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Roach

roach

The common roach is very adaptable and can be found in any fresh-water body from small ponds, to the largest rivers and lakes. It will feed happily at any depth, although its favourite food sources would tend to be in shallower water. The roach will eat most baits

Perch

perch

Perch are carnivorous fish most commonly found in small ponds, lakes, streams, or rivers. These fish feed on smaller fish, shellfish, or insect larvae, but can be caught with nearly any bait. They commonly spawn during the spring, when the females lay strings of eggs in covered areas such as near branches or underwater plants.

Pike

Effective methods for catching this hard-fighting fish include dead baits, live baits, and lure fishing. Pike can easily be damaged when handled since they are not as robust as their reputation would suggest. Colour of lure can be influenced by water clarity and weather conditions. Since pike have numerous sharp teeth it is wise to take extreme care when unhooking them. The use of a wet leather gauntlet and surgical forceps to remove hooks is highly recommended on safety grounds. If practicing catch and release fishing, care for the pike should be the pike angler's utmost concern.

Tench

The tench is most often found in still waters with a clay or muddy substrate and abundant vegetation. This species is rare in clear waters across stony substrate, and is absent altogether from fast-flowing streams. It tolerates water with a low oxygen concentration, being found in waters where even the carp cannot survive.

Tench feed mostly at night with a preference for animals, such as chironomids, on the bottom of eutrophic waters and snails and pea clams in well-vegetated waters.

Breeding takes place in shallow water usually among aquatic plants where the sticky green eggs can be deposited. Spawning usually occurs in summer, and as many as 300,000 eggs may be produced. Growth is rapid, and fish may reach a weight of 0.11 kg (0.25 lb) within the first year.

Barbel

pike

Barbel, although often found in still waters are predominantly a river dwelling fish and are very sought after by many anglers. They may not be the most elusive fish in the river; in fact, in the right conditions they are fairly easy to catch. They are, however, very hardy fish who will fight right until you slip your landing net under them. Despite this hardy nature in the water they do not cope well out of the water and must be returned safely and quickly. It is good custom to support the fish in the water until it is fully recovered and swims away on its own accord.
They can be caught on most baits that are alive, plus meats, and cheese baits.

Dace

The dace is a lively, active fish, of gregarious habits, and exceedingly prolific, depositing its pale yellow eggs in the spring at the roots of aquatic plants or in the gravelly beds of the shallow, flowing streams it frequents. It poses a risk as a potential pest in some areas. In appearance it closely resembles the roach in both size and shape, with the head and back of a dusky blue color and the sides of a shining silvery aspect, with numerous dark lines running along the course of the scales. The ventral and anal fins are white, tinged with pale red, and the dorsal, pectoral and caudal tipped with black. The dace feeds on worms, insects, insect-larvae, snails, and also vegetable matter, albeit rarely.

Carp

The common carp is native to Europe and Asia, and has been introduced to every part of the world except the poles. They are the third most frequently introduced species worldwide, and their history as a farmed fish dates back to Roman times.
Carp will eat most baits including some you have never used.

There is also the Mirror carp, Crucian carp, Koi carp, Leather carp, Ghost carp and more.

F1 Carp

The F1 Carp is a slightly smaller breed of carp that is relatively new to the UK but is fast becoming the most stocked variety. F1 Carp are a hybrid of common carp and crucian carp, and this cross breeding can occur naturally in the wild but it is now more often taking place artificially at fish farms.

Bream

The common bream generally lives in rivers (especially in the lower reaches) and in nutrient-rich lakes and ponds with muddy bottoms and plenty of algae. It can also be found in brackish sea waters. The common bream lives in schools near the bottom.
At night common bream can feed close to the shore and in clear waters with sandy bottoms feeding pits can be seen during daytime. The fish's protractile mouth helps it dig for chironomid larvae, Tubifex worms, bivalves, and gastropods. The bream eats water plants and plankton, as well.


UK Record Fish

Barbel
21-1- 0
Great Ouse, Beds
2006

Bleak
0-4-9
River Lark Cambridgeshire 1998

Bream - common
22-11-0
Ferry Lagoon, Cambridgeshire, 2012

Bream - silver
3-4-0
Mill Farm, Pullborough Sussex 2012

Crucian Carp
4-10-0
Johnsons Lake, Surrey
2015

Catfish
62-0-0
Withy Pool, Beds
1997

Carp
Mirror-Common-Leather
68-1-0
Cranwells Lake, Berks
2016

Chub
9-5-0
Southern Stillwater
2007

Dace
1-5-2
River Weir Co Durham
2002

Eel
11-2-0
Kingfisher Lake, Hants
1978

Goldfish
5-11-8
Stillwater pond Surrey
1994

Grass Carp
44-8-0
Horton Church Lake
Berks, 2006

Gudgeon
0-5-0
River Nadder, Wilts
1990

Minnow
0-0-13.5
Whitworth Lake, Durham
1998

Orfe (golden)
8-5-0
Lymm Vale, Cheshire
2000

Perch
6-3-0
Stream Valley Lakes
E Sussex 2011
Wilstone Reservoir
Herts 2012

Pike
46-13-0
Llandegredd Reservoir,
S. Wales 1992

Roach
4-4-0
Sillwater, N. Ireland
2006

Rudd
4-10-0
Freshwater lake,
N. Ireland 2001

Ruff
0-5-4
West View Farm
Cumbria, 1980

Tench
15-3-6
Sheepwalk Big Pit
Middlesex 2001

Zander
21-5-0
River Severn 2007