Angling records in the UK

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This is an impartial (not biased only to the BRFC) and comprehensive record list of 274 British record freshwater fish, past and present, involving 55 different species/sub-species of fish caught using the traditional angling method of rod and line. Records to include the angler, species, weight, date, venue, also referenced with a recognizable publication. The list is intended to include all categories of fish caught by anglers, that enter freshwater including (coarse and game fish) and some migratory sea fish. Time since last record fish was caught = 12 days.


Current records[edit]

Image Species Weight lb's oz Captor Date Water Location Time Record Held References / Notes
Röding, Iduns kokbok.jpg Arctic Char (Salvelinus alpinus) 9 lb 8 oz W Fairbairn 27 May 1995 Loch Arkaig, Inverness Scottish Highlands  Scotland 22 years, 57 days [1][2]
Barbel m.jpg Barbel (Barbus barbus) 21 lb 1 oz Grahame King 22 April 2006 Great Ouse, Adam's Mill, Gayhurst Buckinghamshire 11 years, 92 days [3][4] Europe Note 1
Alburnus alburnus 01 by-dpc.jpg Bleak (Alburnus alburnus) 5 oz 8 dr David Selley 2 January 2017 River Lark Cambridgeshire 202 days [5]
Abramis brama Prague Vltava 1.jpg Bream (Common or Bronze) (Abramis brama) 22 lb 11 oz Scot Crook 7 April 2012 Ferry Lagoon, Fen Drayton Lakes, Cambridgeshire 5 years, 107 days [3][4] Europe Note 1
Blicca bjoerkna.jpg Bream (Silver) (Blicca bjoerkna) 3 lb 4 oz Gareth Evans 21 May 2012 Mill Farm Fishery, Bury, near Pulborough West Sussex 5 years, 63 days [6]
2008-11-08 Germany Lohr Main-Cottus gobio.JPG Bullhead (Millers Thumb) (Cottus gobio) 1oz R Johnson 16 Jan 1983 Green river, Bramley, Shamley Green(near Guildford) Surrey 34 years, 188 days [2][3][7][8]
FeralCarp.JPG Carp, Common (Cyprinus carpio {communia} ) 64 lb Martin Hopkins 2005 Bluebells Lake, Tansor, near Oundle Northamptonshire 12 years [9] * Note 8
Karpfen.jpg Carp, Leather (Cyprinus carpio {corium} ) 54 lb 8 oz Steve Fudge 2006 Car Park Lake, Yateley Complex, Yateley Surrey 11 years [10][11] * Note 8
Mirror carp 2008 G1.jpg Carp, Mirror (Cyprinus carpio {speculo} ) 71 lb 4 oz Robby Harrison 23 Oct 2016 The Avenue, RH Fisheries Shropshire 273 days [12]

[13]* Note 8 [14]

Squalius cephalus Prague Vltava 2.jpg Chub (Squalius cephalus) 9 lb 5 oz Neill Stephen 16 March 2012 Fishers Green Complex, River Lea, Waltham Abbey, Essex 5 years, 129 days [15] * Note 9
Crucian Carp.jpg Crucian carp (Carassius carassius) 4 lb 10 oz Michael James 4 May 2015 Johnsons Lake, Milford, Godalming Surrey 2 years, 80 days [3][16]
Stephen Frapwell 10 May 2015 Johnsons Lake, Milford, Godalming Surrey 2 years, 74 days [3][16]
Leuciscus leuciscus.jpg Dace (Leuciscus leuciscus) 1 lb 5 oz 2 dr Simon Ashton 11 Aug 2002 River Wear, Town centre stretch, Durham Co.Durham 14 years, 346 days [2][3][17][18]
Chub Pengo.jpg Grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) 52 lb 8 oz Eddie Lancaster 3 Aug 2012 Horton Church Lake, Horton Berkshire 4 years, 354 days [19] * Note 8
Underwater Arctic Grayling.jpg Grayling (Thymallus thymallus) 4 lb 4 oz 8 dr Paul Mildren 2009 River Frome, Dorchester Dorset 8 years [1][20]
Gobio gobio.jpg Gudgeon (Gobio gobio) 5 oz D H Hull 1990 River Nadder, Sutton Mandeville Wiltshire 27 years [2][3][21]Europe Note 1
Phoxinus phoxinus Prague Vltava.jpg Minnow (Phoxinus phoxinus) 13.5 drams (24 grams) James Sawyer 1998 Whitworth Lake, Spennymoor Co.Durham 19 years [2][22][23]Europe Note 1
Liza ramada Egypt.jpg Mullet (Thin-Lipped Grey) (Liza ramada) 7 lb 9oz Shaun Sillett 20 August 2012 Oulton Broad, Lowestoft Suffolk 4 years, 337 days [24] Europe Note 1
Wraxall 2009 MMB «01 leuciscus idus.jpg Orfe, Golden (Leuciscus idus) 8 lb 5 oz Michael Wilkinson April 2000 Lymm Vale Cheshire 16 years, 98 days [2][3][21][25]
Perca fluviatilis Prague Vltava 1.jpg Perch (Perca fluviatilis) 6 lb 3 oz Neill Stephen 12 March 2011 Stream Valley Lakes, Crowborough East Sussex 6 years, 133 days [3][4][26]
Ken Brown 18 Sept 2012 Wilstone Reservoir, Tring Reservoirs Hertfordshire 4 years, 308 days [3][6][26][27]
Parc aquarium du Québec - brochet.jpg Pike (Esox lucius) 46 lb 13 oz Roy Lewis Oct 1992 Llandegfedd Reservoir, Llandegveth Monmouthshire,  Wales 24 years, 281 days [2][3][28][29]
Rutilusrutilus38cm 2143x1060.JPG Roach (Rutilus rutilus) 4 lb 5oz Mark Smith 11 April 2006 Long Lakes, Bassingbourn Barracks, Wendy Cambridgeshire 11 years, 103 days [30][31] * Note 8
Rotfeder Rudd.jpg Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus) 4 lb 10 oz Simon Parry 7 October 2001 Clay Lake County Armagh  Northern Ireland 15 years, 289 days [2][3][32]
Gymnocephalus cernuus Hungary.jpg Ruffe (Pope) (Gymnocephalus cernua) 5oz 4 dr R Jenkins 7 Aug 1980 West View Lake Cumbria 36 years, 350 days [2][3][8][33]
Salmo salar GLERL 1.jpg Salmon, Atlantic (Salmo salar) 64 lb Miss Georgina W Ballantine 7 October 1922 River Tay, Glendelvine Perthshire  Scotland 94 years, 289 days [2][34][35]
Pink salmon FWS.jpg Salmon, Pacific Humpback (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) 3 lb 8 oz 12 dr Louis Hunter 2007 River Tweed, near Berwick-upon-Tweed Scottish Borders  Scotland 10 years [36]
PICT0246-1.JPG Stickleback (3-spined) (Gasterosteus aculeatus) 4 drams Dennis Flack 1998 High Flyer Lake, Ely Cambridgeshire 19 years [2][3][37]
Wilhelma Schmerle.jpg Stone loach (Barbatula barbatula) 13 drams Geoffery Green 1 Nov 2005 Windmill Fishery, Bristol Avon 11 years, 264 days [3][38]Europe Note 1
Tinca tinca.jpeg Tench (Tinca tinca) 15 lb 3 oz 6 dr Darren Ward June 2001 Sheepwalk big pit, Shepperton Middlesex 16 years, 33 days [23][39][40] Europe Note 1
Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis 2900px.jpg Trout, Brook (Salvelinus fontinalis) 8 lb 3 oz E Holland 1998 Fontburn reservoir Northumberland 19 years [2][35]
Brown trout.JPG Trout, Brown (Salmo trutta) 31 lb 12 oz Brian Rutland 15 March 2002 Loch Awe, Ardbrecknish Argyll,  Scotland 15 years, 129 days [2][32][35][41]
Rainbow trout fish onchorhynchus mykiss detailed photography.jpg Trout, Rainbow (Onchorhynchus mykiss) 34 lb 12 oz Michael Mitchell 3 Oct 2016 Loch Earn Perthshire  Scotland 293 days [42]

