Roach (Rutilus rutilus)
  Features: Roach are easily identified by their silver colour, red fins and red eyes.
Spawning: Roach generally spawn during May but, unlike bream, are mature after 2 to 3 years and are very prolific breeders. Roach readily hybridise with bream and rudd and these hybrids are common in areas where the species co-exist. Because of the prolific nature of roach, they can over run a mixed fishery in a relatively short time period. Egg sizes is 1-1.5 mm.
Fecundity: Adult roach can produce 25,000 - 1,000,000 eggs/kg.
Longevity (age): They can live for up to 15 years.
Diet: Adult roach feed mainly on insects, crustaceans. Juveniles feed on zooplankton and phytoplanton.
Best Angling Methods: Float fishing with wagglers, stick and other floats; ledgering with arseley bombs or swimfeeders, long pole to hand or short line.
  Best Baits: Maggots, worms, bread, casters, hemp etc. with brown crumb and a range of continental groundbaits and flavourings.
  Specimen Weight: 907 grams (2lbs).
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