The Committee exists to recognise and publish record weights of both fresh
and salt water fish caught on rod and line by fair angling methods in
the waters of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel
Islands, and aims:
- To provide an adjudicating body to which marine and freshwater anglers
may submit claims for record fish taken by fair rod and line angling.
- To investigate all such record claims to the fullest possible extent
and maintain a permanent record of such investigations.
- To establish and maintain accurately a list of British fish, marine
and freshwater, of record size and to publish this list frequently and
make it readily available to all interested persons.
The activities of the Committee are voluntary, and claims are considered
and adjudicated upon, only on the basis that the Committee shall be under
no obligation whatsoever to claimants, that its decisions shall be final,
and it shall not be obliged to give reasons for its decisions.
Issued by the BRITISH RECORD (rod-caught) FISH COMMITTEE,
51A, Queen Street, Newton abbot, Devon, TQ12 2Ql (01626 331330).
Copyright: BRITISH RECORD (rod-caught) FISH COMMITTEE
1. (a) The claimant should contact the Committee Secretary by telephone.
(b) Advice will then be given concerning preservation, identification
and claims procedure.
2. Claims must be confirmed promptly in writing to the Secretary stating:
(a) the species of fish, the weight and if a game fish whether a natural
or cultivated fish or in the case of the Rainbow Trout whether a cultivated,
resident or wild fish,
(b) the date and place of capture, the tackle used, and in the case of
sea fish whether shore or boat caught .
(c) the names and addresses of witnesses, preferably two, both as to the
capture by the claimant and the weight, who will be required to sign the
forms supporting the claim. (If no witnesses to the capture are available,
the claimant must verify his claim by affidavit).
(d) photographs of the fish must be made available which should be good
quality and preferably in colour. They should include shots of the angler,
holding the fish in a normal manner, or in the case of a very large fish,
standing alongside it, and also the fish lying on the ground on or next
to, an identifiable object.
3. No claim will be accepted unless the Committee is satisfied as to species,
method of capture and weight. The Committee reserves the right to reject
any claim if not satisfied on any matter which the Committee may think
in the particular circumstances to be material. The Committee requires
a high degree of proof in order to safeguard the integrity of the list.
As a high degree of proof is required rejection of a claim imports no
reflection on the bona fides of the claimant. All costs of submitting
a claim must be met by the claimant.
Chairman: Mr. R.W. Page Secretary: Mr. D. Rowe Scientific Adviser: Mr.
METHODS OF CAPTURE
(a) Fish caught at sea will be eligible for consideration as a record
if the boat used has set out from a port in England, Wales, Scotland,
Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands and returns to
a port in the United Kingdom without having called at any port outside
the United Kingdom.
Fish caught in the territorial waters of other countries will not be eligible.
(b) Claims can only be accepted in respect of fish which are caught by
fair angling with rod and line. Fair angling is defined by the fish taking
the baited hook or lure into its mouth, and must be in accord with the
rules of the respective angling discipline Coarse, Game or Sea.
(c) Shore fishing shall mean fishing from any land mass or fixed man-made
structure. In cases of doubt the Committee will classify a claim on the
(d) Fish must be caught on rod and line with any legal hook or lure and
hooked and played by one person only. Assistance to land the fish (i.e.
gaffing, netting) is permitted provided the helper does no touch any part
of the tackle other than the leader.
(a) The fish must be weighed on land using scales or steel yards which
can be tested on behalf of the Committee. Where possible commercial or
trade scales which are checked regularly by the Weights and Measures Department
should be used. The sensitivity of the scales should be appropriate to
the size of the fish, i.e. small fish should be weighed on finely graduated
scales and the weight claimed for the fish should be to a division of
weight (ounce, dram, gramme) not less than the smallest division shown
on the scales
(b) A Weights and Measures Certificate must be produced certifying the
accuracy of the scales used and indicating testing at the claimed weight.
(c) In the case of species weighing less than one pound the claimed weight
must be submitted in grammes.
(d) The weight must be verified by two independent witnesses who, for
example, should not be relations of the claimant .
6. IDENTIFICATION OF SPECIES.
(a)The Committee is required from time to time to consider claims
for fish of species which cannot be determined to its satisfaction without
inspection. For this reason and others, claimants are strongly advised
not to liberate or otherwise dispose of a fish for which it is intended
to enter a claim until an inspection of the body, dead or alive, has been
made by a representative of the committee and permission given for disposal.