[43]

Wst meerforelle stoer 001.jpg Trout, Sea (Salmo trutta {migrantis} ) 28 lb 5 oz 4 dr J Farrent 1992 Calshot Spit, River Test Hampshire 25 years [2][35]
Silurus glanis white2.JPG Wels Catfish (Silurus glanis) Note 4. 144 lb James Jones 30 July 2012 Oak Lakes Fisheries, Southminster Essex 4 years, 358 days [44] * Note 8
Sander lucioperca 1.jpg Zander (Sander lucioperca) 21 lb 5 oz James Benfield 24 June 2007 Upper Lode Lock, River Severn, near Tewkesbury Gloucestershire 10 years, 29 days [3][45][46]

Record Endangered Species[edit]

Image Species Weight lb's oz Captor Date Water Location Time Record Held References / Notes
Trüsche Walchensee.jpg Burbot (Lota lota) Status iucn CR icon.svg Status iucn EX icon.svg in UK only - see Note 3. 1 lb John Dean 14 Sept 1969 Old West River (Great Ouse), near Aldreth Cambridgeshire 47 years, 306 days [47] * Note 8
Anguilla anguilla.jpg Eel (Anguilla anguilla) Status iucn CR icon.svg Note 3. 11 lb 2 oz Steve Terry 24 June 1978 Kingfisher Lake, Ringwood Hampshire 39 years, 29 days [2][3][8][48]
Cisco.jpg Gwyniad (Coregonus pennantii) Note 3. Status iucn CR icon.svg (UK Only) 1 lb 4oz J Williams 1965 Llyn Tegid (Bala lake), Bala Gwynedd  Wales 52 years, 8 days [49][50][51] Europe Note 1
British fresh water fishes (Plate- Pollan and Powan) (8556729023).jpg Pollan (Coregonus autumnalis pollan) Note 3 Status iucn EN icon.svg No Record Found - - - - - [52]
Coregonus lavaretus maraena 1.jpg Powan (Coregonus clupeoides) Note 3 Status iucn VU icon.svg 3 lb Robert Fullerton 24 Aug 2006 Carron Valley Reservoir, Nr. Denny Stirlingshire  Scotland 10 years, 333 days [53]Europe Note 1 * Note 8
Corégone du Lac du Bourget.jpg Schelly (Skelly) (Coregonus stigmaticus) Note 3 Status iucn EN icon.svg 2 lb 1 oz 9 dr S M Barrie 24 Sept 1986 Haweswater Reservoir, Valley of Mardale Cumbria 30 years, 302 days [2][8][54] Europe Note 1
Fish, Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, England - DSCF0738.JPG Common or European Sturgeon (Acipenser sturio) Status iucn CR icon.svg Note 3. 388 lb Alec Allen 1932 River Towy, Nantgaredig Carmarthenshire  Wales 84 years, 363 days [55][56] Europe Note 1 * Note 8
CoregonusVandesius.jpg Vendace (Coregonus albula) Note 3. Status iucn CR icon.svg (UK Only) 4oz 9 dms John Nicol 2005 South Loch Earn Caravan Park, Loch Earn Perthshire  Scotland 12 years, 8 days [57] * Note 8

Record Ornamental sub-species[edit]

