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Reeling in the records

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:54pm

Bait, set and match! There must be something in the water as four new records have been broken for the biggest fish during 2018 with two of the fish caught in Cork. 

New records were set for four marine species - golden grey mullet, thin lipped mullet, black bream and tope.

Noel Lane from Mayfield caught a thin lipped mullet weighing 2.95kg from Cork Harbour on 15 July.

A golden grey mullet of 1.52kg was also caught in Cork Harbour by Carrigaline's Stephen O’Neill on 15 August.

A black sea bream of 1.45kg was caught by Welsh angler Gordon Thornes at Kilmore Quay on 17 September.

Angler Stephen Hanway from Dublin caught the tope weighing 34.02 kg at Greystones on 3 October.

Details of these record fish are in the Irish Specimen Fish Committee Report 2018, which has just been released.

The Irish Specimen Fish Committee, which is supported by Inland Fisheries Ireland, is an independent all-Ireland voluntary body which verifies and records the capture of large fish caught on rod by anglers in freshwater and marine waters.

As well as the new record, detailed information on 393 specimen fish (large fish) taken by anglers from venues throughout Ireland in 2018, comprising many different species, is detailed in the report.

The main species were smaller shark species like smooth hound and spurdog and, in freshwater, carp and pike dominated. All fish were caught, weighed, measured and released.

The Irish Specimen Fish Committee report is available irish-trophy-fish.com and fisheriesireland.ie.

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