U.K. Sea Fishing FAQ - Pysgota Mor y Deyrnas Gyfunol
Unusual Sea Fish Catches and Sightings
4.5 Unusual Catches & Sightings
A database which is run by provides a focal point for records of rare
fish in UK waters, and a source of datae on changing distribution
Dr Geoff Potts and Silwa Swaby
Marine Biological Association
PL12BR Tel 01752 222772
CONGER - A 210lb conger was landed by a commercial boat at Falmouth,
Cornwall in 1990
FLOUNDER - A 7lb 2oz flounder was caught in a gill net at Aberdovey,
Gwynedd in 1983.
HAMMERhead - A hammerhead shark 13.5 feet long was caught commercially
at lfracombe, Devon in 1865.
PLAICE - Dave Stevens reports - a 20lb
plaice was landed by a commercial boat off Hastings in 1994.
SAILFISH - A 7.5 foot sailfish was stranded at Yealm Estuary, Devon in
1928. This the the only recorded sailfish in North European
SIX-GILLED SHARK - A 26 foot six-gill landed in Polperro, Cornwall in
SWORDFISH - A 130lb swordfish was caught in a salmon net in Bantry Bay
in 1950. The fish was 8.5 feet long.
- A Broadbill was sighted jumping off Clovelly, N. Devon by a
yactsman in April 1995.
THRESHER - A 500lb thresher was caught by a Yarmouth boat in summer
1869. The fish was 14 feet long.
Matthew Lear writes -
I was fishing at Hopes Nose in Torbay, South Devon during the
summer of '91 for mullet . A fisherman came over the rocks
and started lobbing out a six ounce weight with a string of
feathers using a beachcaster. He was pulling in mackeral for
half an hour, which had spooked any mullet that I hoped to
catch. On one of his casts he complained of catching in some
rocks, which wasn't possible as the spot he was fishing was
shale and sand. Then about sixty yards out a young thresher
Shark leapt from the water with a string of feathers
dangeling from his mouth. The line promptly broke as the fish
entered the water and the man was left there with a rather
shocked face, I would have estimated the fish at between
sixty and eighty pounds.
Jun 9 1998, 12:00 am
U.K. Sea Fishing FAQ - Pysgota Mor y Deyrnas Gyfunol - Compiled by : Colin Albert
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