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About Species Hunt: Info and Contacts The Species Hunt has been developed to appeal to all Sea Anglers in order to get anglers out there fishing more often. Find out how the competition is structured and get contact details for James Lewis, Angling Trust Regional Officer in charge of the Hunt

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Species Hunter Badges Badges will be awarded each time you surpass a certain number of species caught

Species Hunt: Prizes & Results

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CHALLENGE STRUCTURE AND PRIZES

Challenge Structure and Prizes

ROLLING PRIZES
1] Species Hunt - Badges will be awarded each time you surpass a certain number of species caught:
  • Competent species hunter - 15 species
  • Efficient species hunter - 30 species
  • Advanced species hunter - 45 species
  • Expert species hunter - 60 species
  • Elite species hunter - 75 species
  • Master species hunter - 100 species
With regards to badges, species caught in the last 2 years competition will be counted i.e. if you caught 30 species in the last 2 years and then you caught 10 this year you would get your 40 species badge.

YEARLY PRIZES
With regards to prize monies and this years Species Hunt winner, everything is reset! So, for anglers who competed in the previous years try to catch all the fish you caught again! This is because the bulk of prizes are aimed at this years reset competition.

At the end of the year there will be two winners: Senior and Junior (under 16 on 31 March 2017) who have caught the most number of species. They will be given free rein to spend their prize money in the Tronixpro catalogue and the prize structure is as follows:

PositionSeniorJunior
1st£1,000£500
2nd£300£200
3rd£200£100

2] Specimen Hunt - Badges will be awarded every time you achieve one of the 38 specimen size fish (maximum 1 badge per species - see back of Hunt Card for specimen sizes). In addition, a monthly prize of terminal tackle and Tronixpro branded clothing will be sent out to the best Specimen (This will be judged on both size and rarity of capture) and will be chosen by our panel.

Specimen Hunt - Species and Sizes

Specimen Hunt cardMin Sizes for Specimen Hunt
Bass70
Bream (Black)37
Bream (Couch’s Sea)42
Bream (Gilthead)42
Bream (Pandora)42
Bream (Ray’s)42
Bream (Red)42
Bream (White Sea)42
Bull Huss88
Cod80
Dab34
Dogfish (Lesser Spotted)67
Dogfish (Black-Mouthed)67
Eel (Conger)116
Eel (Silver)88
Flounder42
Mullet (Grey Thick-Lipped)59
Mullet (Grey Thin-Lipped)59
Mullet (Golden Grey)56
Mullet (Red)34
Plaice42
Pollack66
Ray (Blonde)64
Ray (Small-Eyed)47
Ray (Spotted)47
Ray (Sting)64
Ray (Thornback)62
Ray (Undulate)64
Smoothhound (Common)93
Smoothhound (Starry)93
Sole (Dover)42
Sole (Lemon)42
Spurdog90
Tope130
Triggerfish57
Whiting46
Wrasse (Ballan)50
Wrasse (Cuckoo)34

NOTE: Rays should be measured from wing tip to wing tip.

3] Species Hoarder - The monthly target species are as follows:

MayBream
JuneMullet
JulySole
AugustTope
SeptemberCod
October
Rays
NovemberBull Huss
DecemberLesser Spotted Dogfish
JanuaryFlounder
FebruaryConger Eel
MarchWrasse

The monthly prize will also be a set of Tronixpro branded terminal gear and accessories.

PUBLICATION OF RESULTS
Results will be displayed via the Species Hunt Facebook page

In addition there will also be a full breakdown of result on the Angling Trusts website.

There is also ambition this year to branch out into other linds of social media so watch this space!
 
We will publish the following results:
  1. Species Hunt - The top 20 senior and top 10 junior anglers overall will be displayed.
  2. Specimen Hunt - The winning specimen will be displayed.
  3. Species Hoarder - The angler with the most number of the month's "designated fish".
We can't wait to see the results as they start to unfold. Get fishing, and get your pictures to us - you never know: you could be one of the winners next month!

