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January

 

First Place             Alun Jones           Bass                     15lb 14oz           167% Specimen

Second Place        Bobi Francis         Flounder                2lb 15oz           117% Specimen

Third Place            Dave Evans           Flounder                 2lb 11oz          107% Specimen

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January

 

First Place             Alun Jones           Bass                     15lb 14oz           167% Specimen        

Second Place        Bobi Francis         Flounder                2lb 15oz           117% Specimen

Third Place            Dave Evans           Flounder                 2lb 11oz          107% Specimen

 

February

 

First Place             Yan Tryska           Bull Huss                     11lb 12oz         98% Specimen

Second Place        Colin Francis       Ray - Blonde                22lb 5oz           97% Specimen

Third Place            Mal Thomas         Ray - Thornback         11lb 2oz          86% Specimen

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January

 

First Place             Alun Jones           Bass                     15lb 14oz           167% Specimen        

Second Place        Bobi Francis         Flounder                2lb 15oz           117% Specimen

Third Place            Dave Evans           Flounder                 2lb 11oz          107% Specimen

 

February

 

First Place             Yan Tryska           Bull Huss                     11lb 12oz         98% Specimen

Second Place        Colin Francis       Ray - Blonde                22lb 5oz           97% Specimen

Third Place            Mal Thomas         Ray - Thornback         11lb 2oz          86% Specimen

 

March

 

First Place              Charlie Chapman       Spurdog               20lb 8oz           128% Specimen   

Second Place        Mick Pike                     Spurdog               19lb 4oz           120% Specimen   

Third Place            Mick Pike                     Spurdog                18lb 0oz           113% Specimen    

 

 

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£25 Voucher awarded for Fish of the Month, members can only win a voucher once a year then awarded on count back in the month.

 

January

 

First Place             Alun Jones           Bass                     15lb 14oz           167% Specimen          £25 Voucher

Second Place        Bobi Francis         Flounder                2lb 15oz           117% Specimen

Third Place            Dave Evans           Flounder                 2lb 11oz          107% Specimen

 

February

 

First Place             Yan Tryska           Bull Huss                     11lb 12oz         98% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Colin Francis       Ray - Blonde                22lb 5oz           97% Specimen

Third Place            Mal Thomas         Ray - Thornback         11lb 2oz          86% Specimen

 

March

 

First Place              Charlie Chapman       Spurdog               20lb 8oz           128% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Mick Pike                     Spurdog               19lb 4oz           120% Specimen   

Third Place            Mick Pike                     Spurdog                18lb 0oz           113% Specimen    

 

April

 

First Place              Alun Jones                  Ballan Wrasse              4lb 6oz             88% Specimen   

Second Place        Dave Lynes                  Black Bream                 2lb 15oz           84% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Third Place            Andy Hook                   Black Bream                 2lb 8oz             71% Specimen    

 

May

 

First Place              Steve Loftus                 Sting Ray                     40lb 0oz            133% Specimen    £25 Voucher

Second Place        Terry Bartell                   Brill                               6lb 9oz             131% Specimen     

Third Place            Mike Hall                        Black Bream                3lb 8oz             100% Specimen    

                            Allan Green                    Black Bream                3lb 8oz            100% Specimen    

 

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£25 Voucher awarded for Fish of the Month, members can only win a voucher once a year then awarded on count back in the month.

 

January

 

First Place             Alun Jones           Bass                     15lb 14oz           167% Specimen          £25 Voucher

Second Place        Bobi Francis         Flounder                2lb 15oz           117% Specimen

Third Place            Dave Evans           Flounder                 2lb 11oz          107% Specimen

 

February

 

First Place             Yan Tryska           Bull Huss                     11lb 12oz         98% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Colin Francis       Ray - Blonde                22lb 5oz           97% Specimen

Third Place            Mal Thomas         Ray - Thornback         11lb 2oz          86% Specimen

 

March

 

First Place              Charlie Chapman       Spurdog               20lb 8oz           128% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Mick Pike                     Spurdog               19lb 4oz           120% Specimen   

Third Place            Mick Pike                     Spurdog                18lb 0oz           113% Specimen    

 

April

 

First Place              Alun Jones                  Ballan Wrasse              4lb 6oz             88% Specimen   

Second Place        Dave Lynes                  Black Bream                 2lb 15oz           84% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Third Place            Andy Hook                   Black Bream                 2lb 8oz             71% Specimen    

 

