West Cork youngster receives prestigious angling award

West Cork youngster receives prestigious angling award
Evan Collins from West Cork, who won the prestigious Dr AEJ Went Award for Young Specimen Angler of the Year.

EVAN Collins from Cork has received the prestigious Dr AEJ Went Award for Young Specimen Angler of the Year. 

Evan won the award for catching a Megrim weighing 1.06kg out of Union Hall in west Cork last October. 

The award which is named after Dr Arthur Went, a noted fisheries biologist and one of the two founder members of the ISFC, nominated this award which is for the best specimen of the year, based on the highest percentage of the specimen weight, taken by an angler aged 13 years or younger.

According to the just-published Irish Specimen Fish Committee (ISFC) report anglers fishing Irish waters caught hundreds of large fish in 2019. For the first time in many years no new records were set but over 500 exceptionally large fish of different species were caught by anglers from venues throughout Ireland in 2019. The main species were smaller shark species like Smooth-hound and Spurdog and in freshwater large Bream and Pike dominated. 

All fish were caught, weighed, measured and released.

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