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« on: March 01, 2017, 16:23:34 PM »

An enormous fish, which proved to be the small Lopkitis Piscatorius of Linnaeus, was taken, a few days ago, in, the following singular, manner. A young man, who was bathing In the river Medway, near St Margaret's, fortunately observed it making towards him; much alarmed, he instantly altered his course, and swam rapidly to the shore, which he gained, closely followed by the voracious animal A man who was passing at the moment with a long branch of a tree, lowered the top of it, into the water, which the fish seized, and was with some difficulty drawn upon land and killed., Its jaws, when extended, were sufficiently wide to take in the head  and shoulders of a man; it measured in length upwards of five feet, and round the swallow  three feet one inch, and weighed a full one hundred weight. Presumably Lophius piscatorius  Angler or Monk Fish

The Cambrian 26/8/1815

CAPTURE OF A STURGEON IN THE MEDWAY.
On Saturday last a fisherman, named Jenkins, while fishing in the river Medway, a short distance above Rochester- bridge succeeded in capturing a remarkably fine sturgeon which on being brought to land was found to measure six feet in length, 29 inches in girth, and to weigh 72 lbs. By the ancient charters of the city, all sturgeons and certain other fish caught in the Medway are the property of the mayor and corporation of Rochester. The fish was accordingly presented to the mayor, who immediately forwarded it by the principal water-bailiff as a present to her Majesty, the sturgeon being what is termed, a royal fish.

Cardiff & Merthyr Guardian 10/5/1862
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2017, 12:59:08 PM »

A MONSTER ROYAL STURGEON.
 On Wednesday, while a Rochester fisherman, named Henry Mellish, was engaged fishing in the Medway, near Limehouse-reach, he succeeded in capturing a royal sturgeon of an unusual size, the fish being found to weigh no less than 130 lb., its length from the nose to the tail being seven feet six inches. On being landed the sturgeon was presented to the mayor (Mr. Vincent Hills) to whom, under the ancient charters of Rochester, all "royal" fish caught in the Medway belong, when it was at once despatched, in the charge of the principal water bailiff, to Windsor Castle, as a present to her Majesty. The sturgeon caught in the Medway on Wednesday is understood to be the largest ever captured in this country

Brecon County Times 25/4/1868
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2017, 13:36:59 PM »

 FLYING FISH IN THE MEDWAY.
 A novel capture has been made in the River Medway at Rochester. A man named Buckingham went to Blue Boar Hard to witness the launch of a barge, and noticing a fish leap from the water and fly along the surface he struck at it with his walking stick, with the result that he was able to capture it. It proved to be a fine specimen of the Exocoetus robustus, measuring fifteen inches in length. The wing- fins"of the flying fish, which is being preserved as a curiosity are very prominent. The presence of such a unique visitor in the River Medway is to be accounted for by the long spell of hot weather,which betrayed it into swimming into strange waters.

Rhyl Record 8/10/1898

Proof indeed that Medway really is a tropical paradise  Grin
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