Annually, the Irish Specimen Fish Committee, who ratify specimen and record fish in Ireland, publish a list of all the big fish submitted to it at the start of the year.
Anglers can examine the annual report to see what shore marks, charter boat piers, rivers and lakes have produced specimen fish and where most of the big fish were caught the previous year.
You can access this information by logging on to http://www.specimenfish.ie and you can look at the catches of specimen fish recorded from 1999 to the present year.
Recent specimen fish news
Irish Specimen Fish Atlas back on sale February 15, 2024 - The Irish Specimen Fish Committee published a Fish Atlas towards the end of 2023 and it sold out a lot quicker than expected. Given the demand, the ISFC decided to get a number of extra copies printed, and these are now on sale again. Click this link to purchase… The Irish Specimen Fish Committee has just […] First time fish of a lifetime for junior Dublin Pike Angler February 7, 2024 - Senior members of the Dublin Pike Anglers held a competition recently on the Erne system, where they mentored some of the up and coming junior members of the club, passing on their pike fishing knowledge to the next generation. Fishing under the watchful eyes of old hands Godfrey Donohue, Paddy Burke and Gavin Downey, junior […] Weather finally breaks for Wicklow Boat Charters February 6, 2024 - After a frustrating month, during which Wicklow Boat Charters couldn’t fish the prime marks due to weather, leading to plenty of cancelled days, things finally came good for the lucky anglers fishing at the weekend. In a short, 2.5 hour session, the guys managed around 30 spurdog, with 11 of them reaching specimen size. A […] Spur season in full flow for Wicklow Boats January 10, 2024 - After last week’s first specimen spur of the season, things have kicked on a bit, and it’s fair to say that the spurdog season is in full flow for Wicklow Boat Charters. In recent days, another four specimens were landed, falling to Clyde McElwaine (2), Bert McGregor and Brian Cooke, none of them strangers to […] Wicklow Boat Charters play tag with big tope October 19, 2023 - Kit Dunne of Wicklow Boat Charters thinks that this month has been the best ever October for big tope on the Irish east coast. Kit had the UCC tagging team aboard last Thursday and four super Tope were caught – all specimens of course, including one fine lady at 170cm x 70 girth, touching 70lb. […] 85cm bass for Keith Barker in Waterford October 10, 2023 - Keith Barker is no stranger to big bass but at the weekend he he surprised even himself by beating his PB by 5cm… I would like to report my fish caught at the weekend from a shingle beach in Co. Waterford, taken on light lure gear, on a neap tide on the 6th of October […] Irish Specimen Fish Committee Fish Atlas Published October 2, 2023 - 🎁🎄🎁14 Dec 24: With Christmas only round the corner the Irish Specimen Fish Atlas would make an ideal present for that special angler in your life. Click this link to purchase… The Irish Specimen Fish Committee has just published a new book documenting and analysing specimen fish catches in Ireland from 1955 to 2019. It […] Specimen smoothhounds hit the beaches as the sun comes out September 4, 2023 - Dawid Kopczynski was back in touch with another great report from the east coast… With the return of long awaiting but late summer to the Irish coast loads of anglers flocked to the beaches. Stuart and Josh Maher were among them. Duo specialise in specimen hound fishing. The spirits were high and the fish didn’t […] Specimen tope tagging for Kit in Wicklow July 31, 2023 - Its been a tough week in Wicklow for Kit Dunne of Wicklow Boat Charters, with winds making things tricky offshore, but local knowledge and persistence meant that the fishing still came good despite the conditions. Kit reckons that the Tope fishing is still very good at the moment with plenty of pack and young tope […] It’s windy in Wicklow, but the specimens keep coming. July 4, 2023 - Kit Dunne of Wicklow Boat Charters has found the wind to be a bit of a nuisance of late, hampering his plans to target tope with any regularity. But any time the wind dies away, he’s back on the water, and luckily the tope are still there in good numbers. Earlier this week he managed […] Specimen sea bass for Craig in Kerry! June 29, 2023 - We received a great report from Craig Murphy, who caught his fish of a lifetime in Kerry. Read his report below… I haven’t shared a report in some time but this fish is a special one for me. Stephen Gibson and myself drove from Dublin to Tralee Bay for the day’s ray fishing. Crazy I […] Sharks, specimen pouting and rarely seen Rissos Dolphins thrill West Cork anglers June 23, 2023 - Silver Dawn skipper Dave Edwards reports on the recent fishing down in West Cork… 14 June: Fishing has been good inshore over the last few days with plenty of good Pollack and many other species showing. Mario had a superb, specimen sized Pouting amongst his catch yesterday. Offshore shark fishing is also plenty of Blues […] Big pollack, cod, and more, specimens too at Courtmacsherry June 8, 2023 - Mark Gannon from Courtmacsherry Angling tells us that angling off Courtmacsherry has really taken off the last couple of weeks following the arrival of this summery weather… In the bay Pollack fishing has been very good with great sport on light tackle with fish to 5 kgs, cod to 6 kgs and some good sized Coalfish. […] Settled sea makes specimens on distant wreck accessible for Silver Dawn May 29, 2023 - Silver Dawn skipper Dave Edwards reports on the recent fishing down in West Cork: Inshore fishing has been consistent with decent Pollack and Cod being the main target. Very few mackerel showing again which seems to be the new norm on the south coast. Silver Dawn was able to take advantage of a small tide […]