UK Shore Caught Record Fish

Please note: We endeavor to keep this list of UK shore caught record fish as accurate and up to date as possible. However, claims for new record fish are submitted on a regular basis and the process of verifying a record is lengthy, requiring the British Record Fish Committee to meet in London to decide fish which have been submitted as British records. It can take up to a year between a fish being submitted for a claim and being verified by the committee. We cannot be held responsible if the information below is out of date or otherwise inaccurate.

Scientific Name
Year Caught Angler Location of Capture
Angel Shark Squatina squatina
52-14-0 1984 G. Bishop Llwyngwril Beach, North Wales
Bass Dicentrarchus labrax 19-12 2012 J.S. Locker Portsmouth Docks, Hampshire
Black Bream Spondyliosoma cantharus 6-8-6 2001 R. Guille Creux Harbour, Sark, Channel Islands
Brill Scophthalmus rhombus 8-3-0 2018 R. Edwards Chesil Beach, Dorset
Bullhead (Sea Scorpion) Myoxocephalus scorpius
2-7-8 1982 B. Logan Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear
Bull Huss Scyliorhinus stellaris 19-14-0 1992 G. Ebbs Pwllheli Beach, Gwynedd, Wales
Coalfish Pollachius virens 24-11-12 1995 M. Cammish Filey Brigg, Yorkshire
Cod Gadus morhua 44-8- 0 1966 B. Jones Tom’s Point, Barry, Glamorgan
Conger Eel Conger conger 68-8-0 1992 M. Larkin Devil’s Point, Plymouth
Dab Limanda limanda 2-9-8 1936 M. Watts Morfa Beach, Port Talbot, Glamorgan
Dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula 4-15-3 1988 S. Ramsey Abbey Burnfoot, Kirkcudbright
Flounder Platichthys flesus 5-7-0 1994 B. Sokell River Teign, Devon
Garfish Belone belone 3-9-8 2017 C. Davey Slapton Sands, Devon
Greater Forkbeard Phycis blennoides 2-12-12 2012 M. Parry Rat House Corner, Roker, Sunderland
Gurnard (Tub) Chelidonichthys lucerna 12-3-0 1976 G. Reynolds Langlan Bay, Wales
Gurnard (Red) Chelidonichthys cuculus 2-10-11 1976 D. Johns Helford River, Glebe Cove, Cornwall
Gurnard (Grey) Eutrigla gurnardus 1-10-8 1989 P. El-Balawi Newquay Headland, Cornwall
Haddock Melanogrammus aeglefinus 6-12-0 1976 G. Stevenson Loch Goil, Scotland
Hake Merluccius merluccius 3-8-2 1984 W. Parry Morfa Beach, Port Talbot
Halibut Hippoglossus hippoglossus No record stands Qualifying weight set at 10lbs
Herring Clupea harengus No record stands Qualifying weight set at 1lb
Ling Molva molva 21-10-0 1994 K. Smith Seasons Point, Plymouth, Devon
Mackerel Scomber scombrus 5-11-14 1982 M. Kemp Berry Head Quarry, Brixham
Megrim Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis 2-6-1 1987 F.J. Williams Porthcurno, Cornwall
Monkfish Lophius piscatorius 68-2-0 1984 H. Legerton Canvey Island, Essex
Mullet (Red) Mullus surmuletus 3- 15-0 1996 A. Wright Longy Bay, Alderney, Channel Islands
Mullet (Golden Grey) Chelon aurata 3-8-8 2005 D. Woolcombe Christchurch Harbour, Dorset
Mullet (Thick Lipped Grey) Chelon labrosus 14-2-12 1979 R. Gifford The Leys, Aberthaw, Glamorgan
Mullet (Thin Lipped Grey) Chelon ramada 8-8-13 2017 G. Marquis East Coast, Guernsey
Plaice Pleuronectes platessa 8-6-14 1989 R. Moore Southbourne Beach, Bournemouth
Pollock Pollachius pollachius
18-4-0 1986 C. Lowe Abbotsbury, Dorset
Poor Cod Trisopterus minutus 0-11-0 1982 I. Willaims Rossall, Cleveleys, Lancashire
Porbeagle Shark Lamna nasus No record stands Qualifying weight set at 40lbs
Pouting Trisopterus luscus 4-9-0 1991 R. Andrews Pembrook, Guernsey, Channel Islands
Ray (Spotted) Raja montagui 8-5-0 1980 D. Bowen Mewslade Bay, South Wales
Ray (Blonde) Raja brachyura 32-8-0 1986 C. Reeves * Mannez Targets, Channel Islands
32-8-0 1994 K. Frain * Grosnez, Jersey, Channel Islands [* joint record]
 Ray (Thornback)  Raja clavata 21-12-0 1985 S. Ramsey The Ross, Kirkcidbright
Ray (Small Eyed) Raja microcellata 15-11-4 2016 A. Slack Mothercombe, Devon
Rockling (Three Bearded) Gaidropsarus vulgaris 3-12-14 2001 M. Negus The Lizard, Cornwall
Rockling (Four Bearded) Enchelyopus cimbrius 0-1-7 1981 S. Hodgson Cloch Point, Gourock, Scotland
Rockling (Five Bearded) Ciliata mustela 1-0-0 1995 A. Boswell Aberystwyth, Dyfed, Wales
Rockling (Shore) Gaidropsarus mediterraneus 1-9-12 1992 D. Lane, Chesil Cove, Dorset
Greater Sandeel Hyperoplus lanceolatus 0-8-7 1979 B. Le Breton Amfroque, Herm, Guernsey
Scad Trachurus trachurus 3-0-14 1981 R. Dillon Cockenzie Power Station, Scotland
Silver Eel * Anguilla anguilla 11-2-0 (see below) 1970 S. Terry Ringwood Hampshire
Skate (Common) Dipturus batis 169-6-0 1994 G. MacKenzie Loch Roag, Isle of Lewis
Smoothhound Mustelus mustelus 20-3-0 2000 P. Orchard Hillhead Sea Wall, Hampshire
Sole (Dover) Solea solea
6-8-10 1991 N. Guilmoto Alderney, Channel Islands
Sole (Lemon) Microstomus kitt 2-7-11 1980 W.N. Callister Victoria Pier, Douglas, Isle of Man
Spurdog Squalus acanthias 23-2-0 2018 G. Mitchell Start Bay, South Devon
Sunfish Mola mola 49-4-0 1976 M. Merry Fisherman’s Cover, Cornwall
Tope Galeorhinus galeus 77-3-0 2018 R. Wingfield Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire
Triggerfish Balistes capriscus 5lb 14oz 1995 K. Lydiard Lynmouth Rocks, Devon
Turbot Scophthalmus maximus 28-8-0 1973 J. Dorling Dunwich Beach, East Suffolk
Weever (Lesser) Echiichthys vipera 0-3-6 2001 D. Thompson Shambles Bank, Weymouth, Dorset
Weever (Greater) Trachinus draco 1-9-9 2014 P. Robinson Porthtowan, Cornwall
Whiting Merlangius merlangus 4-8-0 2014 D. Backler Orford, Suffolk
Wrasse (Ballan) Labrus bergylta 9-1-0 1998 P. Hegg Portland, Dorset
Wrasse (Cuckoo) Labrus mixtus 1-12-9 1999 M. Hooper Rosaire, Herm, Channel Islands

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* This is listed as a freshwater record due to the location of the catch.