Which specimen?

davepellet

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So... following on from the what makes a specimen thread...

Which species would you most like to catch a specimen of?

the 4oz short I fell of an 8lb tench is close enough for me...
beyond that I’d have to say it’s a toss up between a 2lb roach, a 3lb grayling and a 3lb perch...
 

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On a bit of a Barbel trip at the moment so a 10lb Barbel and that's probably the most realistic given the waters available to me although there's going to be a place I fish over winter with a chance of a close to 4lb Perch (Big Roach and Bream apparently too but they haven't showed so much for me when I fish there). And when I get back on the Crucians I want one over 3lb (sadly not true Crucians due to the presence of Carp).
 

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Just pretty much answered that in the other thread by coincidence! But I’ll repeat again.

1lb dace, never likely current best probably 10-11oz
2lb roach, done once as barely a teenager but never at an age that I appreciated it
4lb perch, current best certainly over 3 and doable as local waters regularly do 4s
6lb chub, current best near 5.5 so maybe doable
10lb bronze bream, a good 3-4lb over my best so unlikely
20lb smoothound, current best maybe 15 definitely doable just need the time
4lb Black Bream, current best over 3 maybe doable with the time

If I had to pick one I think another 2lb roach would just about beat a 1lb dace although a 4lb perch would also push it close even if that is the most realistic one.
 

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I would love to catch a 3lb roach - by comparison big carp (40lb +) are easy!
 

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Believe it or believe it not, my first roach over 2lb sent the scales to dead on 3lb. This was witnessed by a couple of fellow anglers, it was caught from a large local venue that apparently used to produce plenty of this size and bigger in the 50's and 60's. I suggested making it 2lb-15oz as thought no one would believe me, but although I don't get too excited about big specimens, we did check the scales and they were cock on. We didn't have cameras with us in those days, a shame really as it was a wonderful fish.
 

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Only specimen fish I've caught was a Dace but that was over 50 years ago. I've caught reasonable sized fish of many species but since I took up match fishing nearly 50 years ago I very rarely weigh an individual fish, had a 21lb Carp last year I only Know exact weight because a carp angler offered to weigh it.
 

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So... following on from the what makes a specimen thread...

Which species would you most like to catch a specimen of?

the 4oz short I fell of an 8lb tench is close enough for me...
beyond that I’d have to say it’s a toss up between a 2lb roach, a 3lb grayling and a 3lb perch...
100% a specimen Tench. My favourite species and for me anything over 8 - 9lb would be a dream fish. Spent quite a while trying lol!
 

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The ultimate, ultimate, ultimate for me in the UK, would be a 40lb+ Atlantic Salmon.

Close second would be any 20lb+ Trout

And of course, a 4lb+ Perch.
 

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This is definitely a close second for me too Pete.


I'd like that one as well but next to no chance of doing a 2 let alone 3 unless you can put a lot of time into on one of those famed eastern rivers. Tells its own story that I've only ever had one rudd definitely over a pound compared to at least a couple dozen roach.
 

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I would love a specimen Tench. I have come close with 7lbs 5oz. My only true specimen so is a 1lb 1oz Dace. I have also had 1lb and 15oz specimens. The stream I was fishing has produced five 1lb1oz specimens over the years. At the moment the most likely specimen I am likely to catch is a Perch, as there are a couple of waters down here that have big ones.
 

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I seem to be obsessed with predators at the moment so a 20lb+ pike and 3lb+ perch is my dream. On my current pbs of 9lb 15 and 1lb it seems a long way away
 

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relating this to the other thread on specimens - if I was minded in the speci hunting vein I'd really like to have a go at targetting the record for three of the four middleweights at the point in time that I first took notice of UK fish records (c. 1980)
refer to
scroll to historical previous records

which are
Barbel 13:12
Bream 13:8
Chub 7:6.8

I know of one club venue where I would have a decent chance of all three!
 

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I’d like to catch a 30+ pike. The nearest I’ve come, so far, was a 26.8 but that was a long, long time ago!
 

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Not a specimen hunter by any stretch but,I have had a few sizable fish .
perch caught in a match of 3lb15oz
rudd and a crucian caught on the same day in two consecutive casts both tipping exactly 3lb.
so not a lot really but highly unlikely that i will ever better them.
 

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3lb Rudd and 3lb Crucian are nothing to be sniffed at?. Fish of a lifetime for me. I have several waters with lots of smaller Rudd, fine for a days fishing, but fish that size are like rocking horse poo. I sometimes spot the odd big,loner,Rudd on my walks but they soon skulk off. Not seen a 3lb fish though.
A venue with Crucians in would be nice. Most of them seem to be goldfish or F1’s. Typically, Tench sit where Crucians are likely to be so at least I can catch me some of them.
 
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