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Latest Species Hunt News The uptake so far this year has been incredible with almost as many fish entered as last year's total already! Find links to the latest news and social media posts about the Hunt

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Species Hunt: Prizes, Results and Sponsorship Find out about the Specimen Hunt and Species Hunt competitions and Prizes. There are great tackle and cash prizes and achievement badges. TronixPro sponsor the tackle prizes and their range of sea fishing tackle provides essential high performance sea fishing equipment to competitors.

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Species Hunt Facebook Please join our Facebook page, get involved in the conversation and check out the amazing species photos.

Species Hunt Rules and Guidelines

There are a few simple rules and guidelines for Species Hunt:

Species Hunt Rules

  • Abide by the safe fish handling guidelines provided

  • To take part you must be registered

  • All fish must be caught between the start and finish dates of the challenge

  • All fish must be caught using rod and line from the shore, this includes piers and breakwaters, fish caught from boats or kayaks are not permitted

  • All fish must be considered a salt-water species

  • Fish of any size can be entered into the Species Hunt competition

  • For a fish to be considered for the Specimen Challenge it must be one of the species included in the Specimen Challenge, and meet the minimum specimen length for that species. This information can be found on the reverse of your Hunt Card

  • For a fish to be considered for the Species Hoarder contest, catch reports must be sent in with date of capture and titled Species Hoarder. We also stipulate that all reports for this contest have the fish with its head on the left of the frame and with clear measurement from the rule

  • Entries must be submitted within 7 days of being caught or within 24hrs of the competition ending

  • To enter a fish into either the Species Hunt and/or Specimen Challenge, you must send an email to: specieshunt2014@anglingtrust.net using your name and registration number in the subject field, and containing the following information:
    -Name and registration number
    -Species of fish
    -Length of fish
    -Date it was caught
    -Location it was caught
    -Photo 1:
    This must be clear and show the fish, include your Hunt Card with your name clearly visible
    -Photo 2:
    If you want it to be considered for a specimen prize include the tape measure provided

  • You can send in pictures of a species you have already entered into the Specimen Challenge if you catch a larger specimen than you have already entered. (above criteria apply)

  • Any questionable entries will be reviewed by a panel and the majority vote will be final decision and the entrant informed of the decision

  • Any entrants found to be cheating will be disqualified and removed from the challenges

The most important rule is to go out there and have some fun,
compete with your friends and try new locations and styles of fishing!


Species Hunt Fish Handling Guidelines

As anglers we should all strive to minimise the stress and damage to any fish that we catch by promoting and encouraging safe fish handling practice. These guidelines will help to achieve that goal.

Plan ahead
Try and aim to safely return any unwanted or undersized fish as safely as possible on all of your fishing trips, and remember to take your disgorger or long-nosed pliers with you.

Use circle hooks
Circle hooks can be used to safely catch and release fish as they generally end up neatly hooking the fish in the mouth and not deep hooking it.

Avoid dragging fish
Avoid dragging the fish up the beach. Walk down to the water's edge to retrieve your catch.

Minimise handling
Try to handle your catch as little and quickly as possible.

Wet your hands
By wetting your hands first, you will maintain the fish's protective coating.

Hold fish horizontally
Hold the fish horizontally instead of vertically and, when taking photographs, support the fish from under its mid-section and its head.

Unhooking
Use a disgorger for unhooking fish. This will minimise handling time by properly removing the hook quickly and safely.

Deep-hooked fish
When fish are hooked so deep that removing the hook is likely to damage or kill the fish, cut the line as close to the mouth as possible. Most hooks will dissolve or dislodge enabling the fish to live.

Keeping fish
If retaining fish for the table, dispatch them quickly to avoid unnecessary suffering.

Returning fish
Return fish as safely as possible by transporting them to the water's edge in your match bucket. Do not throw fish high in the air, or over arm lob them.

Contact: Angling Trust Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ
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