Angling Trust Species Hunt
The 2020-21 round of the Species Hunt is currently suspended due to the national lockdown. Please check back at a later date for details of the 2021-22 round which would be due to start in April 2021 but may be pushed back dependent on the lifting of the lockdown.
The Species Hunt has been developed to appeal to all sea anglers in order to support the sport that we hold in such high regard. The overall aim of the competition is to get people out there fishing. The Species Hunt is sponsored by Tronixpro and administered by the Angling Trust.
We’ve got a really active Facebook group too so check that out for the latest news and photos from our Hunters.
Our two nationwide challenges run alongside each other from approximately the beginning of April and run until 31st March of the following year.
1. The Species Hunt – Catch the most different species of sea fish in UK waters
2. The Specimen Hunt – Catch the largest specimen (38 Species designated on reverse of Hunt Card).
To register for the challenges and to receive your welcome pack please email [email protected] with the following information:
- Full Name
- Age or date of birth (to allow us to put you into the correct category of Senior or Junior)
- Address (to send your pack to)
- Contact email address
- If you require a Tronixpro tape measure (new members & replacement measures only please)
You will receive:
- One Hunt card (to be pictured with fish)
- One tape measure (to measure fish) – if requested
- Species Hunt Letter
- Species Hunt Rules
- Species Hunt Fish Handling Guidelines
- Eligible Species Hunt Fish
- Eligible Specimen Hunt Fish & Sizes
Each year everything resets, so for anglers who competed last year – try to catch all the fish you caught again! We have two categories: Senior (16 & over on 31st March 2020) and Junior (under 16 on 31st March 2020). The prize structure is as follows:
The prizes will follow the format that the prize value highlighted is that of Tronixpro fishing tackle. This will be selected from the Tronixpro/HTO catalogue. Winners will be contacted via email when the competition closes.
- Species Hunt – badges will be awarded each time you surpass a certain number of species caught:
- 15 Species – Competent Species Hunter
- 30 Species – Efficient Species Hunter
- 45 Species – Advanced Species Hunter
- 60 Species – Expert Species Hunter
- 75 Species – Elite Species Hunter
- 100 Species – Master Species Hunter
The badges are awarded based on total species caught over all the years you have entered the competition e.g. if you entered last year and caught 15 different species and this year you caught another 15 different species, you will be awarded the 30 Species badge.
- Specimen Hunt – badges will be awarded every time you submit an eligible specimen fish from one of the 38 species listed on the back of your Hunt card (maximum one badge per species). A monthly prize of terminal tackle from Tronixpro will be sent out at the close of the competition to the best specimen winner each month. The specimen will be judged on size and rarity of capture by the panel, whose word is final.
All entries are to be sent to [email protected] with the subject “Capture Report”.
For the Species Hunt the email must include the following:
- Name & UPN of participant
- Name of species caught (please be specific e.g. rock goby, not just goby).
- Date & location of capture
- Photo with clearly visible fish & clearly visible Species Hunt card.
If you are submitting a fish for the monthly Specimen Hunt, please also include:
- Photo with tape measure clearly shown. You may use a measure other than the Tronixpro tape measure provided that it is accurate and visible on the photograph. We need to see the whole fish in the photo.
- Tactics used to catch the fish e.g. hooks, tackle, bait, etc.
- Weight of the fish (optional)
- Photo of you holding the fish – we love to publish lovely photos of our anglers! (optional)
We also request that photos show unbloodied fish as we want to promote a good image for the sport. This is especially important for the Specimen Hunt where pictures will be published online in various media.
Results will be displayed in the following places each month on this page & the Species Hunt Facebook group page: www.facebook.com/groups/specieshunt
Each month within these publications the results displayed will be:
- Species Hunt – The top 20 anglers overall in both categories
- Specimen Hunt – The Specimen Hunt winner for the month
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!
Click the buttons below to view the monthly reports for 2020-21.