They seem to be making a come back, I've caught them from three different Yorks rivers recently. Not in the same numbers, but I had six in one session on the Ouse.Anyone else noticed a decline in Ruffe numbers in recent years? Used to catch them semi regularly up until 4-5 years ago but haven’t had one since.
Hi jayD I remember the hotties as we used to call them and used to fish for them as a novelty, not only cyclids but many different types of tropical fish which if I remember right was rumoured to have come from a pet shop that was closing down, the hot water came from pilkington's glass works I believe, good God showing my age and feeling it too lolThey seem to be making a come back, I've caught them from three different Yorks rivers recently. Not in the same numbers, but I had six in one session on the Ouse.
Anyone remember the cichlids that used to thrive in the St Helens canal years ago? I remember reading reports of them making up a part of the match weights at the time. I think they were dumped in from someone's fish tank, and thrived because of the warm water outlets.
Hi Mark ,i had Lamprey of about 2lb from the Severn a few years ago in a match,took my double maggot fair and square in the mouth.absolutely noOf the list I haven't caught bitterling, catfish (hooked and lost), sturgeon or zander. Burbot have been extinct in the UK for over 50 years and none of the lamprey species will actually take a bait.
Caught in the UK but not on the list: seatrout, large-mouth black bass, vimba, gibel carp (DNA confirmed), stone loach, bullheads, minnows, sun bleak (motherless minnows).
Easier to say what I have caught:I was thinking back to years gone by when we ran a 'Fish Race' on the site, people could submit different fish species they'd caught throughout the year and there was a prize for the one that caught the most. Then I got to thinking which fish haven't I caught before...
From the list below, tell us which species you have still to catch: (only UK caught fish count)
Bream (Common Bronze)
Tench (Golden or Green)