In conjunction with our partner Tronixpro, the Angling Trust would like to share information in order to further the development of Sea Fishing. If you would NOT like your information to be shared please email specieshunt2014@anglingtrust.net

Species Hunt - Species Table

Standard speciesStandard species (cont.)Micro species
Almaco jackOpahAnchovy
Angler fishPelamid (bonito)Argentine
BassPerch (dusky)Barracudina
Black fishPlaiceBlackfish (cornish)
BluemouthPollockBlenny (black faced)
Blue runnerPoutingBlenny (butterfly)
BoguePuffer fishBlenny (tompot)
BonitoRay (blonde)Blenny (viviparous)
Bream (black)Ray (bottle-nose)Blenny (yarrell’s)
Bream (crouchs’ sea)Ray (cuckoo)Boar fish
Bream (gilthead)Ray (eagle)Bream (axillary)
Bream (pandora)Ray (electric)Bream (saddled sea)
Bream (ray’s)Ray (marbled electric)Butterfish
Bream (red)Ray (sandy)Connemara sucker
Bream (white-sea)Ray (small-eyed)Dab (long rough)
BrillRay (spotted)Dragonet
Bull HussRay (sting)Garfish (short-beaked)
CatfishRay (thornback)Goby (black)
Coalfish (saithe)Ray (undulate)Goby (common)
CodRockling (3-bearded)Goby (giant)
ComberRockling (shore)Goby (leopard-spotted)
DabSalmon(coho)Goby(sand)
Dogfish (lesser spotted)Scad (horse mackerel)Goby (rock)
Dogfish (black-mouthed)Sea scorpion (short-spined)Pilchard
EEl (silver)Shad (allis)Pilotfish
EEl (conger)Shad (twaite)Pipefish (greater)
FlounderShark (blue)Piperfish (snake)
Forkbeard (greater)Shark (mako)Pogge
GarfishShark (porbeagle)Poor cod
Greater weaverShark (six-gilled)Red Band-fish
Greater amberjackShark(thresher)Rockling (five bearded)
Guinnean amberjackSkate (common)Rockling (four bearded)
Gurnard (grey)Smoothhound (stary)Sandeel (corbin’s)
Gurnard (red)SmoothhoundSandeel (greater)
Gurnard (streaked)Sole (dover)Sea scorpian (long spined)
Gurnard (yellow/tubfish)Sole (lemon)Shanny
HaddockSpurdogSkipper
Haddock (Norway)SunfishSmelt
HakeTadpole-fishSmelt (sand)
HalibutTopeSmelt (sand-big scale)
HerringTorskStickleback (sea 15 spined)
John Dory (St peter’s fish)TriggerfishTopnot (common)
LingTunnyWeever (lesser)
LumpsuckerTunny (big-eyed)Wrasse (baillion’s)
MackerelTunny (long-finned)Wrasse (corkwing)
Mackerel (Spanish)TurbotWrasse (goldsinney)
MegrimWhitingWrasse (rock cook)
MonkfishWhiting blue (poutassou)Wrasse (scale-rayed)
Mullet ( golden grey)Witch
Mullet (greythick lipped)Wrasse (ballan)
Mullet (grey thin lipped)Wrasse (cuckoo)
Mullet (red)Wreckfish

To enter a fish into the Species Hunt and/or the Specimen Challenge, please send an email to specieshunt2014@anglingtrust.net using your name and registration number in the subject field. Including a clear photograph of your catch with both your tape measure and your Hunt Card visible.


Species Hunt Results May 2016

Welcome to a new year of competition and many thanks to all of you who are now seasoned hunters and to those new anglers trying something new. Good luck and tight lines. The competition has flown out of the blocks once more with over 500 fish being recorded in the first month alone. As you would expect a fair few common species such as dogfish and wrasse, but a pleasing number of rarer species such as bass and flatfish. Here are the standings for the senior contest.

