Anglers will now be able to use videos to prove their giant catches after a fisherman's record-smashing 21lb sea bass was rejected because no-one witnessed it.
Guntars Zukovskis, 26, caught a whopping 21lbs 5oz sea bass while fishing alone on a Somerset beach in February last year.
He took a video of the huge fish while weighing it on the scales, hoping to claim a new British record, as the catch would have smashed the record for the biggest ever sea bass by almost 2lbs.
Guntars Zukovskis, 26, from Bridgwater, Somerset, caught a whopping 21lbs 5oz sea bass while fishing alone in February last year. Pictured: Guntars holding his colossal sea bassInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
However, his dreams were dashed by the British Record Fish Committee whose strict rules state that all applications must have been witnessed by at least one other person.
Now, the Angling Trust is to allow video footage to be used as evidence of record catches for the first time following the controversial case.
Guntars, a keen sea angler from Bridgwater, Somerset, who works as a supermarket manager, was night fishing by himself so set up the video on his smart phone when he realised he had hooked a potential whopper.
His video shows him struggling to lift the fish in its weighing sling and then the reading on the digital display of 22lbs 2ozs (13oz of that is the weight of the sling).
He was confident the footage of him weighing the beast would be enough to win over the judges and tip the scales in his favour.
But his application was rejected by the committee and it will instead be placed on its 'Notable Fish List'.
He took a video of the huge catch (pictured) while weighing it on the scales, hoping to claim a new British record - by almost 2lbs - but it was rejected by the British Record Fish Committee because no-one else witnessed it
Guntars is not the only angler to fall foul of the controversial rules which also state that any potential record fish must be weighed on scales on land, meaning anything caught at sea must be killed.
Now the Angling Trust, which governs the sport, is set to change its rules which have been in place since the committee was founded in 1968.