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!

Award Winners 2018

A huge well done to all the winners and specimen catchers below!

Regrettably there will be no formal presentation of awards this year, apologies to anyone that may have been planning to come.

Numbers have dwindled over the years and although there is competition to win,  recognition of fish etc. the cups and trophies are not all being collected.

We are introducing a new system whereby all winners will receive a bespoke cloth badge and a special certificate to acknowledge and record their ‘special , catch. These will be sent out to the clubs.

So, how did the clubs fare?

Wow! once again, a huge well done to all of the anglers above, and a huge well done to our fish recorder Keith Reed, for a fantastic job once again.

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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Reginald “Reg” Stevens

It is with sorrow that we have heard of the passing away of one of our Vice presidents, Reg Stevens. A stalwart of the BCFSA in the early seventies and eighties, a valued committee member and treasurer for many a year.

A keen boat angler who fished many of the charter boat competitions.

A delegate representing Brunel SAC, in fact, one of the founder members of that club. He gave that club its name, as he was a tutor at Brunel College. It was whilst he was there he designed and had made by the apprentices the “Isambard” trophy which is now a major boat award competed for annually by the BCFSA.

We send our condolences to his family with fond memories of our fishing times together.

Funeral to be held at Alveston Methodist Church, Greenhill Rd, Alveston, Bristol BS35 3RA on Friday 4th January 2019 at 11:30am. Contact Geoff Beaven on 07798-948154 for more details.

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!


BCFSA Interclub Charter Boat Contest 2018 – October Match & Final Results

October Match
After a flat calm Saturday the forecast for the last competition was not good, but fishable. That proved to be the case, a northwest force 4+ plagued us all day.
With 4 teams really close together on the table, a good result could win it, and a bad one lose it!
The draw took place at 10:30am and the boats were away by 11.
It was a slow wet trip, into the wind down to Porlock bay. There the sea was a bit better, but fishing was difficult all day with a yawing boat.
Nevertheless it was not long before fish were coming in!
Bonus fish for the day were Smoothound, 3 were taken on Osprey by Dave, John and Craig. 7 were taken on Teddie Boy by Mark, Nathan and Rick, with double shots by Steve and Pete.
Heaviest fish on Osprey was a 25lb Conger by Nigel Lloyd, and on Teddie Boy it was a 19lb8oz Conger for Damian.
Most species on Osprey was a tie between Craig Willis and Terry Giles with 7. On Teddie Boy Steve Lodge managed a credible 9. Osprey finished with 11 species, Teddie Boy 14.
Highest individual points on Teddie Boy was Steve Lodge with 730, and on Osprey it was a tie between John May and Craig Willis with 502 points.
Top teams on the day were WSM A with 16 points, WSM B with 13 points, and Charter Boat A with 10 points.



That concludes this years Charter Boat Contest, and here are the results:

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