If you Catch a Record Fish
1. The Claimant should contact the Secretary. Telephone: 0844 7700616 Fax: 01159 819039 or by post to BRFC, Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 8DQ.
2. Advice will then be given on identification, the claims procedure and if appropriate preservation. If the office is closed a message should be left on the answerphone.
3. The Secretariat will record the date and place of capture, the species of fish and if a game fish whether natural or cultivated or in the case of a Rainbow Trout whether a cultivated, resident or wild fish. The weight and details of the scales used to weigh the fish and request that a clear coloured photograph be forwarded so that identification can be confirmed,
The claimant will be advised to keep the fish if available pending identification. Medium sized fish can be preserved for considerable periods by refrigeration (deep freeze), If a fish is to be sent by post it should be wrapped in a cloth, placed in a sealed plastic bag, and wrapped in stout brown paper or jiffy bag. The name and address of the sender, and whether the fish should be returned - if so the postage should be enclosed. The fish should be weighed before freezing.
4. Claims must be confirmed in writing to the Secretary stating the date and place of capture, the species of fish and if a game fish whether a natural or cultivated or in the case of a Rainbow Trout whether a cultivated, resident or wild fish. The weight and details of the scales used to weigh the fish and a clear coloured photograph be forwarded so that identification can be confirmed.
When digital images are submitted, all available images of the fish shall be accessible to the Committee on request and in some cases the Committee may require the memory card or other device holding the images to be submitted.
5. Once the photograph has been received, and its identity established, the claimant will be informed and issued with the claim forms, he/she will then have 56 days to complete the forms and provide the necessary evidence for the claims.
6. Once the completed forms have been returned, the Secretary will acknowledge them, make copies and forward by post to the Members of the Record Committee for their consideration and if acceptable their endorsement of a new record.
7. Once the Committee have agreed the claim, the clamant will be issued with confirmation of the Record in the form of a letter.
8. All claims will then be brought to the next BRFC meeting, which normally take place in June and December each year to officially ratify the claims and to conduct all the business of the BRFC.
9. A Certificate to commemorate the record will then be printed, signed by the secretary and chairman, and posted by first class post to the claimant.
10. Press Releases informing of the new accepted claims will be issued by the secretariat bi-monthly or as and when necessary.
11. The current list of records will be posted on the Angling Trust website.
12. The representatives on the committee represent anglers from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. The committee is served by scientists from the Environment Agency and the Natural History Museum, Kensington.
World Record Fish
World record marine and freshwater fishes are the concern of the International Game Fish Association, 300 Gull Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida, 33004-9968, USA Tel: (954) 927 2628.
World record claims for sharks should be made through the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain, Looe, Cornwall. Shark records on the British List are for the heaviest fish of each species, irrespective of the strength of line used; for records of sharks caught on different breaking strains of line please refer to the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain.
EUROPEAN SEA FISH The address of the Hon. Fish Recorder of the European Federation of Sea Anglers is 27, Beaver Close, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4GB.
Irish, Scottish and Welsh Records
The British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee has in membership both the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers and the Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers. Scottish and Welsh sea records which are also British records are submitted either direct to the BRFC or by the respective organisation to which the initial claim is made.
Claims for fish caught in Northern Ireland are dealt with by the British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee, but claims for fish caught in Eire should be made to the Secretary, Mr. K. Lennane, Irish Specimen Fish Committee, Balnagowan House, Mobhi Boreen, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. (Tel: 01 8379206)