Species Hunt - Senior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Craig Horton 592 23
2 James Williams 409 18
2 David Williams 106 18
2 Darren Braby 640 18
5 Ollie Mears 593 17
6 Ross Johnson 129 15
6 Allan Hughes 686 15
6 John Henton 783 15
6 Logan Broadhead 703 15
10 Scott Hughes 672 14
10 Rikki Delaitre 473 14
12 Andrew Mcconaghie 122 13
12 Gareth Davis 588 13
12 Andrew Rodgers 762 13
15 Paul Wheeler 737 12
15 Robert Spencer 638 12
17 KC Clarke 159 11
17 Brian Jones 746 11
17 Gareth Griffiths 181 11
17 Billy Williams 185 11
17 Chris O'Sullivan 673 11

Results were to date of 24:00 31/05/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

Craig Horton gets his new campaign off to a flying start going 5 clear of the chasing group. Craig has put together an impressive number of micro species but has also managed to outwit a specimen starry smoothhound in the process. Great to see a lot of new entrants in the top 20, with John Henton leading the surge of new anglers in the contest.

Species Hunt - Junior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Ethan Casey 525 7
2 Alex Martin 801 6
3 Cameron Pritchard 803 4
4 Aaron Avons 659 2
4 Jake Moles 574 2
6 Lowri Pritchard 802 1
7 Tristan Groves 804 1
8 Eoin Foley 16 1

Results were to date of 24:00 31/05/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

Congratulations to Ethan Casey for leading out the contest this year, he's been catching a lot of micro species in and around Weymouth. Ethan is closely followed by our new junior angler Alex Martin so congratulations to him as well. Two awesome starts and they have already put some distance between themselves and the following pack. As you can see there is a great opportunity for young anglers to get into the mix here so please where possible take them youngsters out with you.

Specimen Hunt

Species Hunt 2016-Craig HortonThe February specimen Hunt winner as chosen by our panel is Craig Horton for his capture of this cracking starry smoothhound.



Craig fished Seatown in Dorset with some substantial gear to net the specimen pictured.

The specimen was 104cms in length and weighed in at 10lb 2oz.


This is huge for a shore caught starry and was a few cm's over his 100cm rule!








Species Hoarder

Species Hunt 2016-Ross JohnsonIt's been a slow start to the species Hoarder contest with only three Bream caught across the month (we may well tweak the species for next year).



However, Species Hunt veteran Ross Johnson managed two couches bream to pip Darren Braby and take this first ever Species Hoarder prize.



Many thanks to all of you for competing. Please remember your rules and cards, spread the word about the Species Hunt with the poster and keep your captures coming in!


Species Hunt Results June 2016

Hello again Species Hunters. What an awesome month of hunting we have had! with well over 400 new species being recorded across all the groups. We have also had a huge surge in new competitors so thanks to all that are spreading the word. Looking at the fish species it's very hard to find a coherent pattern, however there are a noticeable number of rarer species (gurnards/bream) as the water temperatures rise.

Here are the results from the senior competition.

Species Hunt - Senior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Ross Johnson 129 48
2 Craig Horton 592 33
3 Ollie Mears 593 32
4 Allan Hughes 686 30
5 Scott Hughes 672 28
6 Darren Braby 640 26
7 Gareth Davis 588 24
8 James Williams 409 23
8 John Henton 783 23
10 Rikki Delaitre 473 22
10 Paul Wheeler 737 22
10 Andrew Mcconaghie 122 22
13 David Williams 106 21
14 Gareth Griffiths 181 20
15 Martin Jones 632 19
16 Andy Copeland 455 17
16 Robert Spencer 638 17
18 Logan Broadhead 703 15
19 KC Clarke 159 15
20 Andrew Rodgers 762 14
20 Michael Boulton 724 14

Results were to date of 24:00 30/06/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

Ross Johnson shoots to the head of the leader board with a massive 48 species which he has caught on his travels this month, an awesome feat and he well deserves his spot at the top. The following pack is a very close affair with 5 competitors separated by only 7 species. ...who can close the gap to become our new leader!?

Species Hunt - Junior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Oly Kucjy 41 22
2 Alex Martin 801 11
3 Ethan Casey 525 8
4 Aaron Avons 659 7
5 Jake Moles 574 5
6 Cameron Pritchard 803 4
7 Tristan Groves 804 3
8 Lowri Pritchard 802 2
10 Eoin Foley 16 1
10 Harry Moles 573 1

Results were to date of 24:00 30/06/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

In parallel to the senior contest, Oly Kucy also storms to the lead of the junior section, putting in 22 species in one month! This is great angling once more from Oly and he's been using a plethora of tactics to fool his fish. Competition for second spot is fierce with 3 anglers on and around 10 species. It's also great to see some new anglers getting involved in the contest, catching some fish and getting on the leader board, congratulations to you all.

