"Size doesn't matter ..."
2013 Gobel Prize
Gobio of the Month
Terms & definitions
Members of the Grand Union Gobio Gobio Society (GUGGS) are dedicated to the pursuit and capture of canal gudgeon - you could say we're ga-ga about gobbies. Formed in June 2009, our ultimate aim is for one of our number to catch a specimen to break the UK gudgeon record (currently 140g / 5oz) but we're not holding our breath on that one, and generally we're happy to catch them of any size.
The picture above shows the first gudgeon caught by a member after the Society came into being, weighing in at just 12g. Unlike anglers in some of the more common specialist areas of the sport, we don't know the fish's name, we have no idea what its weight was last time it was caught or in fact whether it had ever been caught before.
( UPDATE - showing ourselves to be open to requests from members, we now allow specimen gudgeon to be given names.
The GUGGS definition of specimen weight is
25g 30g and above, and for fish caught in 2012 the chosen name MUST begin with the letter J.)