May

 

First Place              Steve Loftus                 Sting Ray                     40lb 0oz            133% Specimen    £25 Voucher

Second Place        Terry Bartell                   Brill                               6lb 9oz             131% Specimen     

Third Place            Mike Hall                        Black Bream                3lb 8oz             100% Specimen    

                            Allan Green                    Black Bream                3lb 8oz            100% Specimen    

 

June

 

First Place              Mick Pike                    Undulate Ray                  15lb 6oz              96% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Alun Jones                  Bass                                   8lb 2oz              86% Specimen   

Third Place            Jerry Shutter               Grey Gurnard                         15oz              54% Specimen    

 

 

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£25 Voucher awarded for Fish of the Month, members can only win a voucher once a year then awarded on count back in the month.

 

January

 

First Place             Alun Jones           Bass                     15lb 14oz           167% Specimen          £25 Voucher

Second Place        Bobi Francis         Flounder                2lb 15oz           117% Specimen

Third Place            Dave Evans           Flounder                 2lb 11oz          107% Specimen

 

February

 

First Place             Yan Tryska           Bull Huss                     11lb 12oz         98% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Colin Francis       Ray - Blonde                22lb 5oz           97% Specimen

Third Place            Mal Thomas         Ray - Thornback         11lb 2oz          86% Specimen

 

March

 

First Place              Charlie Chapman       Spurdog               20lb 8oz           128% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Mick Pike                     Spurdog               19lb 4oz           120% Specimen    

Third Place            Mick Pike                     Spurdog                18lb 0oz           113% Specimen    

 

April

 

First Place              Alun Jones                  Ballan Wrasse              4lb 6oz             88% Specimen   

Second Place        Dave Lynes                  Black Bream                 2lb 15oz           84% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Third Place            Andy Hook                   Black Bream                 2lb 8oz             71% Specimen    

 

May

 

First Place              Steve Loftus                 Sting Ray                     40lb 0oz            133% Specimen    £25 Voucher

Second Place        Terry Bartell                   Brill                               6lb 9oz             131% Specimen     

Third Place            Mike Hall                        Black Bream                3lb 8oz             100% Specimen    

                            Allan Green                    Black Bream                3lb 8oz            100% Specimen    

 

June

 

First Place              Mick Pike                    Undulate Ray                  15lb 6oz              96% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Alun Jones                  Bass                                   8lb 2oz              86% Specimen    

Third Place            Jerry Shutter               Grey Gurnard                         15oz              54% Specimen    

 

July

 

First Place             Mal Thomas                Blonde Ray                   26lb 0oz            113%  Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Mike Hall                      Gilthead Bream            2lb 4oz              112% Specimen    

 Third Place           Allan Green                  Thornback Ray             12lb 8oz              96% Specimen 

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£25 Voucher awarded for Fish of the Month, members can only win a voucher once a year then awarded on count back in the month.

 

 January

 

First Place             Alun Jones           Bass                     15lb 14oz           167% Specimen          £25 Voucher

Second Place        Bobi Francis         Flounder                2lb 15oz           117% Specimen

Third Place            Dave Evans           Flounder                 2lb 11oz          107% Specimen

 

February

 

First Place             Yan Tryska           Bull Huss                     11lb 12oz         98% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Colin Francis       Ray - Blonde                22lb 5oz           97% Specimen

Third Place            Mal Thomas         Ray - Thornback         11lb 2oz          86% Specimen

 

March

 

First Place              Charlie Chapman       Spurdog               20lb 8oz           128% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Mick Pike                     Spurdog               19lb 4oz           120% Specimen    

Third Place            Mick Pike                     Spurdog                18lb 0oz           113% Specimen    

 

April

 

First Place              Alun Jones                  Ballan Wrasse              4lb 6oz             88% Specimen   

Second Place        Dave Lynes                  Black Bream                 2lb 15oz           84% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Third Place            Andy Hook                   Black Bream                 2lb 8oz             71% Specimen    

 

May

 

First Place              Steve Loftus                 Sting Ray                     40lb 0oz            133% Specimen    £25 Voucher

Second Place        Terry Bartell                   Brill                               6lb 9oz             131% Specimen     

Third Place            Mike Hall                        Black Bream                3lb 8oz             100% Specimen    

                            Allan Green                    Black Bream                3lb 8oz            100% Specimen    

 

June

 

