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2012-2013 Results The Angling Trust Specimen Sea Awards Scheme - click here to download a PDF of all the winners for the 2012-2013 season!

Specimen Sea Fish Awards Scheme 2016 - 2017

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Specimen Sea Fish Awards Scheme

This annual competition opens on 1st December and closes on 30th November of the following year, is open to paid up Members and Members of Affiliated Clubs and is divided into two sections for fish caught from boats or for fish caught from the shore, piers, harbour walls or breakwaters.

As an angler you receive a certificate for each specimen fish awarded and can also purchase the appropriate medal to go with it for a small fee. 

The Sea Angling News trophy is awarded each year to the fishing club with the most entries.

How do I enter?
The rules and a table of specimen weights, a specimen claim registration form and map of the specimen areas and boundaries can be downloaded below.

Measure & Release Bass Rule For Angling Trust Sea Specimen Awards Scheme

Specimen sea fish anglers are being reminded to return all bass alive to the sea from now until July 1st 2017 in line with the EU conservation measures for 2017.

The Angling Trust has agreed to implement a ‘measure & release’ rule for anglers who wish to enter bass caught into its popular Sea Specimen Awards Scheme between now and July 1st 2017. This rule will allow specimen fish to be recorded based on the total length of bass allowing anglers fishing from the shore, or without access to certified scales at the point of capture of a specimen fish, to measure fish before returning them alive to the sea.

Specimen weights have been converted into lengths using the Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network's (SSACN) Give Fish A Chance online converter. The changes to the scheme will begin immediately and the rules of the scheme will be amended accordingly.

Recreational anglers have always sort to preserve stocks of all species of fish and many years ago formulated a 'catch & release' scheme for both boat and shore competitions.  More recently the Specimen Awards Scheme introduced a ‘weighed at sea’ category to allow anglers to return protected or threatened species that would have previously been required to be weighed on land to claim a Specimen Award.

The inclusion of ‘measure & release’ in the Sea Specimen Award Scheme reflects a legal requirement for bass caught by recreational anglers to be returned during the first six months of 2017 as well as the hard-fought campaign by the Angling Trust to allow the 'catch & release' of bass during this period. From July 1st until the end of 2017 recreational anglers will be allowed to retain one bass per day.

Anglers wishing to make a claim for a specimen bass can buy a durable bass measuring tape for only £3 from the Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society (BASS) website.

The Specimen Award Scheme is open to individual Angling Trust members and members of Angling Trust member clubs.

For more information download the Angling Trust’s guide to ‘All the facts about the 2016 EU bass fishing measures’ by clicking HERE.

2016 Awards

837 entries were received in 2016, you can see each of the entries and information by clicking here or download the document at the bottom of this page. A report of the 2016 scheme can be found here

2015 Awards

Please click here to see all specimen fish that were recorded in 2015. Congratulations to all those that were successful in their search for that special fish. A summary of the scheme can be found here

2014 Awards
Please click here to see all specimen fish that were recorded in 2014. Congratulations to all those that were successful in their search for that special fish

2013 awards
Please also check out all the specimen fish that were awarded honours in 2013. Congratulations to all and we hope to see your name on the list for 2014!

If you win some awards this year then let us know on our Facebook page at - we'd love to see them!

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