Species Hunt

The Essex Anglers team are taking on a challenge for 2021 to see which Essex Angler Is the best Angler. We will be taking part in a Species Hunt! The Angler to catch the most Species in a full calender year will win! Fresh and Saltwater fish will be included in the tally and we will keep a live up to date score on the website as well as post updates to our Facebook page and group so be sure to follow them for updates! 


The Rules:

– A species will only count if it is caught within Essex! To highlight the Species we can catch here! 

– Each Species must have the catch competition card next to the Fish in the photo and come with a small catch report.

– The Fish must be caught with a Rod and Line (Or Pole and Line of course!)

 – The competition will last for a year, so it gives all Species a chance to be caught. 

There wil also be acknowledgements to the Angler who catches the biggest of each Species. 

The Scores:

Bailey Payne: 13
Thomas Baird:
Joe Chappell: 9
Mark Harding:
Terry Roberts: 1
Jack Palmer:
Andrew Pilgrim: 11
Brian Holland: 2
Alan Stevens: 14
Stuart Gardiner: 12

  • Joe Chappell – Thornback Ray
    One of four thornback rays caught on an October session at the River Crouch.
  • Joe Chappell – Gudgeon
    A couple of Gudgeon caught on maggots from a small local river.
  • Joe Chappell -Wells Catfish
    A wells catfish Caught from Rochford Reservoir
  • Joe Chappell – Dace
    A small dace caught on a bunch of maggots from a small local river. Caught on the last cast too!
  • Alan Stevens – Silver Eel
    Sliver eel caught on a single lug worm, size 4 bottom hook of a three boom paternoster rig. Dropped straight down on pier, ebb tide.
  • Joe Chappell – Rainbow Trout
    A rainbow trout caught from Chigborough Fishery. Full blog here.
  • Terry Roberts – Roach
    Small roach caught on Maggot Tactics at Puddledock Farm
  • Alan Stevens – Smoothound
    Smoothound caught on board Sea Leopard on squid and lugworm wrap. Flowing trace.
  • Alan Stevens – Gurnard
    Gurnard, fresh blowlug, up and over rig nightime flood tide, coastal bay.
  • Alan Stevens – Sole
    Sole, caught on frozen ragworm, size 4 hook single up and over rig. Coastal bay night flood tide.
  • Joe Chappell – Silver Eel
    An eel caught on worms from a local park lake.
  • Bailey Payne – Rainbow Trout
    Rainbow Trout from Hanningfield Res on a spinner.
  • Bailey Payne – Ide
    Ide from Hockley Angling Club
  • Alan Stevens -Smelt
    Smelt – on charter boat close to shore – lug on flowing trace
  • Bailey Payne – Perch
    Perch from Hockley Angling Club
  • Bailey Payne – Mirror Carp
    Mirror Carp from Hockley Angling Club.
  • Bailey Payne – Gudgeon
    Gonk from Hockley Angling Club.
  • Bailey Payne – Roach
    Roach from Hockley Angling Club.
  • Alan Stevens – 3 bearded rockling
    3-bearded rockling caught in coastal bay on micro bait/squid
  • Alan Stevens – Pouting
    Pouting caught in coastal bay on blow lug loaded clip down rig
  • Alan Stevens – Dogfish
    Dogfish caught on a pier using whole squid and herring wrap
  • Alan Stevens Thornback Ray
    Thornback caught on a Pier using squid baited pulley rig
  • Bailey Payne – Barbel
    Barbel caught from Hockley Angling Club.
  • Bailey Payne – Tench
    Tench caught from Hockley Angling Club.
  • Bailey Payne – Skimmer/Bream
    Skimmer from Hockley Angling Club.
  • Bailey Payne – Crucian
    Crucian caught from Hockley Angling Club on the Pole.
  • Bailey Payne – Fantail Brown Goldfish
    Fantail Goldfish hybrid caught from a small pond in Basildon on bread and tip.
  • Bailey Payne – Common Carp
    Small carp caught from a local pond in Basildon.
  • Alan Stevens – Blonde Ray
    Species – Blonde Ray Location – Lower Blackwater Estuary Method – low water clip down rig, sprat and lug wrap
  • Alan Stevens – Plaice
    Species – plaice Location – Lower Blackwater estuary Method – three hook clip down rig low water, lug bait
  • Joe Chappell – Mirror Carp
    Heres two of 4 mirror carp I caught from North Benfleet Hall fishery on Friday 19th February. I used Baylys Baits God’s Gift and Secret Sauce boilies to tempt them. Rigs used were the German rig with a size 8 curve shank and a simple hair rig with a size 8 curve shank.
  • Joe Chappell – Rudd
    One of two rudd caught today from a small local river. Tactics and bait were float fished maggots.
  • Joe Chappell – Perch
    A tiny perch caught from a local tidal river on maggots.
  • Joe Chappell – Common Carp
    A small carp caught from a local tidal river not long before packing up. Tactics and bait were float fished maggots in the margins.
  • Joe Chappell – Roach
    Caught from a local tidal river. Tactics and bait were float fished maggots.
  • Joe Chappell – Chub
    A small chub caught in a local tidal river. Tactics and bait were float fished maggot.
  • Joe Chappell – Bream
    A nice bream caught in the snow from a local tidal river. Tactics and bait were float fished sweetcorn.
  • Bailey Payne – Chub
    Small Chub on Cheese paste from River Crouch, Essex.
  • Alan Stevens – Flounder
    Species – Flounder Location – Lower Blackwater Estuary Method – pulley rig with sprat and blow lug wrap
  • Alan Stevens – Bass
    Species – Bass Venue – Lower Blackwater Estuary Method – Pulley rig sprat and blow ug wrap
  • Alan Stevens -Dab
    Species – Dab Venue – Essex coastal bay Method – lug on 1 up 1 down rig size 1/0 hook
  • Alan Stevens – whiting
    Species – Whiting Venue – Essex coastal bay Method – lug tipped with squid on flapper, size 1/0 hook