First Place              Mick Pike                    Undulate Ray                  15lb 6oz              96% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Alun Jones                  Bass                                   8lb 2oz              86% Specimen    

Third Place            Jerry Shutter               Grey Gurnard                         15oz              54% Specimen    

 

July

 

First Place             Mal Thomas                Blonde Ray                   26lb 0oz            113%  Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Mike Hall                      Gilthead Bream            2lb 4oz              112% Specimen    

 Third Place           Allan Green                  Thornback Ray             12lb 8oz              96% Specimen 

 

 

August

 

First Place             Mike Fox               Thick Lipped Mullet                4lb 11oz.    110%  Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Alun Jones            Bass.                                        8lb 12oz.      92% Specimen    

 Third Place           Steve Morris         Gilt head Bream                      1lb 13oz       91%Specimen 

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£25 Voucher awarded for Fish of the Month, members can only win a voucher once a year then awarded on count back in the month.

 

 

 January

 

First Place             Alun Jones           Bass                     15lb 14oz           167% Specimen          £25 Voucher

Second Place        Bobi Francis         Flounder                2lb 15oz           117% Specimen

Third Place            Dave Evans           Flounder                 2lb 11oz          107% Specimen

 

February

 

First Place             Yan Tryska           Bull Huss                     11lb 12oz         98% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Colin Francis       Ray - Blonde                22lb 5oz           97% Specimen

Third Place            Mal Thomas         Ray - Thornback         11lb 2oz          86% Specimen

 

March

 

First Place              Charlie Chapman       Spurdog               20lb 8oz           128% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Mick Pike                     Spurdog               19lb 4oz           120% Specimen    

Third Place            Mick Pike                     Spurdog                18lb 0oz           113% Specimen    

 

April

 

First Place              Alun Jones                  Ballan Wrasse              4lb 6oz             88% Specimen   

Second Place        Dave Lynes                  Black Bream                 2lb 15oz           84% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Third Place            Andy Hook                   Black Bream                 2lb 8oz             71% Specimen    

 

May

 

First Place              Steve Loftus                 Sting Ray                     40lb 0oz            133% Specimen    £25 Voucher

Second Place        Terry Bartell                   Brill                               6lb 9oz             131% Specimen     

Third Place            Mike Hall                        Black Bream                3lb 8oz             100% Specimen    

                            Allan Green                    Black Bream                3lb 8oz            100% Specimen    

 

June

 

First Place              Mick Pike                    Undulate Ray                  15lb 6oz              96% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Alun Jones                  Bass                                   8lb 2oz              86% Specimen    

Third Place            Jerry Shutter               Grey Gurnard                         15oz              54% Specimen    

 

July

 

First Place             Mal Thomas                Blonde Ray                   26lb 0oz            113%  Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Mike Hall                      Gilthead Bream            2lb 4oz              112% Specimen    

 Third Place           Allan Green                  Thornback Ray             12lb 8oz              96% Specimen 

 

 

August

 

First Place             Mike Fox               Thick Lipped Mullet                4lb 11oz.    110%  Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Alun Jones            Bass.                                        8lb 12oz.      92% Specimen    

 Third Place           Steve Morris         Gilt head Bream                      1lb 13oz       91%Specimen 

 

September

 

First Place             Mike Hall                        Black Bream                        3lb 12oz.     107% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Trevor Thomas            Thornback Ray                    13lb 2oz.      101% Specimen    

Third Place            Charlotte Francis         Thornback Ray                    10lb 13oz       83%Specimen 

 

 

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£25 Voucher awarded for Fish of the Month, members can only win a voucher once a year then awarded on count back in the month.

 

 

 January

 

First Place             Alun Jones           Bass                     15lb 14oz           167% Specimen          £25 Voucher

Second Place        Bobi Francis         Flounder                2lb 15oz           117% Specimen

Third Place            Dave Evans           Flounder                 2lb 11oz          107% Specimen

 

February

 

First Place             Yan Tryska           Bull Huss                     11lb 12oz         98% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Colin Francis       Ray - Blonde                22lb 5oz           97% Specimen

Third Place            Mal Thomas         Ray - Thornback         11lb 2oz          86% Specimen

 

March

 

First Place              Charlie Chapman       Spurdog               20lb 8oz           128% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Mick Pike                     Spurdog               19lb 4oz           120% Specimen    

Third Place            Mick Pike                     Spurdog                18lb 0oz           113% Specimen    

 

April

 

First Place              Alun Jones                  Ballan Wrasse              4lb 6oz             88% Specimen   