Image Sub-species Weight lb's oz Captor Date Water Location Time Record Held References / Notes
LeuciscusIdusWater.JPG Blue Orfe (Leuciscus idus coerulus) 6 lb 3 oz Trevor Cozens 4 April 2010 Angler's Paradise, Beaworthy Devon 7 years, 110 days [58] * Note 8
Carassius carassius2 (cropped).jpg Carp, F1 (Cyprinus carpio communia) x (Carassius carassius) 7 lb 14 oz Chris Telling 4 Feb 2016 Peg 19 Boundary pool, Manor Farm Leisure, Harvington, near Evesham Worcestershire 1 year, 169 days [59] * Note 8
British fresh water fishes (Plate- Golden tench) (8550935105).jpg Golden tench (Tinca aurea) 8 lb 8 oz Barry Simms June 2009 Angler's Paradise, Beaworthy Devon 8 years, 33 days [60] * Note 8
FMIB 41911 Goldfish (Carassius auratus).jpeg Goldfish (Carassius auratus) 7 lb 5 oz Stuart Thurston 10 Aug 2010 UEA Broad, University of East Anglia, Norwich Norfolk 6 years, 347 days [61][62][63] * Note 8
City of London Cemetery - Koi carp in the new crematorium pond.jpg Ghost Koi Carp (Cyprinus carpio Spiritus) 47lb 12oz Steve Lockwood 1 Oct 2014 D lake, Nunnery lakes, Thetford Norfolk 2 years, 295 days [64] * Note 8
Oncorhynchus mykiss 02 by-dpc.jpg Trout, Blue (Oncorhynchus mykiss coerulus) 19lb 12oz Chris Stephens 1 July 2006 Pennine Trout Farm and Fishery, Littleborough, Rochdale Lancashire 11 years, 22 days [65] * Note 8
Golden trout "Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita".jpg Trout, Golden (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita) 22lb 8oz David Hillary 6 April 2008 Quarry Lake, Raygill Fishing Lakes, Lothersdale North Yorkshire 9 years, 108 days [66] * Note 8
TigerTrout3.jpg Trout, Tiger (Salmo trutta X Salvelinus fontinalis) 11lb 8oz Stevie Rankin 16 Dec 2011 Alderneuk Trout Fishery, Waterside Farm, Terregles Dumfries and Galloway  Scotland 5 years, 219 days [67] * Note 8

Record non-indigenous (invasive) species[edit]

Image Species Weight lb's oz Captor Date Water Location Time Record Held References / Notes
Aspius aspius Prague Vltava 2.jpg Asp (Aspius aspius) 10lb Sonny Fowler December 2014 Churchgate Fishery near Battlesbridge Essex 2 years, 207 days [68] * Note 8
RhodeusAmarusBitterlingMale1.JPG Bitterling (Rhodeus amarus) 12 drams Dennis Flack 1998 Barway Lake near Ely Cambridgeshire 19 years [3][37][69]
Ameiurus melas by Duane Raver.png Black bullhead (Catfish) (Ameiurus melas) 1 lb 3 oz 1 dr K Clements 2001 Lake Meadows, Billericay Essex 16 years [3] * Note 7
Mazdruga danube vidin bulgaria.jpg Ide (natural) (Leuciscus idus) 6 lb 10 oz Colin Hebb 11 July 2017 River Hull Yorkshire 12 days [70] [71] * Note 8
Lepomis-gibbosus-sonnenbarsch.jpg Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus) 14 oz 2dr Bill Rushmer 8 July 2003 Tanyards Fishery, Furner's Green East Sussex 14 years, 15 days [2][3][72]
FMIB 43017 Pike Perch or Wall-Eyed Pike (Stizostedium vitreum).jpeg Walleye (Sander vitreus) 11lb 12oz F Adams 1934 River Delph Welney Norfolk 83 years [3][73][74]

Historical Previous records[edit]

