U.K. Sea Fishing FAQ - Pysgota Mor y Deyrnas Gyfunol
How to Claim an Irish Record
4.3.2 How To Claim an Irish Record
Irish records are claimed by submitting an Irish Specimen Claim Form.
It should be noted that particular attention is given to the rules
regarding weighing and identification as many claims are rejected for
not following the correct procedure.
RULE 3 - WEIGHING
Fish must be weighed in the presence of independent witnesses on a
properly certified scales e.g. a shop scales or official club scales
which is covered by a certificate from the local Weights and Measures
Officer. Claims cannot be accepted in respect of fish weighed on
uncertified scales, e.g. anglers spring balances or in respect of fish
weighed on scales inappropriate to the size of fish, e.g. fish in the
2 to 5lb range weighed on balances weighing up to 100lbs or over and
graduated in large divisions. Claims cannot be accepted in the case of
fish which has been weighed on board a boat.
RULE 4 - IDENTIFICATION
The actual identification of a fish must be fully documented where
there is a possibility of its confusion with any other (and
particularly larger) species. For this reason, the Committee in
respect of some species insists on scales from the fish; close up
photographs or the actual body as proof of identification before it
will consider claims.
SCALES must be submitted in respect of claims for SALMON, SEA
TROUT, BROWN TROUT (including SLOB TROUT). Any brown trout taken in
tidal waters will be regarded for claim purposes as a slob trout.
About 50 scales scraped from each shoulder should be sent with the
THE ACTUAL BODY must be forwarded for identification in the case of the
following species :- DACE, RUDD, ROACH, RUDD/BREAM HYBRID, ROACH/BREAM
HYBRID, MACKEREL, SCAD, HERRING, SHAD, FLOUNDER, DAB, BRILL, MEGRIM,
GURNARDS, GREY MULLET, ANGLER FISH, LESSER SPOTTED DOGFISH, THREE
BEARDED ROCKLING, SMOOTH HOUND, RAYS BREAM, CUCKOO WRASSE, TORSK,
"RIVER" EELS taken in tidal waters, and GARFISH (head and gills only).
CLEAR, SHARP, CLOSE-UP PHOTOGRAPHS, showing the entire fish with its
fins and other features easily seen, and not fore-shortened or
obscured must be provided in the case of TOPE, SHARKS, SKATE, RAYS,
MONKFISH, POLLACK, TRIGGERFISH, COALFISH, BALLAN WRASSE. If necessary
the fish should be hung. In the case of skates and rays, photographs
of both back and belly surfaces should be provided and particulars of
colouration given. Samples of teeth should be furnished in the case of
Porbeagle and Mako sharks. In addition there should be a clear photo
showing the jaws and teeth exposed.
Jun 9 1998, 12:00 am
U.K. Sea Fishing FAQ - Pysgota Mor y Deyrnas Gyfunol - Compiled by : Colin Albert
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