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Large Blonde

Observed: 1st November 2007 By: nightflynightfly is knowledgeable about Fishnightfly’s earned reputation in Fishnightfly’s earned reputation in Fishnightfly’s earned reputation in Fish
blonde ray 009 (2)
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Jonathan's picture

Bravo for throwing it back!

Bravo for throwing it back!

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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Hi Jonathan, It seems charter

Hi Jonathan,

It seems charter boat skippers are becoming increasingly conservation minded and will often return even potential record fish despite the fact that the body of the fish is required to be verified by the specimen committee. Its refreshing to see skippers and anglers more interested in the survival of the fish that the acclaim of holding a record for a heaviest line caught species. The skipper I was out with that day encourages the release of even valuable fish such as turbot which could get a very good price. He frowns upon unecessary taking of fish. I dont think many people would take pleasure in killing such a fish nowadays, a few mackerel, haddock or cod are much better table fish for those (myself included) who like to eat fish.
Thanks for comment.

Cathal.

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Great to hear that. Thanks.

Great to hear that. Thanks.

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

Peadar na Breac's picture

When I saw this I ...

regretted not going with you yesterday Cathal, until I saw the date of capture!!That's your specimen is it?
Peter

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Yeah Peter that was just over

Yeah Peter that was just over the Irish specimen weight (25lb), not sure of the British specimen weight but it is possibly the same. Just noticed there now checking the specimen weight, the Irish record was 10lb heavier than this one, caught in 2004 off Cobh.

Cathal.

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