Specimen Hunt

Species Hunt 2016-Steven CoakerThe June specimen Hunt winner as chosen by our panel is Steven Coaker for his capture of this cracking small eyed ray.



Steven is a new entrant to the contest and fished Gellyswick in Milford Haven to net the specimen pictured.



The specimen was 61cms in length which is a new Species Hunt record.


It weighed in at 10lb 2oz. Steven caught the ray on a small pollock and returned the fish safely to fight another day.




Species Hoarder

Species Hunt 2016-Oly Kucy mulletThe species Hoarder contest hotted up this month with mullet having their day in the sun so to speak.


By far the standout winner for the contest for the month was Oly Kucy with an astonishing 12 mullet.


This shows that Oly has really gone after this species and it's an impressive result.


Here's a photo of one of his fish.

Many thanks to all of you for competing. Please remember your rules and cards, spread the word about the Species Hunt with the poster and keep your captures coming in!


Species Hunt Results July 2016

Hello Species Hunters. I can always tell when you guys have been getting out there as I have to chop and change the leader boards around and this is certainly the case this month, so well done everyone for getting out there!

We had over 500 new species being recorded across all the groups which is the second highest ever. Looking at the fish species there has been a good mix of species caught with an awful lot of wrasse and smelt finding their way into pictures.

Here are the results from the senior competition.

Species Hunt - Senior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Ross Johnson 129 60
2 Ollie Mears 593 37
3 Allan Hughes 686 36
4 Craig Horton 592 34
5 Scott Hughes 672 33
6 James Williams 409 31
7 Gareth Davis 588 31
8 John Henton 783 29
8 Andrew Mcconaghie 122 29
10 Darren Braby 640 28
10 David Williams 106 27
10 Martin Jones 632 26
13 Paul Wheeler 737 25
14 Gareth Griffiths 181 25
15 Rikki Delaitre 473 23
16 KC Clarke 159 23
16 Michael Hoey 250 22
18 Andy Copeland 455 21
19 Robert Spencer 638 19
20 Martin Avons 406 18
20 Nev Andrews 747 17
20 Tina Lustig 601 17
20 Michael Groves 741 17

Results were to date of 24:00 31/07/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.


Ross Johnson maintains his lead at the top of the table with a massive 60 species!

He added a further 10 species this month which is awesome considering they'll be getting ever increasingly hard to find...

The following pack is still a very close affair with 6 competitors separated by only 6 species.

Also great to see new people on the board this month like Michael Hoey who was outside the top 20 last month!

Species Hunt - Junior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Oly Kucjy 41 37
2 Alex Martin 801 22
3 Aaron Avons 659 14
4 Ethan Casey 525 8
4 Tristan Groves 804 8
6 Jake Moles 574 5
6 Lowri Pritchard 802 5
8 Cameron Pritchard 803 4
9 Jack Boxall 813 3
10 Owen Dunn 805 2

Results were to date of 24:00 31/07/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

In parallel to the senior contest Oly Kucy also maintains his lead, putting in a massive 15 species in one month! This is great angling once more from Oly, who has been travelling down to the south coast to fish new waters and increase his tally.

In addition Alex has also firmed up his spot in second place taking himself 8 species ahead of the competition.Great to see some new junior entrants on the table as well!

Specimen Hunt

Species Hunt 2016-Gareth Griffiths PlaiceThe July specimen Hunt winner as chosen by our panel is Gareth Griffiths for his capture of this beautifully marked plaice.



The specimen was 47cms in length which is the biggest landed this year.



Steven caught the flatfish late into the evening off a local mark.

















Species Hoarder

Species Hunt 2016-Jack BoxallThe species Hoarder contest this month targeted sole and this has led to an unprecedented 6 way tie, all on 1 fish!



The anglers were: Ian Shepherd, Jeff Mccarthy, Barry Jones, David Ford, Shane and Jack Boxall.