Image Species Weight lb's oz Captor Date Water Location Time Record Held References
Röding, Iduns kokbok.jpg Arctic Char (Salvelinus alpinus) 8 lb 4 oz F Nicholson 1992 Loch Arkaig, Inverness Scottish Highlands  Scotland 3 years [75][76]
4 lb 13oz P Savage 1987 Loch Garry Perthshire,  Scotland 5 years [8]
3 lb 5 oz A Robertson 1985 Loch Earn Perthshire  Scotland 2 years [77]
3 lb 4 oz S.C Rex 1982 Loch Dubh Lochan, Inverness Inverness-shire  Scotland 3 years [33]
1 lb 12 oz 4 dr C Imperiale 1974 Loch Insh, Badenoch and Strathspey Scottish Highlands  Scotland 8 years [78]
1 lb 11 oz B.A Richardson 1973 Lake Windermere, Kendal Cumbria 1 year [79]
1 lb 3 oz P Elwood 1972 Loch Insh, Badenoch and Strathspey Scottish Highlands  Scotland 1 year [80]
1 lb 1 oz 4 dr J.K Hargreaves 1971 Carn Tarsuinn, Cairngorms Scottish Highlands  Scotland 1 year [81]
Barbel m.jpg Barbel (Barbus barbus) 21 lb Grahame King 9 Nov 2005 Great Ouse, Adam's Mill, Gayhurst Buckinghamshire Less than 1 year [4][38]
20 lb 14oz 8dr Grahame King 22 Oct 2005 Great Ouse, Adam's Mill, Gayhurst Buckinghamshire 18 days [4][38]
20 lb 6oz Tony Gibson Oct 2004 Upper Great Ouse, Kickles Farm, Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire 1 year [82][83]
19 lb 6 oz 8 dr Steve Curtin 27 Oct 2001 Great Ouse, Adam's Mill, Gayhurst Buckinghamshire 3 years [32][54][84]
19 lb Tony Gibson 4 Jan 2001 Upper Great Ouse, Kickles Farm, Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire Less than 1 year [54][82][83]
17 lb 13 oz 14 dr Stuart Morgan 20 Dec 2000 Great Ouse, Adam's Mill, Gayhurst Buckinghamshire 15 days [54][82]
17 lb 8 oz 15 dr Stuart Morgan 11 Dec 2000 Great Ouse, Adam's Mill, Gayhurst Buckinghamshire 9 days [54][82]
17 lb 6 oz 12 dr Guy Robb Oct 2000 Great Ouse, Adam's Mill, Gayhurst Buckinghamshire Less than 1 year [85][86]
17 lb 4 oz Ray Walton 1999 Great Ouse, Adam's Mill, Gayhurst Buckinghamshire 1 year [87][88]
16 lb 12 oz Martin Bowler Jan 1999 Great Ouse, Adam's Mill, Gayhurst Buckinghamshire less than 1 year [89]
16 lb 6 oz Steve Keer Aug 1998 River Wensum, Taverham Mills Fishery, Taverham Norfolk Less than 1 year [82][90]
16 lb 3 oz Howard Maddox Nov 1997 Lower river, River Severn, Worcester Worcestershire Less than 1 year [82][91]
16 lb 2 oz Peter Woodhouse June 1994 River Medway Kent 3 years [82][92]
13 lb 12 oz Joe Day Oct 1962 Royalty Fishery, Hampshire Avon, Christchurch Dorset 32 years [81][93]
14 lb 6 oz *(equalled) Mr F.W.K Wallis 1937 Royalty Fishery, Hampshire Avon, Christchurch Dorset 25 years [51][94][95] Note 2 *
14 lb 6 oz *(equalled) Aylmer Tryon 13 September 1934 Royalty Fishery, Hampshire Avon, Christchurch Dorset 60 years [51][95][96] Note 2 *
14 lb 6 oz * Mr T Wheeler 1888 River Thames, Molesey Lock Surrey 46 years [51][95][97] Note 2 *
Alburnus alburnus 01 by-dpc.jpg Bleak (Alburnus alburnus) 4 oz 9 dr Dennis Flack 1998 River Lark Border of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire 18 years [2][98][37]
4 oz B Derrington 8 Oct 1982 River Monnow, Monmouth Monmouthshire,  Wales 16 years [54][77]
3 oz 15.5 dr D Pollard 1971 Staythorpe Pond, Newark-on-Trent Nottinghamshire 11 years [81]
3 oz 8 dr N D Sizmur 1963 River Thames , Walton-on-Thames Surrey 8 years [51]
3 oz 4 dr J Oliver 1958 River Thames , Kingston upon Thames London 5 years [95]
Abramis brama Prague Vltava 1.jpg Bream (Common or Bronze) (Abramis brama) 20 lb 1 oz Simon Lavin 2011 Stoneacres Lake Oxfordshire 1 year [99]
22 lb 9 oz Mark McKenna 11 Sept 2009 Ferry Lagoon, Fen Drayton Lakes, Cambridgeshire 3 years [100] * Note 8
19 lb 10 oz James Rust 2005 Ferry Lagoon, Fen Drayton Lakes, Cambridgeshire 4 years [23][101]
18 lb 15 oz 3 dr Mark Neal 1 May 2004 Bawburgh Lakes, Norwich Norfolk 1 year [2][54]
18 lb 15 oz Tom Huntley July 2001 Bawburgh Lakes, Norwich Norfolk 3 years [32][75][102]
18 lb 8 oz Kerry Walker 13 May 2001 Bawburgh Lakes, Norwich Norfolk Less than 1 year [54][102]
16 lb 12 oz Martin Whitmore 2000 Swithland Reservoir Leicestershire 1 year [54]
16 lb 10 oz Lee McManus 1999 Swithland Reservoir Leicestershire 1 year [103]
15 lb 6 oz Alastair Nicholson 31 August 1984 Queensford Lagoon, Dorchester on Thames Oxfordshire 15 years [104] * Note 8
13 lb 14 oz Alastair Nicholson 10 August 1984 Queensford Lagoon, Dorchester on Thames Oxfordshire Less than 1 year [104] * Note 8
13 lb 9 oz Michael Davidson July 1982 Beeston Hall Lake, near Neatishead Norfolk 2 years [54]
13 lb 8 oz E.G.Costin Oct 1945 Castle Lakes, Chiddingstone Kent 37 years [51][105]
12 lb 14 oz Mr. C.J Pugh 28 July 1933 Tring Reservoirs, Tring Hertfordshire 12 years [97]
12 lb 12 oz 8 dr Mr. A.J Fisher 30 July 1931 Startops End Reservoir, Tring Reservoirs, Tring Hertfordshire 2 years [97][105]
11 lb 12 oz Mr. A Pike July 1882 River Blackwater County Tyrone,  Northern Ireland 49 years [97]
Blicca bjoerkna.jpg Bream (Silver) (Blicca bjoerkna) 3 lb 1 oz Matthew Faulkner 12 May 2012 Mill Farm Fishery, Bury, near Pulborough West Sussex Less than 1 year [106]
2 lb 15 oz Gary Barnett 9 Oct 2011 Mill Farm Fishery, Bury West Sussex Less than 1 year [6]
2 lb 14 oz Phil Morton 8 May 2009 Mill Farm Fishery, Bury West Sussex 2 years [107]
2 lb 11 oz Doug Plant 2009 Mill Farm Fishery, Bury West Sussex Less than 1 year [107]
2 lb 8 oz James Waters Dec 2008 Mill Farm Fishery, Bury West Sussex 1 year [108] * Note 8
2 lb 2 oz Christine Smith 2005 Mill Farm Fishery, Bury West Sussex 3 years [23]
