The Bruce Howard Specimen Trophy 2015

Entries are invited to our annual Specimen Fish competition, any fish caught by a club member from any Bingley AC water after October 31st 2014 will be considered. The closing date for entries is 31st October 2015.

The trophy will be presented annually at the November AGM and Prize Presentation, and the winner will retain the trophy until the following November.

The competition includes both coarse and game fish caught on rod and line from a club water using a permitted method.

The winning specimen will not necessarily be the largest fish caught during the year but will be judged on its weight in proportion to the National Record for the species, as well as its weight in proportion to known specimens from the water in which it was captured.

Entries will be judged by an independent group of Committee members, and the final decision will be made by the Club President in the first instance.

All submissions must be made on an official entry form (please click here to download a printable form), and sent with supporting photograph/s and any other information you feel is relevant to the Club Secretary to arrive no later than 31st October 2015. Paper versions of the form are available from the Secretary by post (please send an SAE for return).

Entries must include at least 1 photograph of the fish, its weight and dimensions and independent verification from a witness present at the scene of capture. Photographs provided may be used in future publicity at the discretion of the Club.

Members may make any number of submissions provided that each submission is for a different species of fish. An entry for a larger specimen of the same species will replace the earlier submission.

Many Bingley waters contain specimen fish, examples reported in 2013 include a 3lb 8oz Perch weighed in a club match at Wray Wood in September, Coppice Pond has produced Tench in excess of 6lbs and a 27lb Mirror Carp and an angler has reported catching Roach to 1lb 8oz at Teapot Dam.

The Trophy is currently held by Paul Kitching, he is pictured along with the10lb 3oz Common Carp which he caught on light float fishing tackle from Coppice Pond on 5th August 2014 on the back of our 2015 year books.

Tight lines to all our members in 2015, we look forward to receiving your forms and pictures.