best bait by far is small pieces of chopped up worm."
Carl Nicholls, fisheries & angling manager
Appearance: usually a sandy brown to dark brown colour with blotchy black markings and speckles across the upper body and dorsal fin. They have two dorsal fins which are are joined together; the front is generally hard while the rear is soft. They have a short triangular head and large mouth, feeding mainly upon small insects, snails, eggs and fry of other fish. They have a number of spines.
British record: 5oz 4dms (British record committee 2015)
Lateral line scale count: 35-40 (this is the dark row of scales along the central length of the fishes body).
Lifespan: 3 to 6 years
We like ruffe because of their distinctive response once caught.The fish becomes extremely rigid, extends its very spiky dorsal fin and flares its gill covers. Please take care when handling this fish.
How to catch a ruffe
Ruffe are quite difficult to target as an individual species and don’t compete very well with other coarse fish species. When you catch a few ruffe it’s usually a sign that they are the only fish present in your swim. They are purely a bottom feeding fish and scavenge around picking up the leftovers from other fish. Small hooks around size 18-24 are required. The best bait by far is small pieces of chopped up worm.
Where to catch a ruffe
Ruffe are common and can be caught in small numbers on most canals, especially in the north of England.
Read more about the ruffe in the fisheries & angling team blog
Last date edited: 19 August 2016