1 lb 12 oz Michael Davidson 26 April 2003 Mill Farm Fishery, Bury West Sussex 2 years [2][54]
15 oz Dennis Flack 1998 Grime Spring, Lakenheath Suffolk 5 years [37][54]
2008-11-08 Germany Lohr Main-Cottus gobio.JPG Bullhead (Millers Thumb) (Cottus gobio) 12 drams E Whalley 1981 Tanyard Beck / Daking Brook / Cawthorne Dike, Cawthorne South Yorkshire 2 years [109]
10 drams E Harrison 1978 Leeds and Liverpool Canal North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Merseyside 3 years [93]
Trüsche Walchensee.jpg Burbot (Lota lota) Status iucn CR icon.svg Status iucn EX icon.svg in UK only - see Note 3. 15 oz Peter Davis 1960 Little Ouse, Lakenheath Suffolk 9 years [110] * Note 8
Caprinus carpio Prague Vltava 1.jpg Carp (Cyprinus carpio) 69 lb 13 oz Tom Doherty 26 Sept 2016 The Avenue, RH Fisheries Shropshire Less than 1 month [111] * Note 8 [14]
68 lb 1 oz Dean Fletcher 13 Jan 2016 Cranwells Lake, Wasing estate, Wasing Berkshire Less than 1 year [112][113]
67 lb 8 oz Austin Holness August 2008 Conningbrook Lake, Willesborough Kent 8 years [4][114]
67 lb John Bird 13 April 2008 Conningbrook Lake, Willesborough Kent less than 1 year [4][115]
65 lb 14 oz Simon Bater 23 October 2005 Conningbrook Lake, Willesborough Kent 3 years [4][38][116]
65 lb 8 oz Dan Marwick Sept 2005 Conningbrook Lake, Willesborough Kent Less than 1 year [4]
64 lb 5 oz Jonathan Pack 21 Feb 2004 Conningbrook Lake, Willesborough Kent 1 year [2][54][116]
61 lb 7 oz Lee Jackson 29 August 2002 Conningbrook Lake, Willesborough Kent 2 years [54][75][117]
61 lb Gary Bayes 2001 Conningbrook Lake, Willesborough Kent Less than 1 year [32][116]
59 lb 12 oz Mark Toland 5 Sept 2001 Conningbrook Lake, Willesborough Kent Less than 1 year [32][54]
59 lb 7 oz Terry Glebioska 2 April 2001 Conningbrook Lake, Willesborough Kent Less than 1 year [54]
56 lb 6 oz Kevin Cummins Sept 1998 Wraysbury Berkshire 3 years [22][54]
55 lb 13 oz Terry Hearn November 1996 Wraysbury Berkshire 2 years [118]
51 lb 8 oz Chris Yates 16 June 1980 Redmire pool Herefordshire 16 Years [8][118] * Note 8
44 lb Richard Walker 13 Sept 1952 Redmire pool Herefordshire 28 Years [51][95][118]
31 lb 8 oz Bob Richards 3 Oct 1951 Redmire pool Herefordshire 1 Year [54]
26 lb Albert Buckley 24 July 1930 Mapperley Lake, Shipley Hall, near Mapperley border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire 4 Years [97][119]
21 lb 10 oz Mr A.E.Wyatt 14 August 1926 Chingford Lake, Chingford Essex 4 years [97]
20 lb 3 oz John Andrews 9 September 1916 Cheshunt reservoir Hertfordshire 10 years [97][118]
19 lb 8 oz Mr H.S Locksmith 1907 Wey Navigation Canal, Weybridge Surrey 9 years [97]
17 lb 8 oz Otto Overbeck 26 September 1902 Croxby Pond Lincolnshire 5 years [118]
Squalius cephalus Prague Vltava 2.jpg Chub (Squalius cephalus) 8 lb 13 oz Tim Archer 11 Mar 2003 Dobbs Weir Fishery, River Lea, Broxbourne Hertfordshire 9 years [54]
8 lb 10 oz Peter Smith 1994 River Tees, Blackwell Co.Durham 9 years [22][54]
8 lb 8 oz D Deeks 1951 River Rother (East Sussex) East Sussex 43 years [95]
8 lb 4 oz Mr G.F. Smith Dec 1913 Royalty Fishery, Hampshire Avon, Christchurch Dorset 38 years [8][97][120] * Note 8
7 lb 6 oz 8 dr Mr F.W. Smith Oct 1906 Royalty Fishery, Hampshire Avon, Christchurch Dorset 7 years [97]
7 lb 5 oz Mr E.J Walker 17 Aug 1904 Royalty Fishery, Hampshire Avon, Christchurch Dorset 2 years [97]
7 lb 2 oz Mr F.W.K Wallis 1903 River Trent, Shardlow Derbyshire 1 year [97]
7 lb 1 oz Stanley Mead Sept 1897 River Thames, Wargrave Berkshire 6 years [97]
Crucian Carp.jpg Crucian carp (Carassius carassius) 4 lb 9 oz (equaled) Peter Cardozo 2 May 2015 Johnsons Lake, Milford, Godalming Surrey 2 days [121]
4 lb 9 oz (equaled) Joshua Blavins 17 Aug 2011 Moor Mill Gravel Pits, Frogmore Hertfordshire 4 years [122][123]
4 lb 9 oz (equaled) Philip Smith 7 Aug 2004 RMC Summer pit, Yateley Surrey 7 years [2][6]
4 lb 9 oz Martin Bowler 16 May 2003 Little Moulsham Lake, Yateley Surrey 8 years [2][99][124][125]
4 lb 8 oz Jay Allen 2000 RMC Summer pit, Yateley Surrey 4 years [75][126]
4 lb 11 oz Mr. H.C.Hinson 25 September 1938 Broadwater Lake, Godalming Surrey 62 years [127][51] Note 2 *
Leuciscus leuciscus.jpg Dace (Leuciscus leuciscus) 1 lb 4 oz 2 dr Jack L Gasson 1960 Little Ouse near Thetford Norfolk 42 years [54][87]
1 lb 8 oz 5 dr * R.W.Humphrey 1932 Hampshire Avon, Dorset 28 years [75][95][97][128] Note 2 *
1 lb 6 oz 8 dr S.Corley 1910 River Gade, Watford Hertfordshire 22 years [97]
1 lb 6 oz (equalled) Mr. Hullet 1907 Millstream, Sopley, Christchurch Dorset 3 years [97]
1 lb 6 oz R.Robinson 1905 River Beane, Hertford Hertfordshire 5 years [97]
1 lb 4 oz A.R.Matthews 1899 River Beane Hertfordshire 6 years [97][128]
1 lb 3 oz 8 dr E. Steinhart 1889 River Beane Hertfordshire 10 years [128]
Anguilla anguilla.jpg Eel (Anguilla anguilla) Status iucn CR icon.svg Note 3. 8 lb 10 oz Alan Dart 1969 Hunstrete Lake, Hunstrete Somerset 9 years [80][129]
8 lb 8 oz Mr Ward 1948 Fritton Decoy, Great Yarmouth Norfolk 21 years (shared) [54][129]
8 lb 8 oz C Mitchell 1922 Bitterwell Lake, Coalpit Heath, Bristol Somerset 47 years [51][54][95][129]
Chub Pengo.jpg Grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) 46 lb Ollie Gurr 3 Aug 2011 Horton Church Lake, Horton Berkshire 1 year [19][130] * Note 8
44 lb 8 oz Philip Kingsbury 2006 Horton Church Lake, Horton Berkshire 5 years [3]
39 lb 2 oz Kevin Ballard 19 June 2002 Horton Church Lake, Horton Berkshire 4 years [2][32]