Now we have nothing in the rules for quite such a huge tie (normally I might go to fish size but it's nigh on impossible comparing 5!).



What I propose is that we give it to our only junior angler to catch a sole Jack Boxall, if the above anglers can let me know If they are happy by Facebook/email to the usual specieshunt2014@anglingtrust.net, that would be greatly appreciated.

If not we'll have a draw. Here is Jack's fish.

Many thanks to all of you for competing. Please remember your rules and cards, spread the word about the Species Hunt with the poster and keep your captures coming in!


Species Hunt Results August 2016

Species Hunters, isn't the year tearing past at a rate of knots?

Seems like just yesterday we were just kicking off the contest and now we're a 1/3rd of the way through the contest!

What a busy month you guys have had again with well over 300 entries into the contest and as you can see below there have once more been lots of changes to the tables.

Popular species for the month were Rays, Whitefish and Wrasse although once more there was a great spread of species.

Species Hunt - Senior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Ross Johnson 129 63
2 Ollie Mears 593 44
3 Paul Wheeler 737 41
3 Andy  Copeland 455 41
5 Allan Hughes 686 39
5 Craig Horton 592 39
7 James Williams 409 38
8 Scott Hughes 672 35
8 John Henton 783 35
10 David Williams 106 34
11 Gareth Davis 588 32
12 Andrew Mcconaghie 122 31
12 Gareth Griffiths 181 31
12 Martin Jones 632 31
15 Darren  Braby 640 30
15 Michael Groves 741 30
17 Michael  Hoey 250 29
17 KC Clarke 159 29
19 Martin  Avons 406 26
20 Rikki Delaitre 473 23

Results were to date of 24:00 31/08/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

Congratulation to Ross for extending his lead once more at the top of the table.

It's amazing that he is still finding species to catch!

A big shake up of the Top 5 has occurred this month with both Paul Wheeler and Andy Copeland flying up the leader board, both gentlemen putting in the time at many locations to catch elusive new species.

Species Hunt - Junior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Oly Kucjy 41 44
2 Alex  Martin 801 29
3 Tristan Groves 804 21
4 Aaron Avons 659 17
5 Jack  Shepherd 670 13
6 Cameron Pritchard 803 11
7 Jake  Moles 574 10
7 Lowri Pritchard 802 10
9 Ethan Casey 525 9
10 James Davies 604 7

Results were to date of 24:00 31/08/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

Once more Oly extends his total for the month and maintains his 10 species lead in the Junior contest. A mention must also go to Alex Martin and Tristan Groves in Second and Third place, who put in an impressive 7 and 13 species respectively.

The table as a whole shows a huge improvement from last month and it's clear that the juniors are getting into the contest which is great to see!

Keep it up guys!

Specimen Hunt

Species Hunt 2016-Jason LockerThe specimen Hunt winner for August as chosen by our panel is Jason Locker for his capture of this exquisite small eyed ray.



Although Jason struggled to get a good shot of him and the fish in the dark you he clearly recorded the length in his photo so hats off to you Jason!


The specimen was 52cms in length and weighed in at an impressive 7lb 2oz.



Steven caught the flatfish late into the evening on Dorest's Southborne Beach.

Species Hoarder

Species Hunt 2016-Gareth Griffiths TopeThe species Hoarder contest this month targeted tope and this led to a two way tie between Gareth Griffiths and Lee Whitcombe on one tope.



However working on size countback we can award the August prize to Gareth Griffiths for this 170cm 4lb tope.



Top angling Gareth!


Many thanks to all of you for competing. Please remember your rules and cards, spread the word about the Species Hunt with the poster and keep your captures coming in!

The Hunt is ON!

James, Species Hunt Team




Species Hunt Results September 2016

I write this month's results fresh in the knowledge that we will be having our first ever prize giving down in Weymouth later this month.

I look forward to meeting all the winners and thank you for your patience on the matter. Anyway, another busy month for entries with over 200 entries into the contest.

It's great to see that there are still people entering, and I thank all the help and assistance given on the Facebook page.

Popular species for the month were rays, smelt and lots of other mini species.

