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Bream (Abramis Brama)
Adults are easily recognizable by their bronze hue, black fins and protruding upper jaw. Immature bream are termed 'skimmers' and differ from the adults by virtue of their silver coloration.
Baits:
Maggots, worms, bread, casters, sweetcorn etc. with brown crumb and a range of continental groundbaits and flavourings.
British Record, Common Bream - 19lb 2oz, Silver Bream - 19lb 10oz

Tench (Tinca Tinca)
Tench are easily recognised by their minute scales, which give them an almost scale-less appearance. They have a dark olive or blackish colour. The fins are rounded and the tail is almost unforked. It is possible to distinguish the sexes based on the shape of the pelvic fins on the underside of the body. Male fish have very large spoon-shaped fins, while those of the female are longer, more pointed and triangular in shape.
Baits:
Maggots, sweetcorn, bread, worms, casters etc. with groundbait of brown crumb and a range of continental groundbaits and additives
British Record
15lb 3oz 6dr

Roach (Rutilus Rutilus
Roach are easily identified, It has a dark brown or grey back with a bluish or greenish lustre, silvery white sides and a white belly.
Baits:
Maggots, worms, bread, casters, hemp etc. with brown crumb and a range of continental groundbaits and flavourings.
British Record 4lb 4oz.

Rudd (Scardinius Erythrophthaimus)
Rudd are characterised by their golden green hue, scarlet fins and protruding lower jaw. Can often be confused with Roach there are three main differences and these are it's dorsal fin is set further back, the mouth curves upwards and they have yellow to orange irises compared to a Roach which is red.
Baits:
Maggots, bread, sweetcorn, etc., and a small range of bread based groundbaits
British record 4lb 10oz.

Hybrids (Rudd x Bream & Roach x Bream)
The rudd x bream hybrid, while not widespread, is a special Irish fish which combines some of the beauty of the rudd with the weight of the bream; it is hard-fighting and well worth pursuing; the record weight is over seven and a half pounds. The roach x bream hybrid grows to over five pounds. These fish are eagerly sought by anglers and are not in short supply.
Baits:
Maggots, worms, sweetcorn, casters, bread etc. with brown crumb and a range of continental groundbaits and flavourings

Perch (Perca Fluvialtilis)
Perch are easily identified by their olive green colour and the distinctive vertical black stripes on their flanks. The pectoral, pelvic and tail fin are reddish in colour.
Baits:
Maggots, worms, casters, a selection of small spinners, spoons and plugs and occasionally small dead fish for big specimens.
British Record
5lb  15oz

Pike (Esox Lucius)
The pike's body is streamlined, olive green in colour with a white belly. They have a large mouth containing many rows of backward pointing sharp teeth.
Baits:
A range of plugs, spoons, spinners, jerk baits, pike flies and a range of small deadbaits including herring, mackerel, smelt, sprat and other sea deadbaits.
British record 46lb 13oz

Eel (Anquilla Anquilla)
The long snake like appearance of the eel is its most distinguishing feature. It has small gills and pectoral fins, and a narrow dorsal fin.
Baits:
Worms and maggots in general. Small deadbaits are deadly for big specimens.
11lb 2oz

Dace (Leuciscus Leucisus)
Nothing like a Roach but does get confused with small Chub but can be easily identified by the concave anal fin
Baits:
Maggots, casters, bread and a small range of groundbaits.
British Record 1 lb 5 oz 2 drms

Carp (Cyprinus Barpio)
the fully scaled Common Carp, the Mirror Carp, which has relatively few scales and a smooth body surface, the linear carp, with scales along the lateral line only and the Leather Carp which are totally scaleless
Baits:
Maggots, sweetcorn, bread, pastes, worms and a range of flavoured boilies with an extensive range of groundbaits and additives
British record,, Grass Carp - 36lbs 8oz, Carp - 64lb 5oz

Chub (Leuciscus Cephalus)
Active throughout the year, adaptable, opportunist. Behaviour Shoaling, sometimes in large numbers.
Bait:
Natural food Insect larvae, molluscs, crustacea, small fish, frogs.
British record 9lb 5oz

Barbel (Barbus Barbus)
Rivers, occasionally stocked in still waters, preferred habitat Fast water, gravel, weed, 15-22°C
Bait:
Natural food Insect larvae, crustaceans, molluscs, small fish
British Record 21lb 2oz

Ruffe (Gymnocephalus Cernua)
Preferred habitat Weed, sand or gravel substrate with low flow. Feeding Forage in the substrate, most active dawn and dusk
. 5oz  4dr

Gudgeon (Gobio Gobio)
Preferred habitat Clear flowing water, sand or gravel substrate.
British Record 5oz

Crucian carp (Carassius Carassius)
Preferred habitat Shallow still water, dense weed.
Bait:
Maggots, sweetcorn, small boilies (10mm)
British Record 4lb 9oz 9drm

Grayling (Thymallus Thymallus)
Preferred habitat Fast flow over gravel, oxygen-rich clear water.
Natural food Insect larvae, aerial insects
British Record 4lb 3oz .

GOLDFISH   (Brown) (Carassius auratus) 5lb  11oz  8dr

Zander (Stizostedion Lucioperca) 21lb 5oz
Location Lowland, rivers, drains and large still waters.
Feeding, Most active in the summer, dawn and dusk
Behaviour, Shoaling as young fish, solitary as adults.
Preferred habitat Shallow, enriched, slow-flowing, turbid water.

Ide (Leucisus Idus)
Ide are found in ponds, lakes and rivers. They have a relatively deep,flat-sided body, a rather small head and large eyes. The Ide is greyish blue to blackish green on it's back, silvery sides and a white belly with a deeply forked tail. The Ide is not a native of Britain, making it an introduced species

Bleak, (Alburnus alburnus) 4oz  9dr

Golden Orfe, British record 8lb 5dr

Pumpkinseed, British record 14oz 2dr

3 Spine Stickleback, British Record 7dr

Grass Carp - 36lbs 8oz

Zander - 19lbs 5oz 8drm

Catfish - 62lb 0oz

Irish records

Bream (Abramis brama) 12lbs 3ozs

Carp (Cyprinus carpio) 29lbs 13oz

Dace (Leuciscus leucsus) 1lb 2ozs

Eel (Anguilla anguilla) 6lbs 15ozs

Perch (Perca fluviatilis) 5lbs 8ozs

Pike (Esox lucius) River 42lbs

Pike (Esox lucius) Lake 42lbs 12oz

Roach (Rutilus rutilus) 1.425kgs

Roach Bream Hybrid 7lbs

Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthamus) 4lbs 8ozs

Rudd Bream Hybrid 7lbs 10ozs

Tench (Tinca tinca) 8.15lbs

 


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