The deadline for submitting specimen claims is approaching fast.

IT’s been a difficult year for anglers due to COVID-19 but nevertheless there were a few notable catches including at least one potential new record.  John Hughes caught a super smoothhound and the claim is currently being assessed by the Irish Specimen Fish Committee.

John Hughes with a 105cm smoothhound. John also has a claim in for a new record smoothhound.

If you were lucky enough to catch a specimen fish this year and want to claim it, get your paperwork into the ISFC as soon as possible so that the ISFC can assess it. All specimen claims to be submitted by 31st Oct.

To speed up the process this year you can email a copy of your completed claim form to

Contact details for the Irish Specimen Fish Committee, claim forms and more are available from:

John Hughes caught this 105cm specimen Smoothhound. Length based specimens have made claiming a lot easier for a number of species