Irish Fishing Records.Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse. H.M.S. Stillorgan, a 90 gun ship of the line, sank at the base of the rocks on the right

Below is a listing of the current, (2002), Irish Records. You can see just how many Irish records were set in Kinsale! Also, 2002 saw the setting of 5 Irish records.

Note that there is no differentiation between sea and shore caught specimens.  The Irish Specimen Fish Committee for 2000 received 559 claims, ratifying 508 which included 5 records. Unfortunately, 51 were rejected for noncompliance with the rules - so be careful that you fill out your paperwork correctly and completely, get the skipper's signature and make sure the weighing scale in of the proper type, is "in-date", and that the weighing is done ashore and is witnessed.

Note that from 2003, the amended "Fair Angling" rules come into affect. The changes - specifically rule #2 - relate to big game fish such as bluefin tuna.

Finally, for those anglers whose claims were accepted for the year 2002, the Annual Presentation of Awards will be held on Saturday, 01-March 2003, at 2:30pm at the Doyle Burlington Hotel, Sussex Road, Dublin. For more information, please phone Dublin 01-8379206.

Species
 
 
Irish Record Date Location
County
Specimen Size
lbs-ozs
Angler Fish
42.985kg 03-Nov-85 Belfast Lough  
40-00
Bass
17-13 21-Oct-00 Doughmore Strand
Clare
10-00
Black Sole
6.32 lb 28-Dec-86 Ballycotton
Cork
2-00
Bluemouth 2.4lb 26-Jun-02 Caherciveen Kerry
1.98
Brill
9-08-00 08-Sep-84 Causeway
Antrim
5-00
Coalfish
31.45 lb 18-Aug-02 Leap
Cork
15-00
Cod
42-00-00 ??-1921 Ballycotton
Cork
20-00
Conger
72-00-00 01-Jun-14 Valentia
Kerry
40-00
Dab
2lb-5.5oz 2-Oct-02 Cork Harbour
Cork
1-08
Dogfish, Spur
21.25lb 10-Aug-02 Dun Laoighre
Dublin
12-00
Dogfish, Greater Sptd.
23-12-00 29-May-82 Valentia
Kerry
3-08
Dogfish, Lesser Sptd.
36620 26-Jul-82 Valentia
Kerry
16-00
Flounder
4.91 lb 21-Aug-79 Ballyteigue
Wexford
3-00
Garfish (Belone Bellone)
3-10-04 16-Sep-67 Kinsale
Cork
2-04
Garfish (Belone Svetovidovi)
1.11 lb 05-Aug-94 Courtmacsherry
Cork
0-14
Gurnard, Tub
12-03-08 08-Aug-73 Achill  
5-00
Gurnard, Grey
3-01-00 21-Sep-67 Rosslare
Wexford
1-08
Gurnard, Red
3-09-08 17-Jul-68 Belmullet  
2-00
Haddock
10-13-08 15-Jul-64 Kinsale
Cork
7-00
Hake
25-05-08 28-Apr-62 Belfast Lough  
10-00
Halibut
156-00-00 23-Jul-72 Belmullet  
50-00
Herring
0.425 kg 11-Jul-86 Rathlin Island  
0-12
John Dory
7-08-00 12-Aug-84 Kilala Bay  
4-00
Ling
48lb-8oz 29-May-00 Courtmacsherry
Cork
25-00
Mackerel
4-02-00 18-Sep-79 Ballycotton
Cork
2-08
Megrim
1.85kg 26-Jul-87 Kilala Bay  
1-12
Monkfish
73-00-00 01-Jun-80 Fenit
Kerry
50-00
Mullet, Grey(Thick Lip)
9.10 lb 08-Jun-72 Killybegs Pier  
5-00
Mullet, Red
n/a nil nil  
1-00
Plaice
8.23 23-Jan-82 Ballycotton Pier
Cork
4-00
Pollack
19-03-00 ?-1904 Ballycotton
Cork
12-00
Pouting
4-13-08 02-Apr-83 Kilmore Quay  
3-00
Ray, Thornback
37-00-00 28-May-61 Kinsale,(Ling)
Cork
20-00
Ray, Blonde
36-08-00 09-Sep-64 Cork Harbour
Cork
25-00
Ray, Cuckoo
5-11-00 03-Aug-75 Causeway
Antrim
4-08
Ray, Electric
40kg 24-Aug-02 Crosshaven,
Cork
20-00
Ray, Homelyn (Spotted)
8.28 lb 28-Sep-83 Cork Harbour,
Cork
5-00
Ray, Undulate
18-00-00 11-Jun-77 Fenit, Kerry
Kerry
14-00
Ray, Painted
17.21 lb 29-Aug-94 Garryvoe,
Cork
10-00
Ray, Sting
64-00-00 06-Jun-93 Tralee
Kerry
30-00
Ray's Bream
6-04-04 26-Aug-78 Valentia
Kerry
5-00
Red Sea Bream
9-06-00 24-Aug-63 Valentia
Kerry
4-08
Rockling, Three Bearded
3-01-00 11-May-90 Dunmore East
Waterford
1-12
Scad
1.97 lb 06-Sep-86 Clonakilty
Cork
1-08
Shad, Allis
n/a nil nil
nil
4-00
Shad, Twaite
2.87 lb 05-May-85 St.Mullins  
2-02
Shark, Blue
206-00-00 07-Oct-59 Achill  
100-00
Shark, Mako
n/a nil nil
nil
200-00
Shark, Porbeagle
365-00-00 ?-1932 Achill  
150-00
Shark, Six Gilled
154-00-00 28-Aug-68 Kinsale
Cork
100-00
Shark, Smoothhound 16.58lb
25-Sep-00
Carne Wexford
7-00
Shark, Thresher
n/a nil nil
nil
120-00
Skate, Common
221-00-00 ?-1913 Ballycotton
Cork
Protected
Skate, White
165-00-00 07-Aug-66 Clew Bay  
120-00
Skate, Long Nose
n/a nil nil
nil
80-00
Smooth Hound
13-12-00 27-Jun-91 Five Mile Point  
7-00
Stone Basse
10-13-00 02-Aug-89 Kinsale
Cork
8-00
Tope
66-08-00 15-Jul-79 Carlingford Lough  
40-00
Torsk
10-11-00 17-Sep-95 Port-na-Blagh  
6-00
Trigger Fish
4.83 lb 30-Sep-95 BallyDavid
Kerry
3-04
Blue Fin Tuna /Tunny(Giant>350lb) 968 lb!!!
05-Oct-01
Donegal Bay
Donegal
100-00
Turbot
34-00-00 09-Jun-82 Cork Harbour
Cork
18-00
Whiting
4-14-08 19-Mar-81 Kenmare Bay
Kerry
3-00
Wrasse, Ballan
4.3 kg 20-Aug-83 Clougher Head  
4-12
Wrasse, Cuckoo
2.01 lb 09-Aug-92 Carnsore Point
Wexford
1-04

We would like to thank the Irish Specimen Fish Committee, an independant voluntary body, for the use of its data in the preparation of the table above. You can send a donation to the IFSC at the following address:-

Balnagowan House,
Modbhi Boreen,
Modbhi Road,
Glasnevin,
Dublin 9.

Thank You.

 

 

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