Second Place        Dave Lynes                  Black Bream                 2lb 15oz           84% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Third Place            Andy Hook                   Black Bream                 2lb 8oz             71% Specimen    

 

May

 

First Place              Steve Loftus                 Sting Ray                     40lb 0oz            133% Specimen    £25 Voucher

Second Place        Terry Bartell                   Brill                               6lb 9oz             131% Specimen     

Third Place            Mike Hall                        Black Bream                3lb 8oz             100% Specimen    

                            Allan Green                    Black Bream                3lb 8oz            100% Specimen    

 

June

 

First Place              Mick Pike                    Undulate Ray                  15lb 6oz              96% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Alun Jones                  Bass                                   8lb 2oz              86% Specimen    

Third Place            Jerry Shutter               Grey Gurnard                         15oz              54% Specimen    

 

July

 

First Place             Mal Thomas                Blonde Ray                   26lb 0oz            113%  Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Mike Hall                      Gilthead Bream            2lb 4oz              112% Specimen    

 Third Place           Allan Green                  Thornback Ray             12lb 8oz              96% Specimen 

 

 

August

 

First Place             Mike Fox               Thick Lipped Mullet                4lb 11oz.    110%  Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Alun Jones            Bass.                                        8lb 12oz.      92% Specimen    

 Third Place           Steve Morris         Gilt head Bream                      1lb 13oz       91%Specimen 

 

September

 

First Place             Mike Hall                        Black Bream                        3lb 12oz.     107% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Trevor Thomas            Thornback Ray                    13lb 2oz.      101% Specimen    

Third Place            Charlotte Francis         Thornback Ray                    10lb 13oz       83%Specimen 

 

October

 

First Place                 Mal Thomas                Bass                                   12lb 0oz            126% Specimen  

Second Place           Yan Tryska                   Bull Huss                           13lb 8oz             112.5% Specimen
Third Place               Allan Green                  Brill                                        4lb 8oz              90% Specimen            
£25 Voucher
      

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£25 Voucher awarded for Fish of the Month, members can only win a voucher once a year then awarded on count back in the month.

 

 January

First Place             Alun Jones           Bass                     15lb 14oz           167% Specimen          £25 Voucher

Second Place        Bobi Francis         Flounder                2lb 15oz           117% Specimen

Third Place            Dave Evans           Flounder                 2lb 11oz          107% Specimen

 

February

First Place             Yan Tryska           Bull Huss                     11lb 12oz         98% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Colin Francis       Ray - Blonde                22lb 5oz           97% Specimen

Third Place            Mal Thomas         Ray - Thornback         11lb 2oz          86% Specimen

 

March

First Place              Charlie Chapman       Spurdog               20lb 8oz           128% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Mick Pike                     Spurdog               19lb 4oz           120% Specimen    

Third Place            Mick Pike                     Spurdog                18lb 0oz           113% Specimen    

 

April

First Place              Alun Jones                  Ballan Wrasse              4lb 6oz             88% Specimen   

Second Place        Dave Lynes                  Black Bream                 2lb 15oz           84% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Third Place            Andy Hook                   Black Bream                 2lb 8oz             71% Specimen    

 

May

First Place              Steve Loftus                 Sting Ray                     40lb 0oz            133% Specimen    £25 Voucher

Second Place        Terry Bartell                   Brill                               6lb 9oz             131% Specimen     

Third Place            Mike Hall                        Black Bream                3lb 8oz             100% Specimen    

                            Allan Green                    Black Bream                3lb 8oz            100% Specimen    

 

June

First Place              Mick Pike                    Undulate Ray                  15lb 6oz              96% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Alun Jones                  Bass                                   8lb 2oz              86% Specimen    

Third Place            Jerry Shutter               Grey Gurnard                         15oz              54% Specimen    

 

July

First Place             Mal Thomas                Blonde Ray                   26lb 0oz            113%  Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Mike Hall                      Gilthead Bream            2lb 4oz              112% Specimen    

 Third Place           Allan Green                  Thornback Ray             12lb 8oz              96% Specimen 

 

 

August

First Place             Mike Fox               Thick Lipped Mullet                4lb 11oz.    110%  Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Alun Jones            Bass.                                        8lb 12oz.      92% Specimen    

 Third Place           Steve Morris         Gilt head Bream                      1lb 13oz       91%Specimen 

 

