FEELING RUFFE BUT IT’S ALL GOOD (Ruffe) – Blog entry 636

In last week’s blog entry I was ruffe fishing on the local canal. Well, I enjoyed it so much that I decided to stay on track. Even though I only caught one of my target species (plus numerous others) I most definitely enjoyed it and was up for the challenge this time round. It certainly is as well, as I explain in the video it’s harder to eliminate other fish when after ruffe.

Dorsal fin erect, my target species this week
Dorsal fin erect, my target species this week

An additional problem, if you can call it that, is location. Not every venue has them and even those that do you find that they aren’t exactly wall-to-wall. Even if you do manage to discover somewhere that has a few, they aren’t exactly going to storm the swim and drive the other fish out. All in all, although it is a different challenge to other types of fishing, nevertheless a challenge it is.

Ready to go back
Ready to go back

I came across the particular spot that I fished this week (all sessions were in the same peg) while after perch some time ago. I caught a couple of ruffe and made a mental note that one day I would return to target them specifically. On the subject of location, I always play my cards close to my chest. The swim that features this week threw some big (relatively speaking) perch up for me last winter and I intend to fish it again this autumn onwards.

A late dusk ruffe
A late dusk ruffe

It’s not selfish to hold back on revealing your fishing spots, in fact it’s more so to expect others to share theirs openly. I do get asked a lot where I was fishing and one of the problems for me personally is I currently get around 17,000 video views per month plus thousands of visitors to the website itself. I know from experience that when I have shared information, say on behalf of an angling club, that it has attracted business.

I've enjoyed this week very much
I’ve enjoyed this week very much

The tackle I used this week was my standard perch set-up and with everything already made up it’s a good way to make the most of limited time. In fact, all my sessions in this blog were short ones, that seems to be pretty much the way my fishing has gone this year. I’m very busy and although I have had to change things around a lot, I’m more than reluctant to surrender fishing. For me it’s the litmus test of where I am but I will cover that in a future blog.

Cleanly hooked, the best way to catch them
Cleanly hooked, the best way to catch them

Back to the tackle: 6lb line, 1/3oz free-running lead, size 10 Drennan Super Specialist hook and a six-inch hooklength created by a small shot and a 5mm bead. Simplicity in itself. I fished worm over red maggots and groundbait. I enjoyed myself so much this week, I have no doubt I’ll be back on the ruffe trail in due course. As they say, watch this space. Finally, don’t forget to send me your pond photos as per the request in the video. My email is stewartbloor@outlook.com. (Published September 19 2015)