record break­ers

Sea Angler (UK) - - Your Fishing -

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.”

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