New records ratified at meeting of British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee (BRFC)
The BRFC met at Fishmongers Hall, London, on 10th June 2013.
Present were: Mike Heylin (Chairman), Nick Simmonds (Secretary), Oliver Crimmen (Scientific Advisor, Natural History Museum), Chris Clark (Angling Trust - marine), and Keith Speer (Angling Trust - freshwater)
The following claims were ratified by the committee as new records.
Specie: Bream (Abramis brama)
Record weight: 22lb 11oz (10.291kg)
Captor's name: Scot Crook
Date caught & venue: 07/04/2012, Ferry Lagoon, Cambridgeshire
Previous record: 20lb 1oz
Specie: Ling (Molva molva)
Record weight: 67lb 5oz (30.533kg)
Captor's name: James Isbister
Date caught & venue: 23/02/2013, Muckle Flugga, Shetland Isles
Previous record: 59lb 8oz
Specie: Grey Gurnard (Eutrigla gurnardus)
Record weight: 2lb 7oz 8dr (1.120kg)
Captor's name: Kristian Quenault
Date caught & venue: 22/03/2013, Wreck off Plymouth
Previous record: 2lb 7oz
Specie: Spurdog (Squalus acanthias)
Record weight: 24lb 5oz (11.056kg)
Captor's name: Tom Walsh
Date caught & venue: 03/06/2013, Red Bay, Northern Ireland
Previous record: 21lb 3oz
Notes from the meeting:
Tom Walsh's new spurdog record has been processed and ratified by the BRFC in just one week from capture to ratification - a record in itself. 16 year old Tom's magnificent fish was caught from Hamish Currie's boat Predator, fishing out of Red Bay, County Antrim. Tom has agreed to donate his fish to the national collection at the Natural History Museum, and Hamish has kindly agreed to arrange the shipping. A photo of Tom with the new record spurdog is available - see picture below..
James Isbister's enormous ling has also been donated to the Natural History Museum - please see photo of Oliver Crimmen (below), Senior Fish Curator and the BRFC's Marine Scientific Advisor, with the fish in its new home.
The committee discussed the benefits of extending its membership to fully represent angling records right across the British Isles. The BRFC's current scope includes England, Wales, Scotland, The Isle of Man, The Channel Islands and Northern Ireland.
The committee revisited its ongoing discussions concerning the inclusion and/or exclusion of records for "cultivated" fish and for non-native species. There are many issues to consider around this subject and the committee is open to the views of the wider angling community. We would be pleased to receive constructive opinions and anglers are welcome to contact the Chairman, Mike Heylin, at firstname.lastname@example.org in this regard.