September

First Place             Mike Hall                        Black Bream                        3lb 12oz.     107% Specimen     £25 Voucher

Second Place        Trevor Thomas            Thornback Ray                    13lb 2oz.      101% Specimen    

Third Place            Charlotte Francis         Thornback Ray                    10lb 13oz       83%Specimen 

 

October

First Place                 Mal Thomas                Bass                                   12lb 0oz            126% Specimen  

Second Place           Yan Tryska                   Bull Huss                           13lb 8oz             112.5% Specimen
Third Place               Allan Green                  Brill                                        4lb 8oz              90% Specimen            
£25 Voucher

November

First Place                 Pete Smith                Bass                                   12lb 8oz            141%  Specimen            £25 Voucher

Second Place           Yan Tryska                Conger Eel                         55lb 0oz             137.5% Specimen
Third Place               Yan Tryska                Blonde Ray                         26lb 0oz              113% Specimen          

December

First Place                Chris Witheford            Small Eyed Ray                17lb 10oz            160% Specimen        £25 Voucher

Second Place           Mike Fox                        Undulate Ray                   15lb 9oz                97% Specimen
Third Place               Colin Whitehead            Bass                                  9lb 1oz                 95% Specimen            


 

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Circulated a press release and had this bac k from Cliff Brown at  Bauermedia

 

Stuart, we’re getting hammered on facebook – no-one believes that is a small-eyed and say it is a blonde ray. We used this in good faith as a press release from PBSBAC and we’re getting the blame!

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Here's the full press release -

RAY BEATS NATIONAL RECORD

 

Club member boats a large small-eyed ray which, when weighed at sea, was heavier than the national record.

 

Chris Witheford, the club's official fish recorder, caught the huge ray on 17th December on a trip out of Poole. The fish was weighed at sea before being released and tipped the scales at 17lb 10oz.

 

Ther ray was photographed in the hands of Oli Drew, a good friend of Chris's It was identified by the team of Dr. Peter Henderson, author of 'Identification Guide to the Inshore Fish of the British Isles'

 

 

Stuart Cooper

Press Officer

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Hi Stuie,

I've compared the pictures of Chris's fish with online guides and Peter Henderson's "Identification Guide", both at the time and today, and have a few observations that might assist. As you know, I studied and worked as a marine biologist for a time, though didn't specialise in rays and skates.

 

- A fish's scientific identification is based on it's structure, not necessarily it's skin patterns or colour. which can vary with age and size;

- Chris is a highly experienced angler, who has probably caught hundreds of blonde ray and quickly realised the fish was NOT a blonde ray, as it's patterns and colour might have initially suggested to most observers;

- He took clear, detailed pictures and submitted them for identification from a reputable team of marine biologists, before returning the fish alive;

- Based upon pictorial evidence alone, the marine biologists were "pretty sure" that it was a small-eyed ray (regretfully the short Press Release made this sound definitive);

- For absolute proof, marine biologists would need the body, as would the British Rod Caught Records Committee, but Chris returned the fish alive.

- The criteria to specifically identify a small-eyed ray look at the body structure of the fish and include ratio of eye spacing to eye-to-spiracle gap being at least double (passed), thorns extending from the tail half-way up the body (passed), white line on wing margin (passed), wing margin angle of around 90° (passed), short tail length relative to body length (passed);

- The marine biologists also clarified that the "typical" white bands being missing are within the normal range of variation for this species.

- Based on the burden of proof normally accepted by the Club, this identification is as good as we can expect without killing the fish.

 

I guess there's two clear ways of moving forward with the media, either drop it and move on, or re-releasing the press release with clarification of how the identification was arrived at.

 

Mike

PS I think it was a fabulous fish, and commend Chris for returning it, and the diligent approach he followed.

PPS Even if it beat me into second place in Fish of the Month for December

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Blimey I didn’t expect all this for a ray, looking like Trump may need to step in and sort it out!!!

I had slight doubt about the lack of lines on the body and as mentioned they don’t always have them on older fish I was told.

Ive caught a few blondes today and they are completely different once you compare them.

I was only concerned it was right as it took the club record, sorry Colin. 
 

Thanks for the interest guys and thanks Stuie for your efforts to date, top man. 👍

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On 1/5/2020 at 11:37 AM, Stuie said:

vociferous 

 

Well that gave me something to look up Stuie !

I learned a new word and it's more than four letters ! 

Not bad for an ex factory worker ! ! ! ;)

 

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