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Two spurdogs ratified as British record fish


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Gary Hillon's shore-caught spurdog weighed 17lb 8oz 8dr

Two new record fish claims have been ratified by the British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee at its meeting held at the National History Museum in London.

Gary Hillon's shore-caught spurdog (Squalus acanthius) from South Devon on 4th March, was ratified at a weight of 17lb 8oz 8dr, adding 12oz to Mr Legg’s 53-year-old shore record from Chesil Beach.

A boat-caught spurdog (Squalus acanthius) landed by Shane Salmon off Hastings, East Sussex, on 9th April, was confirmed at the weight of 25lb 4oz, adding 15oz to Tom Walsh’s 2013 record from Northern Ireland waters.

The committee also agreed to add a claim from Duncan Paul to have his capture of a shore-caught common skate (Dipturus batis) estimated to weigh 188lb recognised on the Notable Fish List. James’s fish, caught from a rock mark on the north Scottish coast, was measured at 84 inches in length and with wingtip to wingtip measurement of 66 inches. 

The Committee has two outstanding record claims awaiting completed paperwork from the captors. Chris Davey has made a claim for a garfish at 3lb 10oz caught from a South Devon beach and Dale Dudhill has claimed the 3-spined stickleback record with a specimen 9.5cm long and claimed to weigh 7.5 grams.

More information about what to do if you catch a record fish can be found on the BRFC web pages

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Shane Salmon's 25lb 4oz boat-caught spurdog

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Duncan Paul's common skate, estimated at 188lb, added to Notable Fish list

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