Wait… Weight or Length? What if its a record?
Two interesting articles this week brought a couple of questions up for me as a pike angler. The first article was an Irish Angling Update on the Camlin and District Anglers, Ray Gill Memorial Competition last Sunday at Lanesborough.
The following are the results:
- 1st. Brendan Griffith and Liam Sweeney 3 fish to 202 cm
- 2nd. Rafal Plec and Igor Klosowski 3 fish to 200 cm
- 3rd. Padraig and Ciara Corcoran 3 fish to 196.5 cm
- 4th Jason and Aaron Carr 3 fish to 189 cm
It begged the question… Whats more important, weight or length?
For me I’ve had rugby ball pike (stumpy and fat), and also lanky pike (skinny and long). I’ve seen 4lb fish that are like eels and 10lb fish that are like fat carp.
I can see the merit in weighing fish but I can also see the huge benefit to the welfare of the fish by only taking a simple measurement. My only experience is with weighing the fish and I couldn’t imagine abandoning this mentality for a new length orientated approach. What are your thoughts on it? Do you care more about one measurement over another? let us know below.
What to do if she pushing the record!
The second article was one from the Brecon & Radnor Express (Not my usual Sunday read). It told of a 13 year old lad fishing the River Wye with his father and landing what he described as a large pregnant pike.
The current record on the Wye is 37lb and has stood for 110years. Unbeknownst to the young angler and his dad they never weighed the fish and quickly returned her to the water.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, this is what you need to do!
For those that don’t know, there is an Irish Specimen Fish Committee which have a unique set of rules on record recording.
These rules can be accessed here.
To make a long story short, you need to have 3 things; An independent witness, clear photography, and a weight measurement using only a certified scales.
So for all you big girl hunters looking to break some records. You need to get a good scales and you must have it certified.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL CLUB AND PERSONAL SCALES MUST BE CERTIFIED ANNUALLY BY AN INDEPENDENT AGENCY. WEIGHING SCALES MUST BE COVERED BY A CERTIFICATE OF ACCURACY AT THE TIME OF WEIGHING. THEY CANNOT BE CERTIFIED IN RETROSPECT, I.E. AFTER THE FISH HAS BEEN WEIGHED.