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36 lb 8 oz Colin Nash 10 June 2001 Horton Church Lake, Horton Berkshire 1 year [75][132]
33 lb 12 oz Simon Lavin 1999 Horton Church Lake, Horton Berkshire 2 years [133]
31 lb Del Smith 1997 Horton Church Lake, Horton Berkshire 2 years [132]
25 lb 4 oz D Buck 1993 Honeycroft fisheries Tonbridge Kent 4 years [132]
9 lb 12 oz G.W Gwilt 1983 Llyn Trawsfynydd, Trawsfynydd Gwynedd,  Wales 10 years [8][104]
Underwater Arctic Grayling.jpg Grayling (Thymallus thymallus) 4 lb 3oz *(equaled) M Loughton 1993 River Frome Dorset 16 years [20]
4 lb 3oz S. R. Lanigan 1989 River Frome Dorset 20 years [2][35][75]
3 lb 12oz M.T Hooper 1988 River Frome, Loudsmill, Dorchester Dorset 1 year [50]
3 lb 10 oz I White 1983 River Allen (Dorset), Wimborne Minster Dorset 5 years [104]
2 lb 13 oz P.B Goldsmith 1981 River Test, Romsey Hampshire 2 years [109]
2 lb 12 oz B Wade 14 Jan 1936 Throop Fishery, River Stour Dorset 45 years [134]
Gobio gobio.jpg Gudgeon (Gobio gobio) 4 oz 4 dr M Bowen 1977 Ebbe Vale Pond, Ebbw Vale Blaenau Gwent  Wales 13 years [8][93]
4 oz M Morris 1971 Susworth Roach Ponds Susworth Lincolnshire 6 years [81]
4 oz 4 dr *(equalled) J.D Lewtin 1950 River Soar Leicestershire 21 years [51][95] Note 2 *
4 oz 4 dr * (equalled) W.R Bostock 1935 Hoggs Pond, Shipley Derbyshire 36 years [51][95] Note 2 *
4 oz 4 dr * G.Cedrick 1933 River Thames, Datchet Berkshire 38 years [51][95] Note 2 *
Mazdruga danube vidin bulgaria.jpg Ide (natural) (Leuciscus idus) 6 lb 3 oz Colin Hebb 1 March 2016 River Hull Yorkshire 1 year [135] * Note 8
Liza ramada Egypt.jpg Mullet (Thin-Lipped Grey) (Liza ramada) 7 lb 0 oz 3 dr Steve Maliska 22 May 2012 Truro River, Malpas Cornwall Less than 1 year [136]
7 lb N Mableson 1991 Oulton Broad, Lowestoft Suffolk 21 years [75]
6 lb 4 oz H Mepham 1981 River Rother (East Sussex) East Sussex 10 years [109]
5 lb 11 oz D Knowles 1975 River Rother (East Sussex) East Sussex 6 years [78]
Phoxinus phoxinus Prague Vltava.jpg Minnow (Phoxinus phoxinus) 13 drams (23 grams) R Merrifield 1981 River Calder (Lancashire) Lancashire 17 years [109]
11 drams (19.5 grams) I.S Colinge 1979 River Calder (Lancashire) Lancashire 2 years [33]
9 drams (16 grams) R Guy 1978 River Rother (West Sussex), Midhurst West Sussex 1 year [93]
Wraxall 2009 MMB «01 leuciscus idus.jpg Orfe / Ide (Leuciscus idus) 8 lb 4 oz Norman Agnew April 2000 Lymm vale Cheshire Less than 1 year [137] * Note 8
8 lb 1 oz Kev Shore March 2000 Lymm vale Cheshire Less than 1 year [137] * Note 8
7 lb 14 oz 8 dr Mick Pardoe 1998 Lymm vale Cheshire 2 years [22][54]
4 lb 12 oz J Moran 1986 Burton Towers, Rossett, Wrexham Denbighshire, Clwyd  Wales 12 years [50]
4 lb 3 oz 8 dr D.R Charles 1983 River Kennet Berkshire 3 years [104]
4 lb 3 oz Brian Mills 1976 River Test Hampshire 7 years [78]
3 lb 14 oz 8dr D Stephens 1973 Winford Brook, Chew Magna Somerset 3 years [138]
3 lb 2 oz 7dr Bill Penny 21 July 1937 Virginia Water Lake, Windsor Great Park, Borough of Runnymede Surrey 36 years [139]
Perca fluviatilis Prague Vltava 1.jpg Perch (Perca fluviatilis) 5 lb 15 oz Les Brown 17 Feb 2006 Stream Valley Lakes, Crowborough East Sussex 5 years [26][38]
5 lb 9 oz 8 dr Dean Rawlings 28 March 2002 Glebe Lakes, Fringford Oxfordshire 4 years [2][26][32][75]
5 lb 9 oz John Shayler 6 March 1985 Furnace Pond, Horsmonden Kent 17 years [26][77]
4 lb 14 oz 12 dr Mrs Ethel Owen 1984 Kings Lake, Romsey Hampshire 1 year [104]
4 lb 12 oz Sid Baker 1962 Oulton Broad, Lowestoft Suffolk 22 years [81][140]
4 lb 2 oz 8 dr G Butler 14 Nov 1932 Hobhole Drain, Witham Navigable Drains Lincolnshire 30 years [141]
Parc aquarium du Québec - brochet.jpg Pike (Esox lucius) 45 lb 6 oz Gareth Edwards March 1990 Llandegfedd Reservoir, Llandegveth Monmouthshire,  Wales 2 years [29]
44 lb 14 oz M.Linton 4 Jan 1987 Ardleigh Reservoir, Ardleigh near Colchester Essex 3 years [8][29]
42 lb 2 oz Derek Amies Aug 1985 River Thurne, near Potter Heigham Norfolk 2 years [29][77]
41 lb 6 oz N.Fickling Feb 1985 River Thurne, near Potter Heigham Norfolk Less than 1 year [29][77]
40 lb 4 oz K.Vogel 1972 Loch Ken Dumfries and Galloway  Scotland 15 years [29]
40 lb P.Hancock Feb 1967 Horsey Mere, Horsey Norfolk 5 years [29][105]
47 lb 11 oz * Tommy Morgan July 1945 Loch Lomond Dumbartonshire  Scotland 22 years [4][51] Note 2 *
39 lb 7oz G.F Parrott Mar 1909 Dorset Stour Dorset 58 years [105]
37 lb Alex Jardine 1879 Shardeloes Lake, Amersham Buckinghamshire 30 years [142]
36 lb G.Forbes 1875 Luton Hoo, Luton Bedfordshire 4 years (joint) [105]
36 lb G.Keen Mar 1874 Rapley Lake, Bagshot Berkshire 5 years [105]
Coregonus lavaretus maraena 1.jpg Powan (Coregonus clupeoides) Note 3 Status iucn VU icon.svg 1 lb 7 oz J.M Ryder 1972 Loch Lomond Dumbartonshire  Scotland 34 years [8][78]
1 lb 5 oz 12 dr D.J Warren 1970 Loch Lomond Dumbartonshire  Scotland 2 years [81]
Lepomis-gibbosus-sonnenbarsch.jpg Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus) 5oz Duncan Charman 21 May 2003 Sway Lakes, Sway Hampshire Less than 1 year [54][72]
4 oz 9dr Daniel L Wallace 28 June 1987 Whessoe Pond, Darlington Co.Durham 16 years [8][72][87]
2 oz 10dr A Baverstock 1977 GLC Highgate pond, Hampstead Heath London 10 years [93]
Rutilusrutilus38cm 2143x1060.JPG Roach (Rutilus rutilus) 4 lb 3oz Ray Clarke 27 October 1990 Dorset Stour, Corfe Mullen Dorset 16 years [2][143][144][145]
4 lb 1oz R G Jones 16 June 1975 Colwick Country Park, Colwick Nottinghamshire 15 years [8][146]
3 lb 13oz Bill Penny 6 Sep 1938 Lambeth reservoir, Molesey Surrey 37 years [54][95][97]
