Results of the Angling Trust’s Sea Angling Specimen Award Scheme have now been published and there were some fabulous fish caught and entered into 2014 programme.  The scheme offers anglers the opportunity to enter their exceptional and memorable catch from all waters in the UK and receive a certificate and medal recognising their special achievement.

With 808 entries from 34 clubs in 2014, participation is on the up and the Angling Trust is encouraging anglers to get involved.

90 Gold awards were issued in 2014 and notable catches included Malcolm Lemoinger’s 4lb 7oz Flounder, Ross Staplehurst’s 18lb Spurdog, John Racket landed a 15lb 14oz Bass from the boat, all caught in Dorset, Hants and Isle of Wight. In South Devon Doug Mosedale landed a huge 98lb 3oz Conger Eel and Gary Mitchell landed a 25lb cod from the shore while Paul Burnett caught a 7lb 5oz Grey Mullet. A full list of entries and awards is available on the website.

Eric Gerrey, scheme administrator said;
“It’s great to see entries increasing year on year and even better to see the quality of fish that are being caught from our waters. In 2015 we are working to attract a sponsor to enhance the scheme further and our vision is to provide prizes for the ‘best monthly fish’. I’d encourage anyone interested to visit the website and get involved.”

The scheme is open to all Angling Trust individual members or members of clubs or associations affiliated to the Angling Trust.

Awards are categorised into Gold, Silver, Bronze and the colour of the medal awarded is determined by the size of the species landed. To find out what constitutes a specimen fish in your area, how to submit an entry and the boundary maps for your areas, please visit the website

Picture:Chris Clark, 14lb 15oz Ray, caught at Barton in Dec 14, a Lymington Club record