The Irish Specimen Fish Committee (ISFC) has recently published its 2016 report, and copies are now available online and directly from Inland Fisheries Ireland, 3044 Lake Drive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24.
Founded in 1955, the ISFC is an independent voluntary body, representing angling interests in Ireland which verifies and records the capture of large (specimen) rod-caught fish by anglers. To date, over 29,000 claims have been received.
Last years highlights included a new record smooth hound and a rare scad specimen.
Congratulations to Dean Quigley, the new record holder. Dean caught his record smooth hound – weighing 11.27kg (24.8lb) – on Kilmore beach in Co. Wexford last June using peeler crab. The fish surpassed the previous one-year-old record by 5.8lb.
Also a big congratulations Peter Pollman from Austria for catching a fine scad. While fishing in Red Bay in Northern Ireland, he caught a scad of 0.91kg (2lb) on feathers which pipped the 30-year-old record by 0.0006kg ! Unfortunately, the weighing scales specifications were inadequate to weigh as a new record. Well done Peter.
Carp featured strongly with 49 recorded, 47 of which were caught in The Lough, Cork. David Flynn came out tops with a beauty of 12.36kg (27.2lb) on boilie.