3 lb 10oz Wilfred Cutting 5 August 1917 Hornsea Mere, Beverley East Yorkshire 21 years [95][97][119]
Rotfeder Rudd.jpg Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus) 4 lb 10 oz D Webb 28 Sept 1986 Pitsford Reservoir, Pitsford Northamptonshire 15 years [8]
4 lb 8 oz Reverend Edward C Alston 1933 Ring Mere, Wretham near Thetford Norfolk 53 years [22][80][95][119]
Gymnocephalus cernuus Hungary.jpg Ruffe (Pope) (Gymnocephalus cernua) 5 oz P Barrowcliffe 1977 River Bure Norfolk 3 years [93]
4 oz B.B Poynor 1969 River Stour Warwickshire 8 years [81]
3 oz 9 dr A Cartwright 1963 River Mease Border of Leicestershire and Staffordshire 6 years [51]
Salmo salar GLERL 1.jpg Salmon, Atlantic (Salmo salar) 61 lb 8 oz Mr T Stewart October 1907 River Tay Perthshire  Scotland 15 years [97]
61 lb Mr J Haggart 1870 River Tay Perthshire  Scotland 37 years [97]
Fish, Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, England - DSCF0738.JPG Common or European Sturgeon (Acipenser sturio) Status iucn CR icon.svg Note 3. 202 lb 13 oz Major Charles Robert Eustace Radclyffe 2 July 1911 River Frome, Bindon Mill Dorset 21 years [147] * Note 8
66 lb Lewis Gibson May 1867 River Thames, Putney London 44 years [148]
Corégone du Lac du Bourget.jpg Schelly (Skelly) (Coregonus stigmaticus) Note 3 Status iucn EN icon.svg 1 lb 10 oz W Wainwright 1976 Ullswater Cumbria 10 years [78]
1 lb 7 oz 8dr Geoff Byrne 1973 Ullswater Cumbria 3 years [138]
1 lb 5 oz 10dr S.A Smith 1972 Ullswater Cumbria 1 year [80]
1 lb 1 oz P.F White 1969 River Eden Cumberland 3 years [81]
Tinca tinca.jpeg Tench (Tinca tinca) 14 lb 7 oz Gordon Beavan Sept 1993 Bury Lake, Rickmansworth Hertfordshire 8 years [54]
14 lb 3 oz Phil Gooriah 20 August 1987 Wraysbury 1 Lake, Wraysbury Berkshire 6 years [8][39][149]
12 lb 8 oz 11 dr Alan Wilson 1985 Wilstone Reservoir, Tring Reservoirs Hertfordshire 2 years [82][150]
10 lb 1 oz 4 dr Tony Chester 1981 Wilstone Reservoir, Tring Reservoirs Hertfordshire 4 years [82]
10 lb 1 oz 2 dr Lewis Brown 1975 Peterborough brick pits Cambridgeshire 6 years [82]
9 lb 1 oz John Salisbury 1963 Eggetts Lake, Hemingford Grey Cambridgeshire 12 years [51][80][82][95]
8 lb 8 oz Maurice Foode 1950 Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal Leicestershire 13 years [82][95]
7 lb (equaled) Reverend Edward C Alston July 1933 Ring Mere, Wretham near Thetford Norfolk 13 years [97][151]
7 lb Mr Stacey 1882 Pottery Pits, Weston-super-Mare Somerset 68 years [97]
Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis 2900px.jpg Trout, Brook (Salvelinus fontinalis) 5 lb 13 oz 8 dr Alan Pearson 13 Aug 1981 Avington Trout Fishery, Avington Hampshire 17 years [8][104]
5 lb 6 oz Alan Pearson 1979 Avington Trout Fishery, Avington Hampshire 2 years [33]
4 lb 15 oz Stephen Bedford 18 June 1923 Blagdon Lake, Blagdon, Chew Valley, Somerset 56 years [152][153] * Note 8
Brown trout.JPG Trout, Brown (Salmo trutta) 30 lb 8 oz Ken Oliver 20 July 2000 Loch Awe, Ardbrecknish Argyll,  Scotland 2 years [154]
25 lb 5 oz 12 dr Andrew Finlay 1996 Loch Awe, Ardbrecknish Argyll,  Scotland 4 years [155][156]
19 lb 9oz 4dr J.A.F Jackson 1978 Loch Quoish, Inverness-shire Scottish Highlands  Scotland 18 years [8][93]
19 lb 4oz 8dr Tommy Chartres 1974 Lower Lough Erne, Enniskillen Fermanagh,  Northern Ireland 4 years [157]
18 lb 2oz K.J Grant 1965 Loch Garry, Fort William Perthshire,  Scotland 9 years [81]
12 lb 12oz Reverend S.E.V Filleul 11 Sept 1907 River Frome, Dorchester Dorset 58 years [158][159]
7 lb 4oz W. Knight 5 May 1900 River Thames, Caversham Lock Caversham Berkshire 7 years [160]
Rainbow trout fish onchorhynchus mykiss detailed photography.jpg Trout, Rainbow (Onchorhynchus mykiss) 33 lb 4 oz J Lawson 2003 Watercress Trout Fishery, Chudleigh Devon 13 years [2][35]
30 lb 12 oz Tony Flower July 1994 Osprey lake, Tavistock Trout Fishery, Tavistock Devon 9 years [161]
21 lb 4 oz 4dr D Graham April 1986 Loch Awe Argyll,  Scotland 8 years [8][77]
19 lb 8 oz Alan Pearson 1977 Avington Trout Fishery, Avington Hampshire 9 years [142]
19 lb 2 oz Roy Hopkins April 1977 Avington Trout Fishery, Avington Hampshire Less than 1 year [162]
18 lb 7 oz Alan Pearson April 1977 Avington Trout Fishery, Avington Hampshire Less than 1 year [162]
18 lb Alan Pearson 1976 Avington Trout Fishery, Avington Hampshire 1 year [78]
18 lb 4 oz Richard Walker April 1976 Avington Trout Fishery, Avington Hampshire 1 year [163] * Note 8
13 lb 2 oz Doctor W Drummond 1974 Hampshire Avon, Downton Wiltshire 2 years [157]
8 lb 8 oz Colonel Creagh Scott 1924 Blagdon Lake, Blagdon, Chew Valley, Somerset 50 years [152][164]
5 lb 12 oz Ernest S Halfold 1923 River Test, Newton Stacey, Test Valley, Hampshire 1 year [165]
4 lb K M Bignall 8 Oct 1908 Frog Hollow Lake, Belvoir Castle Estate, Leicestershire 15 years [166]
Wst meerforelle stoer 001.jpg Trout, Sea (Salmo trutta) 22 lb 8 oz (Equalled) Mr. S Burgoyne 22 July 1989 River Leven Dunbartonshire,  Scotland 3 years [167]
22 lb 8 oz S.R Dwight 1946 River Frome, Bindon Dorset 46 years [95][168] * Note 8
Silurus glanis white2.JPG Wels Catfish (Silurus glanis) 130 lb Shaky Wade June 2006 Witch leisure lake, Hockwold cum Wilton, Thetford Norfolk 6 years [169] * Note 8
87 lb Allan Jackson June 2000 Willow bank fisheries, Kirton in Lindsey Lincolnshire 6 years [170] * Note 8
86 lb 8 oz Brian Close May 2000 Willow bank fisheries, Kirton in Lindsey Lincolnshire Less than 1 year [170] * Note 8
62 lb Rich Garner June 1997 Withy pool, Henlow Bedfordshire 3 years [2][3]
43 lb 8oz Richard Bray 1970 Wilstone Reservoir, Tring Reservoirs Hertfordshire 27 years [79]