Species Hunt - Senior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Ross Johnson 129 69
2 Andy Copeland 455 47
3 Ollie Mears 593 46
4 James Williams 409 43
5 Paul Wheeler 737 42
6 Gareth Davis 588 41
6 John Henton 783 41
8 Allan Hughes 686 40
8 Scott Hughes 672 40
10 Craig Horton 592 39
11 David Williams 106 37
12 Gareth Griffiths 181 33
13 Andrew Mcconaghie 122 32
14 Martin Jones 632 31
14 Michael Hoey 250 31
14 Martin Avons 406 31
14 Darren Braby 640 31
18 KC Clarke 159 29
19 Norman Bowerman 693 28
20 Nev Andrews 747 24

Results were to date of 24:00 30/09/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

Ross Johnson still leads the way at the head of the table, Ross and a few others are also doing a great job of catching some new species which we will have to add to the list for next year keep it up guys!

The Battle for 2nd and 3rd is wide open with Andy Copeland shooting up into second spot with Ollie Mears hot on his tale.

What will the winter months bring to this fierce competition...?

Species Hunt - Junior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Oly Kucjy 41 46
2 Alex Martin 801 29
3 Tristan Groves 804 23
4 Aaron Avons 659 19
5 Jack Shepherd 670 15
6 Jake Moles 574 14
7 Cameron Pritchard 803 12
7 Lowri Pritchard 802 11
9 Ethan Casey 525 10
10 James Davies 604 7

Results were to date of 24:00 30/09/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

Not a huge amount of movement this month in the Junior leader board however most anglers got out there and put a few on their tallies.

Oly Kucjy still sitting pretty at the top of the leader board on a massive 46 species, well done Oly!

Competition is certainly hotting up for the top three though with many anglers breaking into the teens we could see a dramatic change in the leader board in the coming months!

Specimen Hunt

Michael GrovesThe specimen Hunt winner for September as chosen by our panel is Michael Groves for his capture of this pristine black bream under blue-bird skies, great shot Micheal!


The specimen was 39cms in length which is the best this year for the species.


Michael Caught the specimen on the infamous Chesil Beach, Dorset, with a lug and rag combo.


NB: Unfortunately there have been a couple of huge fish that have had to miss out on the specimen prize these last couple of months so please remember your rules.


I'd also like to take the opportunity to thank anglers who have put large delicate fish back quickly as sometimes measuring is not appropriate.



Species Hoarder

Jason Lockyer and Nev Andrews CodThe Species Hoarder contest this month targeted cod and this led to a two way tie between Nev Andrews and Jason Lockyer on one cod.



Both were exquisitely marked fish and both look to be around the 3lb mark so there is really no way to separate out the two of you guys.



Thus for the first time I will split the prize this month. As you can see the fish are cookie cutters!


 
Many thanks to all of you for competing and please remember your rules and cards, spread the word about the Species Hunt with the poster and keep those captures coming in!







The Hunt is ON!

James, Species Hunt Team




Species Hunt Results October 2016

This month marked our first ever prize giving for the species hunt and thanks to all that had input to the day.

It was great to meet up with some of you guys in person and a few of us even managed a few fish from the harbour, RESULT!

Looking at this month's captures we've seen another busy month with a lot of people adding 2-3 species to their tally.

Lots of mini's and whitefish this month, with a large amount of rockling showing themselves across the country. Here are Octobers results...

Species Hunt - Senior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Ross Johnson 129 69
2 Ollie Mears 593 48
3 Andy Copeland 455 46
3 Mike Groves 741 46
5 John Henton 783 45
6 James Williams 409 44
7 Paul Wheeler 737 42
7 Allan Hughes 686 42
7 Gareth Davis 588 42
7 Craig Horton 592 42
11 David Williams 106 40
12 Scott Hughes 672 39
13 Martin Avons 406 35
14 Andrew Mcconaghie 122 34
15 Gareth Griffiths 181 33
16 Michael Hoey 250 31
16 Martin Jones 632 31
18 Darren Braby 640 30
19 KC Clarke 159 28
20 Norman Bowerman 693 25
20 Nev Andrews 747 25

Results were to date of 24:00 31/10/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

Ross Johnson retains his top spot with an impressive 69 species. Ollie Mears moves into second position with Andy and Mike hot on his heels rounding out the top three. We now have 11 anglers within 8 species so the top three is still really in contention and one good month could shoot someone right up the leader board.

