Specimen Fish Report 2021 published

Specimen Fish Report 2021 published

 Anglers fishing Irish waters caught hundreds of huge fish in 2021 according to the just-published Irish Specimen Fish Committee report.
One new Irish record was set by Jim Clohessy from Cork who smashed the existing record for a rare species, the Stone Basse taken when fishing off Cork Harbour.
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Over 470 exceptionally large fish of different species were caught by anglers from venues throughout Ireland in 2021. The main species were smaller shark species like Spurdog and, in freshwater, Tench, Roach Bream Hybrids and Brown trout dominated.  All fish were …

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Three Bearded Rockling v Shore Rockling

Three Bearded Rockling v Shore Rockling

Colour tends not to be a reliable distinguishing feature for many species. For these two rockling
species, which are on the Irish Specimen Fish Committee listings, colouration is very relevant.
Both body shapes are suggestive of small ling and both are scaleless with a single dorsal fin which
extends for approx. 40% of the body. Both have two barbels on the snout and one under the chin.
Colours vary being typically ranging from yellow to brown to reddish for both with pale ventral
colours.
The three bearded rocking can also be distinctly dark orange. Large chocolate …

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ISFC news, Annual Report, Awards, New Rules

ISFC news, Annual Report, Awards, New Rules

Annual report – hope to publish in April 2022.
Annual Awards Day – the usual event held in Feb every year was postponed due to the COVID-19 situation, but it is planned to have an event at some stage in 2022.
Handling – for all species best practice is essential. This is particularly important for species like shad.
Specimen fish rules updates:

Corkwing wrasse length – 2021 was a data collection year for this species in order to set a realistic threshold. Data showed that the guideline length of 20 cm total length (TL) …

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Awards day photos

Thanks to all the anglers who made the effort to travel to the Awards presentations. It was a great occasion and it was particularly encouraging to see so many junior anglers receiving specimen fish certificates. For any anglers who were at the awards and would like  copy of your award presentation please see the slide show below.

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Awards Day photos 2015

Awards Day photos 2015

In a passionate speech broadcaster and angler Derek Davis appealed to anglers to pass on their angling skills to young people to show them how to develop as anglers. Speaking at the ISFC Awards Day on Saturday last in Dublin he highlighted the quality of angling in Irish waters and that the younger generation just needed the encouragement and support of adult mentors to be able to enjoy angling and go on to catch the ‘big ones’. Several young anglers who had caught specimens in 2014 were awarded with certificates …

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