YOU CATCH A RECORD FISH
1. The Claimant should contact the Secretary. Telephone: 0844 7700616 Fax: 01159
819039 or by post to BRFC, Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster,
Herefordshire, HR6 8DQ.
2. Advice will then be given on identification, the claims procedure and if
appropriate preservation. If the office is closed a message should be left on
3. The Secretariat will record the date and place of capture, the species of
fish and if a game fish whether natural or cultivated or in the case of a
Rainbow Trout whether a cultivated, resident or wild fish. The weight and
details of the scales used to weigh the fish and request that a clear coloured
photograph be forwarded so that identification can be confirmed,
The claimant will be advised to keep the fish if available pending
identification. Medium sized fish can be preserved for considerable periods by
refrigeration (deep freeze), If a fish is to be sent by post it should be
wrapped in a cloth, placed in a sealed plastic bag, and wrapped in stout brown
paper or jiffy bag. The name and address of the sender, and whether the fish
should be returned - if so the postage should be enclosed. The fish should be
weighed before freezing.
4. Claims must be confirmed in writing to the Secretary stating the date and
place of capture, the species of fish and if a game fish whether a natural or
cultivated or in the case of a Rainbow Trout whether a cultivated, resident or
wild fish. The weight and details of the scales used to weigh the fish and a
clear coloured photograph be forwarded so that identification can be confirmed.
5. Once the photograph has been received, and its identity established, the
claimant will be informed and issued with the claim forms, he/she will then have
56 days to complete the forms and provide the necessary evidence for the claims.
6. Once the completed forms have been returned, the Secretary will acknowledge
them, make copies and forward by post to the Members of the Record Committee for
their consideration and if acceptable their endorsement of a new record.
7. Once the Committee have agreed the claim, the clamant will be issued with
confirmation of the Record in the form of a letter.
8. All claims will then be brought to the next BRFC meeting, which takes place
annually, normally in October of each year to officially ratify the claims and
to conduct all the business of the BRFC.
9. A Certificate to commemorate the record will then be printed and circulated
to the claimant.
10. Press Releases informing of the new accepted claims will be issued by the
secretariat bi-monthly or as and when necessary.
11. A current list of the records will be lodged on the NFSA Web-site, and a
Booklet printed as and when agreed by the Committee.
12. The representatives of the disciplines are as follows:- STA; NFA/SAA; NFSA
and a representative of the Environment Agency
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, RH12 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.
Claims for fish caught in Northern Ireland are dealt with by the British Record
(rod-caught) Fish Committee, but claims for fish caught in Eire should be made
to the Secretary, Mr. K. Lennane, Irish Specimen Fish Committee, Balnagowan
House, Mobhi Boreen, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. (Tel: 01 8379206)
For more information visit
Angling Trust Website