A record-breaking spurdog (below) has been caught and released in the Thames Estuary, while a claim is being submitted for a potential best undulate ray off Weymouth (below right).
The 23lb 5oz spurdog was taken on January 6 about 12 miles offshore by Ken Pipe, from London, while fishing from Lee Bolingbroke’s Sophie Lea out of Brightlingsea, Essex.
Ken, a regular on the charter boat, was using a lug/squid cocktail on a Pennell rig.
“I doubt we can claim a record as the fish was released alive as it was full of pups, and we feel that to kill a fish like this just to get a record is archaic in the 21st century,” said Lee.
The big undulate, weighing 22lb 13oz 7dr, was caught by Steve Juggins, of Southampton, while aboard Lyle Stantiford’s Supanova 2, out of Weymouth, Dorset.
The fish was caught on a size 2/0 hook baited with squid and mackerel on a running leger. It is heavier than the existing record of 21lb 4oz 8dr caught in 1987 off Swanage.
“We kept her alive in the livebait tank and had her weighed and witnessed at the Weymouth angling club,” said Steve, who has submitted the details to the British Record Fish Committee. “Then she was taken four miles out to sea and released unharmed.”