We’re one month into the inaugural UK Shore Catch Reports Species and Specimen league and it’s already yielding some excellent catches up and down the full breadth of the country. Early thoughts were that the rules favoured the south coast and, whilst that may still prove to be the case with the warmer summer months bringing an abundance of species to the southern shores, Adam Johnstone showed that Scottish waters can still compete, with a credible second position for the month.

Running down the full top 3, in third was Tom James on 170 points. A specimen bass and flounder got him to 120 points, with the remaining 50 points coming from bagging non specimen cod, dogfish, pollack, thornback ray and whiting.

In second place was Adam Johnstone with 200 points. A specimen dab and dog in his final session of the month shot Adam up the table with each of these fish scoring him 60 points a piece. He backed these specimens up with bass, coalfish, cod, flounder, pouting, silver eel, small eyed ray and a thornback ray.

Topping off April with a fantastic haul of 350 points encompassing a quite sensational 5 specimens was Jordan Clarke. His specimens included conger, pouting, spotted ray, turbot and whiting, whilst he added non specimen blonde ray, dogfish, small eyed ray, thornback ray and undulate ray to finish off his tally. 5 species of shore caught ray in a month is quite some doing and the monthly win was thoroughly deserved.

38 species were recorded throughout April, with specimens recorded across 12 of them. Pouting proved the easiest specimen to attain in April, with 5 instances, whilst no other species produced more than 2 specimens. The usual suspects, dogfish, whiting, pouting and bass formed the significant catches of non specimen fish from the nearly 300 recorded across 70 active competitors for the month.

Keep an eye on the UK Shore Catch Reports facebook page for frequent updates if you’d be interested in getting involved next year. There’s a great community building around this inaugural competition already and a real buzz from those involved. Let’s hope it continues to be a success and good luck to all already entered.