(b) While claimants should recognise that failure to produce the fish
for inspection may prove prejudicial to the acceptance of a claim, the
Committee does not bind itself to reject a claim solely because inspection
has not been made.
(c) All carriage costs incurred in production of the fish for inspection
by the committee must be borne by the claimant.
7. Claims can be made for species not included in the Committee Record
8. The Committee will issue at regular intervals its list of British Record
9. No fish caught out of season shall be accepted as a new record.
10. A fish for which a record is claimed must be normal and not obviously
suffering from any disease by which the weight could be enhanced.
11. All species of freshwater fish listed in the 1995-1996 Record List
are regarded as native or as established aliens and a Section 30 Consent(under
the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975) will not normally be required,
unless the established alien specie has not previously been caught in
the water of capture.
In the case of a specie which is an established alien not known to have
been caught in the water of capture before or is a specie for which no
previous record has been awarded, the Committee reserves the right to
request the production of a Section 30 Consent and a MAFF Consent to introduce
a non-native species of fish (under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981).
The possibility of freshwater fish close to, or above the British
Record Weight being imported into the UK and claimed as a British Record
has been considered by the Committee which is of the mind that such claims
should not be considered.
The following are rare or threatened species in Great Britain and are
protected under the provisions of the Wildlife and Countryside Act(1981)
and later Orders. This protection results in it being an offence to capture
any of these fishes intentionally. Anglers who believe that they may have
captured a specimen of any of these species are advised to unhook and
release the fish unharmed as soon as possible after capture.
Allis shad Alosa alosa
Burbot Lota lota
Schelly, powan or gwyniad Coregonus lavaretus
Sturgeon Acipenser sturio
Vendace Coregonus albula
No claims for records for these species will be entertained by the BRFC.
(The entries for Allis shad and Schelly in the List of Records are given
as historical records only).
IF YOU CATCH A RECORD FISH
If an angler catches a potential British record fish he/she should make
the claim in the first instance to the BRFC Secretariat at 51A Queen Street,
Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 2Q]. (Tel/24 hour answer phone 01626331330;
fax also). The Secretariat will advise accordingly and, where appropriate,
forward to the claimant or his/her agent, the necessary claim forms. Once
completed the forms should be returned to the Secretariat who will forward
them to the respective discipline for their consideration and endorsement.
The claim will then be brought to the next BRFC meeting which takes place
as and when necessary but normally in April and October. The representatives
of the disciplines are as follows:- STA; NFA/NASA; NFSA.
Medium sized fish can be preserved for considerable periods by refrigeration
(deep freeze), or immersion in formalin. If a fish is to be sent by post
or rail it is best immersed in a solution of one tablespoon of formalin
(40% solution of formaldehyde) to a pint of water. For despatch, the fish
should be wrapped in a cloth wrung out in the solution, placed in a plastic
bag sealed as far as possible, and wrapped in stout brown paper; please
enclose the name and address of the sender and whether the fish should
be returned - if so the postage. The fish should be weighed before being
placed in preserving liquids.
WORLD RECORD FISH
World record marine and freshwater fishes are the concern of the International
Game Fish Association, 300 Gull Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida, 33004-9968,
USA Tel: (954) 927 2628.
World record claims for sharks should be made through the Shark Angling
Club of Great Britain, Looe, Cornwall. Shark records on the British List
are for the heaviest fish of each species, irrespective of the strength
of line used; for records of sharks caught on different breaking strains
of line please refer to the Shark Angling Club of Great Britain.
EUROPEAN SEA FISH
The address of the Hon. Fish Recorder of the European Federation of Sea
Anglers is 27, Beaver Close, Horsham, West Sussex, RH 12 4GB.
IRISH. SCOTTISH AND WELSH RECORDS
The British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee has in membership both
the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers and the Welsh Federation of Sea
Anglers. Scottish and Welsh sea records which are also British records
are submitted either direct to the BRFC or by the respective organisation
to which the initial claim is made.
The British Record (rod-caught) Fish Committee has in membership both
the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers and the Welsh Record (rod-caught)fish
Committee. Scottish and Welsh records which are also British records are
submitted by the respective organisation to which the initial claim is
Please Note: The Record List is the copyright of the B.R.F.C., and that
the NFSA acts as their Secretariat and therefore all enquiries etc should
be made to B.R.F.C. - c/o NFSA Head Office - 51a, Queen Street, Newton
Abbot, Devon. TQ12 2Q]. Tel: (01626) 331330.