Species Hunt - Junior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Oly Kucjy 41 48
2 Alex Martin 801 30
3 Tristan Groves 804 27
4 Aaron Avons 659 24
5 Jack Shepherd 670 20
6 Jake Moles 574 14
7 Cameron Pritchard 803 13
8 Ethan Casey 525 12
9 Lowri Pritchard 802 11
10 James Davies 604 7

Results were to date of 24:00 31/10/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

Oly still standing strong at the top of our leader board with 48 species now, which is a great tally!

The battle for second and third is really heating up with both Alex and Tristan adding multiple species this month.

Aaron and Jack are also both bridging the gap from the chasing pack, interestingly Aaron having added lots of flatfish this month.

Specimen Hunt

Natalie AylettThe specimen Hunt winner for October was our most difficult choice to date yet this year, however edging it marginally was Natalie Aylett with the capture of this Specimen Bull Huss.


The specimen was 104cms in length which is a joint species Hunt record.


Natalie Caught the Specimen at Holyhead Breakwater, the Huss having took a small whiting had showed interest to Natalie's baited hook.


To my memory Natalie is also the Hunt's first ever female specimen Hunt winner.


So congratulations on that!


Coincidentally the fish was caught on the 9th October which happened to be the start of "Women in Sport Week".

It's great to see more female participation in angling!

Species Hoarder

Jason LockyerThe species Hoarder contest this month targeted rays and the clear winner this month was Jason Lockyer who amounted 7 rays across October.


Most of these were small eyed rays but he also managed a Blonde ray.


Jason fished several locations so obviously shows he can sort out a flatfish or two!

Many thanks to all of you for competing.


Please remember your rules and cards, spread the word about the Species Hunt with the poster and keep your captures coming in!





The Hunt is ON!

James, Species Hunt Team




Species Hunt Results November 2016

As the winter draws in it's great to see that so many species hunters are still out catching new species and I'm sure plenty of you are still catching repeat species.

This month catch reports have been predominantly showing micro-species, however it's great to see a few cod and bass making an appearance.

Here are November's results...

Species Hunt - Senior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Ross Johnson 129 70
2 Andy Copeland 455 51
3 Ollie Mears 593 49
4 Mike Groves 741 48
4 John Henton 783 48
6 James Williams 409 46
7 Craig Horton 592 45
8 Paul Wheeler 737 44
8 Gareth Davis 588 44
10 David Williams 106 43
11 Allan Hughes 686 42
12 Scott Hughes 672 41
12 Martin Avons 406 41
14 Andrew Mcconaghie 122 37
15 Gareth Griffiths 181 34
16 Michael Hoey 250 33
16 Darren Braby 640 33
18 Martin Jones 632 31
19 KC Clarke 159 30
20 Norman Bowerman 693 28

Results were to date of 24:00 30/11/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

Ross Johnson retains his top spot and manages to add yet another species to his tally - well in Ross!

Andy takes back second position and skips two ahead of the chasing pack having targeted both mullet and bream this month.

Still a huge contest for these top three positions and I'm looking forward to how this pans out in the New Year!

Species Hunt - Junior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Oly Kucjy 41 48
2 Alex Martin 801 30
3 Tristan Groves 804 28
4 Aaron Avons 659 27
5 Jack Shepherd 670 21
6 Jake Moles 574 14
6 Ethan Casey 525 14
8 Cameron Pritchard 803 13
9 Lowri Pritchard 802 11
10 James Davies 604 7

Results were to date of 4:00 30/11/16, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

Oly maintains his place at the top of the tree over the festive period, the battle for second continues to progress with Tristan and Aaron both putting in more species this month and are closing in on Alex.

Another notable mention to Ethan Casey who put a couple of species in this month to climb to joint 6th.

Specimen Hunt

Andy CopelandThe Specimen Hunt for November actually rolls-over to December for the first time ever!


We did have some photos and weights of fish that would more than likely have made the specimen length.


However with no lengths claimed, so that means there's a "Double-Prize" for Christmas!


