Coarse Species

BarbelBarbel - Barbus barbus

This fantastic species gets its name from its two barbs protruding from under its mouth. Barbel are usually a golden bronze colour and tend to have a pale stomach. The Barbel is a long a slender animal and is build for speed and power. Anyone who has caught a barbel will tell you that they put up a fantastic fight.

BleakBleak - Alburnus alburnus

This species has a lengthy body and a pointed head with a small mouth, their bottom lip protrudes similar to the Rudd, identifying it as a surface feeder. The Bleak boasts a shiny silver colour and a long anal fin. The Bleak’s back is darker in colour and its fins are pointed and have no specific colour.

BreamBream - Abramis brama

The common Bream has a incredibly deep body and a thin body, some have said that they resemble a dinner plate. The Bream species are usually silvery in colour with a green tinge, their back is darker and its belly is paler in colour. Older Bream tend to change their colour and present themselves with more of a golden lustre.

CarpCarp - Cyprinus Carpio

Many anglers spend a lot of their time sitting on the bank awaiting a bite from the biggest in the lake. The Carp origionated from Europe and Asia and have been bred to show large bellies and high backs. The carp name is shared with a varity of species including the common, crucian and grass carp. The most targeted is the common carp in the UK and its relatives the Mirror and Leather carp. The common carp is covered with small scales where as the mirror will have few large scales and the leather carp is smooth.

CatfishCatfish - Silurus glanis

This alien looking creature will never be mixed up with another species. The Wels catfish has a large flat head with two long barbels on its upper jaw. The Wels catfish has no scales and a large anal fin. The Catfish is native to eastern and central europe where it grows huge in size. This species has been introduced into many UK venues and some are known to live in a small number of rivers.

ChubChub - Leuciscus cephalus

As one of the largest British coarse fish, the lovable Chub is actually a part of the Carp family. This species is a shy fish and will take the skills of a top angler to bag one. This fish will not survive in polluted waters and will only live in the cleanest of waters. The Chub is dark grey to brown in colour and can show shades of copper along its sides. The underside pelvic and anal fins are a beautiful shade of orange and their dorsal and tail fins are dark grey in colour.

DaceDace - Leuciscus leuciscus

Also known as Darts, these fast swimming species are a quick and powerful fish for its size. This species shares the same body shape as a Roach but this species only has silver on its side and no shades of blue. They also have a yellow tinge to their eyes where as a Roach has a red colour to its eye. The Dace shows off its white fins with a feint red tinge, The Dorsal, caudal and pectoral fins are tipped black. When young the Dace can be mixed up with the Chubb, telling them apart is easy, the Chub has a mouth twice the size of a Dace at the same size.

EelEel - Anguilla anguilla

This snake like species is like no other, Its long and muscular body allows it to seek out areas that no other fish can enter. This species is a well travelled fish as it spends a percentage of its life at sea where it will breed, completing the cycle of life.

Golden OrfeGolden Orfe - Leuciscus idus

This super species is known as a Golden Orfe and can also be called an Ide. In the wild they are silver in colour but selective breeding will occur and you can end up with a golden or blue Orfe. This species can be found in Ponds, lakes but rarely in rivers. The Orfe have a deep sided body and is rather flat similar to the bream but not as tall. This species is not native to the British Isles and is more common across Europe. The golden Orfe is an artificial bread ornamental fish and is popular with pond owners for their gardens.

GudgeonGudgeon - Gobio gobio

In comparison to its body, the Gudgeon's head is quite large, it has a streamline body with a flat belly. The Gudgeon has a blue tinge to its flanks and a brown back. Gudgeon are a small species and it is rare to catch one of a specimen size.

IdeIde - Leuciscus idus

Is it a Dace? Is it a Roach? Is it a Hybrid? No. It’s an Ide! This little Scandinavian species is not natural to British waters and has been bred by British fishery owners. The Ide shares its body shape with a Chub and look very similar when young, it has a small head and has large eyes with a yellow tinge to its iris. The dorsal fin of an Ide is a greyish blue in colour where as the other fins have a reddish colour. With a greenish colouration to its back and a greyish blue down the flanks this small scaled fish is very pleasant to the eye.

PerchPerch - Perca fluviatilis

The perfect hunter, with its large mouth, this species will use its camouflage to its advantage and will hunt to kill. The Perch spends a lot of its time with others of similar weight and age and will eat prey up to half its own width. This is a well armoured, camouflaged ambush predator that is a pro when it comes to survival.

PikePike - Esox lucius

Pike tend to be at the top of the food chain and are known as aggressive predators. This solitary fish is long and powefull, It will lie in concealed areas ready to ambush any fish that passes by. Young pike will use their speed to catch their meal where as older pike will scavenge for slow, injured or dead fish to feed upon.

RoachRoach - Rutilus rutilus

The Roach is a fantastic staple to any anglers fishing log. This silvery fish is one of the most common caught species in UK waters, With its high tolerance to pollution and its non fussy eating habits, This species will eat the majority of meals on the menu. Adult species are usually deep bodied, especially when living in conditions that suit its feeding needs. With its small head and tail, this fish can at times look similar to other species, Roach are best known for their bright orange to red anal and pelvic fins.

RuddRudd - Scardinius erythrophthalmus

This slim, deep bodies species is a gorgeous fish. With its buttery gold flanks and red tipped fins in perfect conditions this species is a beauty. Recognised by its protruding bottom jaw, this fish feeds from above, wither from the surface of the water or by catching falling food on its way to the depths.

TenchTench - Tinca tinca

The Tench is one of the most lovable fish about. With its olive green silky body and red bear like eyes, This is a bottom dwelling fish that any angler would be happy to land.

ZanderZander - Sander lucioperca

First introduced into British waters in 1963, the Zander has a reputation for being an aggressive hunter. When young they hunt as packs and have the skills and equipment to kill anything that gets in its way. The Zander is thought to be a mix of Pike and Roach, as it shares some of the same characteristics, The Zander is a breed all of its own. Zander have large pointed snout, prominent backward pointing teeth and a dorsal fin set well back near tail above anal fin.

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