GETTING MY KICKS FROM THE MINI-SPECIES – Blog entry 645 (RUFFE)

One of the ways that my own fishing has developed over the years is that I always set my stall out to catch a specific species whenever I go. Although I’m always happy to bank anything that comes along, I do find that there is a great sense of satisfaction when you catch something that you intended. In the case of ruffe, that is heightened by the fact that they aren’t as widespread as many other species. Due to their size and diet it’s also more difficult to eliminate other fish.

The canal in late autumn
The canal in late autumn

Therefore, when I dedicated a couple of blog entries to them recently, it really did give me a buzz when I caught. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a 40lb carp that gives you a kick or a 1oz mini-species, ultimately whatever gets the adrenaline flowing, that’s what counts. So with ruffe doing it for me at the moment, I headed back to the Staffs/Worcs Canal to try and tempt a few more beauties from the murky depths.

Small but perfectly formed
Small but perfectly formed

It’s always good to get your first target fish of the week and that’s the one in the photograph above. I go through the challenge of banking ruffe in the accompanying video with the first point being location. They aren’t widespread in numbers so the first – and most important – box to tick is to find out where they are. The Staffs/Worcs Canal has pockets of them and the lower Severn also throws up ruffe in numbers, so that’s my immediate area knowledge.

A nice ruffe, I quite like them!
A nice ruffe, I quite like them!

As you can see from the video, my sessions were short ones and that’s another point to bear in mind. I’ve found ruffe to be generally late dusk and darkness feeders, so if you are out for that period then you can make the most of limited time. That has become especially important to me in the last year or so with most of my outings these days being quite short. That doesn’t mean to say that they are less productive though.

The final fish on the bank was a chub
The final fish on the bank was a chub

Of course, other fish turned up this week, with perch being the obvious culprits as I was fishing with worm over red maggots and brown crumb. I also caught roach and a chub right at the end. It didn’t fight like one at all and until I saw it I was half-convinced that I had hooked into a big perch. On the nature front I captured brief footage in the video of kestrel hovering on the far bank. There were lots of fieldfare and redwing about and although it’s late in the year I saw a noctule out feeding at dusk on one of the sessions. (Published November 21 2015)

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