Anglers whose claims have been accepted by the Committee will be awarded special “Merit Badges” in the case of Specimen Fish, and Silver Medals in the case of Record Fish. Specimen Fish Certificates will also be issued in respect of all ratified claims. Only one merit badge will be awarded to any angler per annum even where multiple claims are received. Specially commissioned awards are made to anglers for cumulative specimen fish captures of 20 species, 10 species, 50 specimens or 10 specimens. Other special awards are the Dr. Micheal Kennedy Award (Mullet of the year), the Dr. Arthur Went Award (Young Specimen Angler of the Year), the Minister’s Award (Fish of a Lifetime) and the Failte Ireland’s Best International Specimen Fish Award (for the best overseas angler specimen).
Presentation of 2015 Awards
The Irish Specimen Fish Committee (ISFC) held its Specimen Fish Awards Day on Saturday 20th February, 2016 at the Clayton Hotel, Swords, Co, Dublin. Successful anglers from all over Ireland who caught specimen fish in lakes, rivers or in the sea in 2015 were presented their awards by well known angler and specimen hunter Jim Clohessey.