Ruffe record rocked! RUFFE – 4 oz 8 dr

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85.7% of Bri­tish record

PERCH angler An­drew Shep­herd had a sur­prise on the Shrop­shire Union Canal when he banked this 4 oz 8 dr Bri­tish record-nudg­ing ruffe.

An­drew, who is 26 and from Stafford­shire, lured his first-ever ruffe on a 2 in. green Eco­gear Crea­ture Bait on a club wa­ter stretch.

The of­fi­cial ruffe record is still 5 oz 4 dr, caught by R. Jenk­ins from West View Farm, in Cum­bria, in 1980.

But An­drew’s pal Ian Gre­gory, pic­tured in page 9 with an im­pres­sive perch brace, is still try­ing to sort out his ap­pli­ca­tion for a 5 oz 8 dr ruffe caught last win­ter.

Ian said: “There are a few 5 oz-plus ruffe in the canal, and I’m con­fi­dent of get­ting an­other this win­ter.”

Clearly the top catch re­ported this week in ‘clos­est to record’ terms, An­drew’s ruffe nets him our main Fish

Of The Week prize.

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