TODD PARSONS couldn’t believe the size of this huge 8 dr minnow he caught from Somerset’s River Chew.

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The 20-year-old from Bristol trotted single bronze maggot for the mega mini species.  It falls shy of the 13.5 dr  record listed on the current British coarse fish record list.

Although taken for granted, or viewed as a pest by experienced coarse anglers, minnows are fascinating fish.

The smaller fish in the subfamily Leuciscinae are considered to be “true” minnows. And there are many varieties around the world. The type caught in Britain has the Latin name Phoxinus phoxinus.

Small fish fan Dr Mark Everard, who is often seen in Angler’s Mail magazine, said: “I simply love the little fishes of our rivers and ponds. It’s a shame that they are so overlooked and underappreciated. They are truly beautiful and fascinating, not to mention being a fun way to get up close and personal with wildlife.

“Minnows, for example, become some of the most colourful fishes in the world… literally! Male fish deepen in hue to emeralds and golds, brilliant scarlet underneath with white fin bases, and develop a jewellery of white nodules over their heads and fins to aid spawning,” added Wiltshire-based Mark, who wrote The Little Book of Little Fishes.

Other sorts of minnow in other parts of the world include:

Cheat minnow, a species in the genus Pararhinichthys
Cutlips minnow, a species in the genus Exoglossum
Desert minnows, fishes in the genus Dionda
Fathead minnow (rosy-red minnow), a species in the genus Pimephales
Loach minnow, a species of the genus Rhinichthys
Short levered minnow, a species of the genus Minnellinus
Pikeminnows, fishes in the genus Ptychocheilus
Pugnose minnows, fishes in the genus Opsopoeodus
Silverjaw minnow, a species in the genus Notropis
Longjaw minnow, a species in the genus Ericymba
Silvery minnows, fishes in the genus Hybognathus
Suckermouth minnows, fishes in the genus Phenacobius
Vietnamese cardinal minnow, a species in the genus Tanichthys
White Cloud Mountain minnow, a species in the genus Tanichthys

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