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BLEAK
COARSE  FISHING  WITH  THE  ESSEX  ANGLER
(Alburnus Alburnus)

Bleak
DISCRIPTION
A small fish with silver sides and a silvery white belly.It has a straight back and a small upturned mouth enabling it to easily feed on the surface or on "the drop".
The back and upper sides are a clear yellowish green, The Pectoral, Pelvic And Anal Fins are faint yellow in colour.
STATS
British record - 4oz 9drms
Speciman weight - 2 oz(56.6 gm)
Average weight - 1 oz(28.3 gm)
Average length - 15cm
Life span - 6-8 years
LOCATION
Slow moving rivers
HABITAT
Living in shoals it can be found in slow moving water and prefers no vegetation in its area. Found usually in open water, near the surface. Moves to deeper water over winter.
FEEDING HABITS
The young feed near the bed and, adults on the surface on crustaceans and insects.They will feed through out the day/night.
NATURAL FOOD SOURCE
Insects, Planktonic crustacea.
LIFE CYCLE
Reaches maturity at 2 years for the male and 3 years female.Spawning occurs from April to July with eggs of up to 90-150 eggs per gram of body weight.





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