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Re: A Royal Fish from the Medway - 1849
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2014, 21:46:13 »
More fishy bits and pieces.

See the full story in the Sheerness Times/Guardian, a copy is kept in Sheerness Library
            Sturgeon caught in Medway 7ft given to Prince of Wales           1863 July 11th

            Sturgeon caught in Medway, given to Windsor                          1868 April18th

            White shark caught in the Dockyard Basin                                1868 Aug 8th

             Ray caught in the sea weighs over 50lbs                                1871 July 22nd

             Queenborough smacks catching sprats. 1,000 bushels/vessel   1872 Jan 6th

             Frog fish caught 5ft x 3 ft                                                    1877 Jan 20th

             5ft shark caught at Rochester                                                 1878 May 17th

             Skate 6ft long 5 ft across weighs 100lbs caught at Gravesend    1881 Dec 10th

             Whale caught at Gillingham 36 ft long                                   1888 Sept 8th

             Sheppy Amateur Angling Club formed                                      1904 Mar 5th

             Rod and line at pier. Salmon Bass 7lbs,ist catch                        1908 June  27th

             4ft 7ins seal caught at Queenborough                                      1909 Jan 9th

             Sturgeon caught 7ft 6ins long in 1728, 1736, 1738                   1915 June 19th

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Re: A Royal Fish from the Medway - 1849
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2014, 13:41:25 »
Along the same lines (if you'll excuse the pun!).
A fisherman named George Jenkins caught a 6ft Sturgeon weighing some 72lb from above Rochester Bridge in May 1862.  Quite remarkably given the rarity of their capture, he went and caught another in June 1863 this time from below Rochester Bridge but 7ft in length and weighing 170lb!


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A Royal Fish from the Medway - 1849
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2014, 21:01:01 »
Monday, June 04, 1849 - The Morning Post

On Friday afternoon, a fine sturgeon was caught in the Medway, at a place called Bream Hole, near Snodland, by Richard Baker and John Orpin. The fish, a fine baited specimen of its species, was brought to the Mayor of Rochester, and was by his orders packed in ice, and forwarded to Her Majesty on Saturday morning. It measured 6 feet 11 inches in length, and 2 feet 9 inches in circumference.


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