January 2019 – Specimen Claims

Hi there!

            A great month with some brilliant specimens being recorded.

I shall be putting forward at the next delegates meeting a rise in one specimen size. It will not affect any fish that have already been recorded and it will only affect the boat section. Our specimen size for the boat caught Blue Shark stands at 62lbs. As all Sharks are now to be returned and our policy is to do just this. This fish is now eligible for the season’s awards. During the period when boat anglers target this fish, it would have an unfair advantage over other boat caught species. I will put forward a specimen weight of 90lb (40.860 kg).

Obviously I will keep you informed.

Will update you in a month.

Keith Reed. Fish Recorder.

And the Season award front runners so far…..

Well done chaps, cracking fish!

November 2018 – Specimen Claims

Notes from the Fish Recorder

Hi there!

                        Some good fish coming in late in the year. The outright winners of both the Shore & the Boat Autumn Season’s awards are listed. It was a close run thing with all the contenders putting in some fine specimens.

                        Look elsewhere on the BCFSA web pages for our annual award sheets. Quite a few alterations have come about over the last twelve months a new junior trophy (R.Talbot trophy) is now in the major list. Two trophies have been amalgamated, the (D.Metcalfe  & N.S.C Tope) also the (P.Smith & Veal’s Bass).      The Species trophy and aggregate shield have both been discontinued. The trophies listed are the only ones now in vogue.

                        The winners of the awards will either be awarded a prestigious embroidered badge or equally a certificate.

            Will update you again,

            Keith Reed.

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September 2018 – Specimen Claims

Hi there!

                        Take a look at the fish claimed from the boat section. It is becoming more apparent that the majority of the fish are now being put back and not being brought ashore for weighing. Perhaps it is time that we look at our claim form and tick a box where the fish is retained and not as at present “put back”. Let me know what you think.

A good place to start would be that all Rays could go forward to qualify for the Dolphins Skate & Ray trophy. This is the same criterion as applies to members of the Shark trophy, again let me know.

All the best,

Will update you in a month.

Keith Reed. Fish Recorder.


Congratulations to Jason Atkins with another stunning fish! this time a 13lb1oz Bull Huss from Porlock, well done Jason!


And on the boats, Phil Lewis with a cracking 119lb Blue Shark, you’re a brave man Phil!


Summer Season Award – The Result

The results are all in and the Summer Season Award is concluded!

From the shore we had three stunning fish. In June Chris Buxton of Seaswest SAC took a 19lb2oz Smoothound, this fish was 144% of specimen size and also set a new Federation record. In July Craig Hobden of Birnbeck SAC bagged a huge 14lb12oz Bass, this fish made 174% of specimen size. Finally in August, Peter Critchell of Seaswest SAC caught a cracking 41lb8oz Tope, this one went 148% of specimen size.

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From the boats, Dave Rugman of Bristol Channel Charter Boats kicked off the summer season award in June with a 5lb5oz Coalfish! this one made 236% of specimen size, and also set a new Federation record, beating the previous record of 2lb4oz set by A.Muscroft way back in 1982! In July Andrew Paul also from Bristol Channel Charter Boats landed a cracking 134lb Blue Shark, this one went 216% specimen size, well done Andrew. Finally in August, Andy Bickle boated a fine 4lb4oz Black Bream (178% specimen size), well done Andy!

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So, the winners of the summer fish of the season are…….

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August 2018 – Specimen Claims




The August shore fish is this stunning Tope caught by Peter Critchell of Seaswest SAC, this 41lb8oz fish taken from a Combe Martin shore mark was 148% of specimen size, and beat Keith Warrens 3lb1oz Sole (144% specimen size) and Nick Gales Gilt Head Bream which was also 3lb1oz (again 144% specimen size). Well done Peter!


For the boats, Andy Bickle of Tor SAC took a tidy 4lb4oz Black Bream out of Minehead. Well done Andy!

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July 2018 – Specimen Claims


Notes from the Fish Recorder

 Hi there!


                        What some great weather we’ve had and some good fish recorded as well. Hopefully this will continue into the autumn. It’s good to see that the boat anglers among you are being able to get afloat and finding the decent fish.

I’ve heard of several species being caught, which are not usually taken within British waters amongst them being an Axillary Sea Bream. It appears that this might be the only one ever taken within our waters. Unfortunately, not within the Bristol Channel. Although this fish will not win any award from the BCFSA it is great to put it into our database.

If you haven’t already done so contact the secretary and make sure that you advertise next year’s opens run by your club. The handbook will be going into publication at the end of September. It’s a good place to let the angling fraternity know of your competition dates well in advance.

Will update you in a month.

All the best

Keith Reed. Fish Recorder


Congratulations to Craig Hobden of Birnbeck SAC with this huge 14lb12oz Bass from Sandpoint.


And Andrew Paul of Bristol Channel Charter Boats with his stunning 134lb Blue Shark from boat out of Minehead.


June 2018 – Specimen Claims


Notes from the Fish Recorder.

 Hi there!        

At last we are getting some fish to report. It’s been a poor year so far but things are now looking brighter. I know that I am going on a bit about the SEASON’S award but this seems to have caught the imagination of most of you. Below are the Contenders so far, next month we add the best of that month and finally arrive at the overall winner on the final month. Don’t forget that both sections will have a winner both boat and shore. Also remember to send a photo of your fish to the secretary so that you can also claim the bonus prize supplied by our sponsor.

                        Will update you next month

                        Keith Reed, Fish Recorder.


Congratulations to Dave Rugman on this fantastic Gold specimen Coalfish of 5lb5oz from a boat out of Minehead. Well done Dave, a worthy Summer Season Boat Award Contender!


And Chris Buxton of Seaswest SAC with a new shore record Smoothound of 19lb2oz, well done Chris!


May 2018 – Specimen Claims & Spring Season Winners


Notes From the Fish Recorder

 Hi there!

At last, after a couple of months of bad weather, we have had some fish coming in and with them the results of the new Seasons Award’s. You will notice that the end column gives the month in which the fish was caught. Each month in my report I will publish the fish that has been put forward into this award. The first two months will name the contenders and the final month the winner. Already in operation is the Summer Season. Good luck to everybody.

Will update you in a month.

            Keith Reed, fish Recorder.



Congratulations to our first ever Fish of the Season boat winner, Michael Webber Griffiths of Bristol Channel Charter Boats with a cracking 50lb8oz Tope from the boat out of Minehead.



And Jason Atkins of Reef Raiders SAC with a 20lb Blonde Ray from the shore, what a beauty!


Your embroidered badges and VMO prizes are on the way to you chaps, well done!