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Five new record fish claims
ratified by British Record Fish Committee
The British Record Fish Committee met at Fishmongers’ Hall, London Bridge.
Present were: Mike Heylin OBE
(Chairman), Oliver Crimmen (Scient i f i c A d v i s o r, N a t u r a l H i s t o r y
Museum), Nigel Hewlett (Scientific
Advisor, Environment Agency), Paul
Coulson (Freshwater Specialist), Tim
Froome (Marine Specialist), Will
Barnard (Freshwater Specialist) and
Nick Simmonds (Secretary).
The committee would like to record
its thanks to The Fishmongers’ Company for generously hosting this
meeting and to acknowledge the
grant funding provided by The Fishmongers’ Company to enable the
BRFC to continue its work in considering, ratifying and recording British
record rod-caught fish.
The committee has received correspondence questioning the validity of
the current British sea trout record
and suggesting that the fish, caught
in 1992 and ratified as a British record
in 1993, may in fact be a salmon. The
BRFC will investigate the question of
the identification of this fish to the
fullest extent it is able to from the
records available.
The committee considered and
accepted the following record claims
as being duly ratified:Ben Wallis’s
streaked gurnard (Chelidonicthys lastoviza) from Cornwall’s Helford river
in August, was ratified as a new boatcaught record at a weight of 1lb 7oz
15dr. Ben’s fish beats the previous
boat-caught record of 1lb 2oz for this
seldom reported species.
Gary Marquis’s shore-caught thinlipped grey mullet (Liza ramada), ratified at 8lb 8oz 13dr, caught from the
east coast of Guernsey on 11th
August 2019. Gary’s fish is the latest
in a run of record thin-lips over recent
years and beats Geoff Le Page’s 2017
record of 8lb 3oz 8dr. Gary’s fish was
examined at the Natural History
Museum to verify the species identification. The BRFC’s Marine Scientific
Advisor, Oliver Crimmen, has identified a previously unrecorded characteristic feature of thin-lipped mullet
which, when thoroughly checked,
may help to identify the species from
good photographic evidence in
future.Ryan Wingfield has broken his
own shore-caught tope (Galeorhinus
galeus) record of 75lb with a larger
fish rati-fied at 77lb 3oz. Ryan’s new
record was caught in June 2019 from
a Pembrokeshire shore mark.Colin
Smithson’s barbel (Barbus barbus)
was ratified at 21lb 2oz, to overtake
Grahame King’s 2006 Great Ouse
record by just one ounce. Colin’s fish
was caught from a Sussex river on 7th
November 2019.
Mat Faulkner’s three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) was
ratified as a record with a weight of 8
grams. Caught in July from Lower
Beauvale Ponds near Nottingham,
Mat’s fish just pips Dennis Flack’s
1998 record of 4 drams (7 grams).
Mat’s fish was weighed on a scale
which gave a reading in grams and
after an adjustment for slight inaccuracy shown by the scales test the
rounded down weight was agreed at
8 grams.
The Committee would like to
remind 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 n

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