Coarse Fish Species Guide

Here we discuss the freshwater coarse fish species that are sought after or likely to be encountered by anglers. Each page provides information on the essential facts required to begin catching the species of your choice whilst also providing information which will allow you to identify exactly what you have caught.

 

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Barbel

The barbel is a slim, elegant fish which is surprisingly powerful, it is found almost exclusively in rivers and a member of the carp family. It has a grey coloured back with bronze flanks and a pearl coloured lower half. It is easy to identify from the four barbels on its face – one in each corner of its…

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Bream

Name:
Silver Bream (Blicca bjoerkna)
Common Bream (Abramis brama)

Average Weight:
The Silver Bream is the smaller of the two, under normal conditions it has a maximum size of just 450g

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Carp

Name:
Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio)

Mirror and Leather Carp are both sub-species, and whilst they differ in appearance, they are still classified as the same species – Cyprinus carpio
Average Weight:

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Catfish

Name:
Catfish (Silurus glanis)

Average Weight:
The wels catfish is the largest true freshwater fish, under perfect conditions in Europe it can reach unbelievable sizes of up to 5 metres in length and weight over…

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Chub

Name:
Chub (Leuciscus cephalus)

Average Weight:
A decent sized chub is anything between 3lb and 5lb (1.4-2.3kg) and will provide a swashbuckling fight. Chub caught during the winter make for an even better tussle…

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Crucian Carp

Name:
Crucian Carp (Carassius carassius)

Average Weight:
In the UK, crucian carp usually weigh between 6 ounces and 1lb 8 ounces (160-810g) and grow between 6-12 inches (15-30cm) in length…

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Dace

Name:
Dace (Leuciscus leuciscus)

Average Weight:
Dace typically weigh between 2-6oz (0.05-0.15kg) and grow to an average length of between 4-6 inches (10-15cm). In optimal conditions, they can reach sizes of 2.2lb (1kg)…

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Eel

Name:
Eel (Anguilla anguilla)

Average Weight:
The average length of an adult eel in the UK is between 20-30 inches (60-80cm) with an average weight of between 2.2-4.4lbs (1-2 kg).

The females grow larger…

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Grass Carp

Name:
Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella)

Average Weight:
In the UK, the average grass carp weighs between 8-20lbs (3.5-9.0kg).

Also known as:
White Amur

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Grayling

Name:
Grayling (Thymallus thymallus)

Average Weight:
Under optimal conditions, grayling can grow to impressive weights, with some going above 4lbs (1.6kg).

In the UK the average…

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Gudgeon

Name:
Gudgeon (Gobio gobio)

Average Weight:
An average gudgeon weighs between 1-2oz (30-60g) and is between 3-4 inches (7-12cm) in length. Anything above 2oz (60g) would be considered an impressive specimen…

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Perch

Name:
Perch (Perca fluviatilis)

Average Weight:
In the UK, perch normally grow to between 4-10 inches (12-25cm) in length and weigh between 4-12oz (250-750g). A perch weighing 1lb (0.45kg) would be considered a very decent catch…

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Pike

Name:
Pike (Esox lucius)

Average Weight:
Pike caught in the UK usually weigh between 5-11lbs, and have an average length of 22-35 inches (55-85cm). However, they live for many years and continue to grow throughout…

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Roach

Name:
Roach (Rutilus rutilus)

Average Weight:
Roach do not reach the large sizes attained by other coarse fish, a fish of 2lbs (0.9kg) would be considered a fantastic specimen.

Also known as:
Common Roach and Red Fin

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Rudd

Name:
Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus)

Average Weight:
In the UK, rudd usually weigh between 2-8oz (50-200g).

IUCN Status:
LC – Least Concern

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Ruffe

Name:
Ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernua)

Average Weight:
In the UK, ruffe typically grow to 3-4 inches (7.5-12cm) in length and weigh between 1.5-3oz (30-60g).

Also known as:
Pope

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Tench

Name:
Tench (Tinca tinca)

Average Weight:
In the UK, tench typically grow between 16-28 inches (40-70cm) in length, and weigh between 2-5lbs (1-2kg).
In Europe however, tench can grow to impressive sizes of over…

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Zander

Name:
Zander (Stizostedion lucioperca)

Average Weight:
In the UK, the average zander weighs around 8lbs (3.6kg) and is between 65-90cm (25-35 inches) in length. A small zander found in a shoal will weigh 1-3lbs…

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