Irish Specimen Fish Committee Annual Report

Greetings everyone,
Just a quick note to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.  There is a lot happening including the launch of the Irish Specimen Fish report 2006.  I enclose a copy of the press release from the secretary of Irish Specimen Fish Committee, Dr Willie Roche below.  I enclose a PDF copy of the report and a photograph of the great front cover.
 Press release                                                                                 
From Irish Specimen Fish Committee

New Record Fish and lots of big fish taken by anglers in 2006

Irish Specimen Fish Committee (ISFC) report 2006 issued on Christmas Eve

New Records and lots of big specimen fish were recorded in 2006 – that’s the message from the ISFC report just issued today.


The annual report for 2006 – possibly the only report for the year issued within the year – details the four new Irish record fish taken in 2006 and all of the information about large fish taken in Ireland by anglers this year. A total of 449 specimen fish were claimed for the year.
The new Irish Records are:

 Tony Tait, 18 Ashley Park Crescent, York, North Yorkshire, YO3 1HH, England with his new Irish Record Gilthead Bream of 1.680 kg taken in Cork Harbour on 14 August 2006
Noel Lane, 65 Silverheights Avenue, Mayfield, Cork with his new Irish Record
Golden Grey Mullet of 1.191 kg taken in Cork Harbour on 24 June 2006

Jan de Bakglaar, Van Lanschotstraat 61, 4885 JE Achtmaal, the Netherlands with
the new Irish Record Torsk of 4.858 kg taken out of Downings on 26 June 2006
Bob Moss, Ballydavid, Co. Kerry with the new Irish Record Trigger Fish
of 2.54 kg taken off Slea Head, Co. Kerry on 7 August 2006
Other news on the specimen fish front:


The ISFC is going to use genetic fingerprinting to identify species like roach, rudd and their hybrids in 2007.


This means that fish scales will be used to identify these fish which are difficult to distinguish from each other – the study is being conducted in conjunction with the Zoology Department in UCD


New Awards – Dr. Michael Kennedy, the pioneering fisheries biologist and one of the founders of the ISFC, has a lifelong research interest in mullet species. This new award, the Kennedy Award, is for the best specimen mullet of the year.


Funded by Failte Ireland the BEST INTERNATIONAL SPECIMEN FISH AWARD is for the best specimen fish taken by an overseas angler.

The report will be available on the ISFC website shortly <>  
Hard copies will be available from Central Fisheries Board offices in Swords, Dublin in early 2007
For further information contact Dr. Willie Roche, ISFC Sec 087-6620479
I hope to report on the first Salmon of the new year on the 2nd or 3rd of January 2007 and many other fishy stories in 2007.
Finally please access our website for the new Salmon regulations of 2007 at
Tight lines especially in Ireland in 2007
Paul Bourke
Angling Information Officer,