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SHORE RECORDS and MINIMUM SIZES

Alongside the more common species is the current minimum size which can be presented for weigh-in. Where no limit is shown the minimum size is 20cm. Length is measured in a straight line (not over the curvature of the body) between the tip of the snout and the end of the middle ray of the tail fin (e.g. in the case of coalfish to the innermost point of the 'v' in the tail); rays and skate are measured across the wings. Skate are not usually weighed, but a formula is used to estimate the weight prior to tag and release, which is acceptable for a record claim.

Fish of below the minimum size can be retained for the purpose of specimen or record claims only.

At Club meetings a maximum of three each of the shoal species - mackerel, saithe (coalfish) and herring - plus only one wrasse and one each mini-species, can be weighed-in. Note that any angler presenting undersized fish at weigh-in is disqualified - his whole catch doen't count.

All specimen and record claims have to be with the competition secretary within 14 days of capture, and the fish retained for ID purposes.

Figures in bold indicate Scottish record:

 

Species

Shore Record Kg

Capture details

Minimum Size Cm

Bass

3.080

I Sammons Newburgh 1998

42 (max 3 per day) 

Blenny (shanny)

0.027

G Taylor Peterhead 1975

Blenny (viviparous)

0.264

T Ashwell Donmouth 1981

Catfish (common)

5.797

G Taylor Stonehaven 1978

Coalfish (saithe)

1.445

H Wetherley Gregness 1980

35

Cod

8.022

G Nicoll Souterhead 1990

35

Dab

0.650

M Rennie Peterhead 1989

23

Dogfish (lesser spot)

1.955

G Taylor Newtonhill

35

Dogfish (bullhuss)

1.586

G Taylor Achiltbuie 1974

35

Dogfish (spur)

3.053 

M McDonald Loch Etive 2013 

35

Dragonet (common)

0.096

D Kinnaird Peterhead 1981

Eel (common)

1.201

T Ashwell Donmouth 1982

35

Eel (conger)

12.026

A Sim Peterhead 1974

58

Flounder

1.133

T Anderson Cruden Bay 76

25

Gurnard (grey)

0.595

A Turnbull Boddam 1973

Gurnard (red)

0.453

D Wright Loch Ryan 1975

Haddock

0.708

G Rennie Peterhead 1978

30

Ling

2.777

A Duncan Peterhead 1974

63

Lumpsucker

2.626

M Rennie Cruden Bay 1987

Mackerel

0.822

D Kinnaird Peterhead 1981

30

Mullet (thick lip)

1.445

H Wetherley Drummore 74

30

Plaice

2.299

T Ashwell Peterhead 1985

27

Pollack (lythe)

4.532

T Ashwell Peterhead 1983

35

Poor cod

0.213

T Ashwell Peterhead 1983

Pouting

0.417

W Cosgrove Furnished Rms 1980

Ray (cuckoo)

0.525

A Kemp Abdn Harbour 2005

35

Ray (spotted)

2.608

G Styles Loch Ryan 1975

35

Ray (thornback)

5.513

L Knox Achiltbuie 1974

35

Rockling (5 beard)

0.184

C Deans Arbroath 1986

Rockling (3 beard)

0.957

T Ashwell Findon 1984

Scad (horse mackerel)

0.040

M McDonald Red Rock 2003

Scorpion (long spine)

0.157

T Ashwell Tip 1982

Scorpion (short spine)

0.881

B Thomson Newtonhill 1992

Sea Trout

0.875

D Tate Scotstown 2010

Sole (lemon)

0.627

B Davidson Peterhead 82

25

Stickleback

0.003

G Taylor Red Rock

Tadpolefish

0.365

G Nicoll Cove 1989

Tope

6.804

W Simpson Loch Ryan 1975

20lb

Topknot

0.283

T Craig Peterhead 2013

Turbot

0.680

G Rezin Scotstown 2009

30

Whiting

0.340

T Anderson Peterhead 1979

27

Wrasse (ballan)

2.222

G Blair Tremuda Bay 1981

25

Wrasse (cuckoo)

0.379

D Kinnaird Rudha Dearg 82

Wrasse (goldsinny)

0.036

T Ashwell Rudha Dearg 84