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Grayling among five new record fish claims ratified by British Record Fish Committee


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Simon Ellis with his record grayling

Five anglers have been successful in their claims for new record fish. At their meeting at the at the Natural History Museum in London, the British Record Fish Committee considered and ratified the following record claims:

Simon Ellis’s Grayling (Thymallus thymallus) of 4lb 8oz, caught on fly from a Wessex river on 19th February. Simon’s fish beats Paul Mildred’s 10-year record of 4lb 4oz 8dr, also from a Wessex river.

Ray Edwards’s shore-caught Brill (Scophthalmus rhombus), ratified at 8lb 3oz, caught from the Chesil Beach at Abbotsbury on 17th November 2018, which beats Mr Fletcher’s 39 year-old record from Guernsey of 7lb 7oz 8dr.

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Ray Edwards with his 8lb 3oz brill

Kevin Copeland’s boat-caught Almaco Jack (Seriola rivoliana), ratified at 2lb 2oz, caught from a reef off Milford Haven on 17th October 2018. Kevin’s fish very narrowly beats John Varcoe’s record, caught just a few days earlier, of 2lb 1oz 14dr. Kevin’s fish had already been accepted as a Welsh record prior to his claim for the British record and, like John’s fish before, had to be identified by X-ray of a vital bone structure at the Natural History Museum.

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Kevin Copeland’s Almaco Jack

Jeff Fisk’s Derbio (Trachinotus ovatus), of 214 grams, caught on 6th October 2018 from Chesil Beach in Dorset. Jeff’s Derbio is the first entry into the British record lists for this species.

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Jeff Fisk with his Derbio from Chesil Beach

Gary Mitchell’s Spurdog (Squalus acanthias), verified at 23lb 2oz, caught from a South Devon shore mark on 30th November 2018. Gary’s fish beats Cameron Atkinson’s 2018 record of 18lb.

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Gary Mitchell’s Spurdog weighed 23lb 2oz

Present at the BRFC meeting were: Mike Heylin OBE (Chairman), Oliver Crimmen (Scientific Advisor, Natural History Museum), Andrew Nellist (Freshwater Specialist), Mat Mander (Marine Specialist) and Nick Simmonds (Secretary).

The Committee reminded anglers that in the event of the capture of a potential record fish, the captor should first contact the British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee without delay.

Captors of potential record fish should contact the Secretary, Nick Simmonds, at the Angling Trust, on 01568 620447 or by email at Nick will record the details of the capture and advise the claimant on progressing the claim.

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

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