Mini Species

The mini species included in this section are fish which when fully grown generally reach a weight of less than 1lb. A wide range of fish fall into this category, from the small but venomous weever fish to the tiny common goby which has the UK lowest rod caught record weight of one gram! Just a few years ago many of the species here would be very rare catches for UK anglers for the simple reason that anglers would target larger fish and ignore these species. However, recent years have seen the rise of Light Rock Fishing (LRF) – a discipline of sea fishing which specifically targets small fish. The explosion in popularity of LRF has seen many of the species featured below become common catches to many anglers around the UK.

Herring

 

Common DragonetCommon Dragonet

 

Goby Species

 

TB Greater PipefishGreater Pipefish

 

Topknot

 

Sprat

 

EelpoutEelpout

 

ButterfishButterfish

 

Scad

 

Smelt

 

Greater and Lesser Sandeel

 

Tompot Blenny

 

TN ShannyCommon Blenny

 

Additional Blenny Species

 

Sea Stickleback

 

Weever Fish

 

Poor Cod

 

European Anchovy

 

European Pilchard

 

TN Boar FishBoar Fish

 

Comber

 

Long-spined Sea Scorpion

 

Minor Rockling Species

 

PoggePogge

 

Additional Mini Species