A nice Ruffe punk caught on a cold February day. More
In terms of freshwater ‘rockfish’ targets, it doesn’t get any cooler than the charismatic Ruffe. The Eurasian Ruffe (gymnocephalus cernua) is also known as pope, daddy ruffe, tommy ruffe or stone perch. Ruffe have a flamboyant dorsal fin and often, amazing pink eyes. Being a close relative of the Perch, Ruffe are every bit a predator fish species and can be targeted with scaled-down, ultralight lure presentations. In my opinion, they are the spikey jewel of our UK waterways and always raise a smile when I encounter one. Hopefully the following information will help you catch Ruffe too.