Here's what we decided was the best picture from the month of November. Cracking shot Andy!

Species Hoarder

David WilliamsThe Species Hoarder contest this month targeted bull huss.

The clear winner this month was David Williams who compiled a catch of 4 huss throughout November.

David targeted multiple points around North Wales to pick up his huss.

Great angling!

Many thanks to all of you for competing.

Please remember your rules and cards, spread the word about the Species Hunt with this poster and keep your captures coming in!

The Hunt is ON!

James, Species Hunt Team




Species Hunt Results December 2016 and January 2017

Species Hunters,
Afternoon Ladies and Gents, it feels like a long time ago but Happy New Year to you all! I hope you got something fishy for Christmas as well!

With a Double Month Count this time around for the Species Hunt (i.e. December and January results combined), we've seen a significant change in the number of species on the board.

This is all down to you guys getting out and fishing over the winter months, so kudos for continuing to get out there!

Here are the results...

Species Hunt - Senior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Ross Johnson 129 70
2 Andy  Copeland 455 53
3 Mike Groves 741 51
4 Ollie Mears 593 50
5 John Henton 783 48
6 James Williams 409 47
7 Craig Horton 592 46
8 Allan Hughes 686 45
9 Paul Wheeler 737 44
9 Gareth Davis 588 44
9 David Williams 106 44
12 Martin  Avons 406 43
13 Scott Hughes 672 42
14 Andrew Mcconaghie 122 39
15 Gareth Griffiths 181 34
16 Michael  Hoey 250 33
16 Darren  Braby 640 33
16 KC Clarke 159 33
19 Martin Jones 632 31
20 Norman Bowerman 693 28

Results were to date of 24:00 31/01/17, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

Congratulations to Ross Johnson for retaining his top spot over the winter period.

However, the battle for the top three is really hotting up now!

Andy puts a couple of species on the results sheet to secure his second spot and Mike skips ahead of Ollie into 3rd.

Great to see four anglers over the magical 50 barrier for the year now too. This just shows the contest is really developing now!

Species Hunt - Junior Results
Position, First Name, Last Name, UPN, Number of species caught
1 Oly Kucjy 41 49
2 Alex  Martin 801 30
3 Aaron Avons 659 29
4 Tristan Groves 804 28
5 Jack  Shepherd 670 21
6 Jake  Moles 574 14
6 Ethan Casey 525 14
8 Cameron Pritchard 803 13
9 Lowri Pritchard 802 11
10 James Davies 604 7

Results were to date of 24:00 31/01/17, they may be subject to change after further validation from the Species Hunt Committee.

Oly maintains his place in front of the pack, adding a hard earned new species to his tally. This takes him to 49 recorded for the year.

Competition for 2nd and 3rd places continues to intensify, with Aaron Avons making his way up into the 3rd spot with 29 species.

But with three contestants separated by just three species this could all change at any time!

Specimen Hunt - December and January

Jason Warne small-eyed rayThe specimen Hunt for December once more goes to Jason Warne for the capture of this perfectly marked small-eyed ray.

The fish measured 47cm and was caught off Ventnor Isle on Boxing Day so well in Jason for getting out over the festive period!

This was also a double win for Jason as we had no winner in November.

Once more January's Specimen Prize actually ROLLS -OVER to February as we had no Specimen Claims in January.

Species Hoarder - December

Aaron Avons LSDThe Species Hoarder contest for December was for lesser spotted dogfish (LSD)

The winner this month was Aaron Avons, who caught this perfect little dogfish in Bossington on a piece of Mackerel.

This was the only LSD to be caught during the period so well done Aaron!





Species Hoarder - January

Andrew Mcconaghie flounderThe Species Hoarder contest for January was for flounder.

The winner this month was Andrew Mcconaghie who caught two flounder during the month.

Both came from Waterfoot pier in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

Many thanks to all of you for competing.

Please remember your rules and cards, spread the word about the Species Hunt with this poster and keep your captures coming in!

The Hunt is ON!

James, Species Hunt Team




Download the Species Hunt Logs

These are a fascinating records of all the species caught recorded against the participant UPN - check out the latest versions using the links below. Files are Excel Spreadsheets.


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