[171][172]

33 lb 12oz Reg Hutt 1961 Claydon Middle lake, Steeple Claydon Buckinghamshire 9 years [172]
Sander lucioperca 1.jpg Zander (Sander lucioperca) 19 lb 5 oz 8 dr Dave Lavender March 1998 Middle Level Fenland drain Cambridgeshire 9 years [2][22][87][173]
18 lb 10 oz Ray Armstrong March 1993 River Severn Worcestershire 5 years [173]
18 lb 8 oz Bob Meadows March 1988 Roswell Pits, Ely Cambridgeshire 5 years [173]
17 lb 12 oz Dave Litton Oct 1977 Great Ouse Relief Channel, Buckinghamshire 10 years [173]
15 lb 5 oz Bill Chillingworth 1971 Great Ouse Relief Channel, Buckinghamshire 6 years [81]

Ambiguous record claims not accepted (or expunged)[edit]

There have been many ambiguous record claims over the years. Here are a few of those that never made the record list, with the reason why in bold:

Video footage of Chub, Carp and Zander records[edit]

Dangerous Non indigenous (invasive) Alien species[edit]

These fish are classed as a significant risk to our native species and if caught must be removed immediately to protect the wider environment and should be reported to the Environment Agency (EA). Anyone found introducing non indigenous (invasive) species to any external body of UK water will be breaching the Import of Live Fish (England and Wales) Act 1980 and will be prosecuted. The fish in question include: Black bullhead Catfish(Ameiurus melas), Doctor fish(Garra rufa), Fathead minnow(Pimephales promelas),[174] Largemouth bass(Micropterus salmoides), Smallmouth bass(Micropterus dolomieu), Siberian sturgeon(Acipenser baerii), Sterlet(Acipenser ruthenus), Topmouth gudgeon(Pseudorasbora parva), Sunbleak (Leucaspius delineatus),[174] Walleye(Sander vitreus).

Notes[edit]

  • Europe Note 1 see Angling records of Europe.
  • Note 2 * - This is possibly one of the many records rejected by the BRFC when it was decided to nullify most of the existing British record fish in the purge of 1968, due to lack of creditable evidence.
  • Note 3 This fish is listed as either extinct in the UK only Status iucn EX icon.svg , Critically Endangered species (IUCN) statusStatus iucn CR icon.svg, Endangered species (IUCN) statusStatus iucn EN icon.svg , Vulnerable species (IUCN) statusStatus iucn VU icon.svg , by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). If caught, must be reported to the Environment Agency (EA), photographed (include distinctive area landmark if possible) and returned to the water unharmed.
  • Note 4 - It is assumed that Wels catfish records were suspended by the BRFC in 2000 due to suspected importation of a fish near to or over the British Record, which could also quite possibly be an infringement of Import of Live Fish (England and Wales) Act 1980.
  • Note 5 - No records have been found for Pollan (Coregonus pollan) which are found only in Northern Ireland, listed as an Endangered species (IUCN) statusStatus iucn EN icon.svg and if caught, must be reported to the Environment Agency (EA), photographed (if possible) and returned to the water unharmed.
  • Note 6 - No records have been found for Spined loach (Cobitis taenia).
  • Note 7 - See Dangerous non indigenous (invasive) species above
  • Note 8 - This record is or was not recognised by the BRFC.
  • Note 9 - This chub record is not recognized by the BRFC, however, any species natural to river only will not be recognized when caught in Stillwater, (namely chub, barbel, grayling) as they will be considered as being cultivated in a non-natural environment.

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