The Species League started in 2005 with a small group of anglers who wanted to have a species boat competition once a month. Over the years more anglers have joined in and the league has grown attracting anglers from all over the UK. We go from various ports and use some of the best Charter Boats who specialise in species events. During the year we try to cover as many types of fishing as possible from deap-sea anchoring for congers and tope, to drifting wrecks, bank fishing for flatfish, inshore for wrasse and mini species. Most competitions will cover a number of fishing types over different marks and during the summer months we regularly catch more than twenty species on a day.
Each competition is based upon the winner of each boat gaining 100% and all others score a percentage of the winners score. With 12 scores across the year (if we don’t lose an event due to weather) the winner of the year has the best total of 9 percentages (this means if you have a bad day or miss an event you can drop this score and your two other low scores).
2017 Trophies and Prizes :-
- Champion Trophy engraved all with previous winners
- Runner up and places down to 10th
- Species Tankard for most species caught during the year
You need to attend at least 6 events during the year to qualify for the best combined results from each Port/Area
- Weymouth Fish
- Poole Challenge
- Lyme Bay Cup
- Bristol Channel Open
- Hampshire Rose
The league isn’t all about winning we have a really good bunch of seasoned anglers but also some new and some young members competing and learning
All fish species count and size in this competition doesn’t matter.
Bait is provided normally includes live rag worm, frozen squid and mackerel but some times we change this depending on time of year and targets.