Fishing News Roundup 15

A very good morning to you all this Sunday 24th October. It looks like autumn has finally arrived this week. The temperatures have cooled considerably, but are about right for the time of year here in the UK. Has the drop improved fishing for anyone?

Before we get into this week’s news I had to flag up this very important piece of opinion. It’s the great Scottish chippy debate from the Sunday Post, who want to know which is the best chippy in Scotland.

Take a look at the debate here…

I have my personal favourite from way back when I travelled from Edinburgh to Newcastle in the late 70s and stopped off at Pathead chippy every week for a delicious fish supper… ahhh, the good old days. Which is your fav chippy?

Okay, enough of the nostalgia. Let’s take a look at this week’s crop of fishing articles and news.

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Here’s this week’s roundup.

New book on the salmon pools of the north east launched

Deeside Piper and Herald

Iain’s new book focuses on the northeast pools where salmon are caught. Story: Dawn Renton.

Lifetime fisher Iain Ogden caught his first salmon in the beautiful rock-strewn R Findhorn amongst the rolling grouse moors of Drynachan. After moving to Deeside he became a regular rod on the famed Drum, Tilbouries and Park waters before the days of commercial letting and when spring runs were still in the ascendency. Read more…

Fly fish angler reels in potential world-record blue catfish in Texas river

Angler Ben Christensen caught a 31.55 pound blue catfish on a size 10 Gamakatsu hook, with 12-lb. Rio Bass tippet and a Scott Flex 4-weight fly rod. (Ben Christensen) – Story: Mary Claire Patton

Texas angler caught massive catfish in Pedernales River. A Texas angler has reeled in a potential world-record blue catfish. Ben Christensen, of Johnson City, caught the 31.55-pound river monster on Oct. 11 with a 4-weight fly rod, which he says is typically unsuitable for catching fish over about five pounds. Read more…

Norway reveals plans for river trap system to protect wild salmon

The Guardian

While Norway strictly regulates the fishing of wild salmon, the species remains threatened by contact with farmed populations. Photograph: Ann and Steve Toon/Alamy – Story: Weronika Strzyżyńska

The announcement comes as a Scottish report says open-pen salmon farms pose a substantial risk to the wild population. Norway is to introduce new traps to protect wild salmon after experts warned they could become endangered as a result of contact with their farmed counterparts. Read more…

Global Salmon Market (2021 to 2028) – Rise in Fish Production to Meet Food Supply is Driving Growth

Business Wire

The global salmon market size was valued at $50,170.0 million in 2020, and is estimated to reach $76,145.3 million by 2028, registering a CAGR of 3.7% from 2021 to 2028. Salmon is commonly defined as an oily fish with rich content of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Its flesh is generally orange to red, although there are some examples of white-fleshed wild salmon. The natural color of salmon results from carotenoid pigments in the flesh. Read more…

Youngsters show angling is for all ages with catches and smiles

The Hunts Post

Jake Sellens nabbed this Pike on a session after school. – Credit: ST IVES TACKLE SHOP – Story: Neil Metcalf

The 11-year-old is a keen fisherman and likes angling “because it’s quiet, calm and nobody gets on at me”. Jake Sellens has been having a great time lure fishing for Pike on his local club water using the Fox Salt and Pepper rubber jigs. On short sessions after school, he has landed some up to 8lb 13oz. Lure angling with plastic baits is a great way to get into Pike Fishing and October is an excellent month to have a go predator fishing. Read more…

John Bailey: Angling ethics are a mirror to life

Eastern Daily Press

Steve and I celebrate a PB together – Credit: John Bailey

There was a slight rumpus at my favourite carp water in Norfolk when a member began using a drone, presumably to spot carp as well as map out gullies, bars and other features. As so-called arbiter, my judgment was called for, but what a conundrum eh? Nobody wants to be called a Luddite and we can’t escape the tsunami of technology however much we, me especially, would like to. We accept bite alarms and bolt rigs, but I decided that drones were a step too far, along with bait boats perhaps. Read more…

Angling coaching sessions at ‘all-time high’

Angling Times

THE popularity of coaching sessions continues to soar, with many clubs claiming they’re struggling to meet the huge rise in demand since lockdown. The forward-thinking Wellingborough and District Nene AC is one organisation that’s been leading the way, hosting more than 100 sessions since March. Read more…

The Boyd Report

WOODBURN – (Milton of Campsie) The fish are absolutely loving the plentiful fresh water at the moment and there is a lot of fry bashing activity in the margins. Grant McAuley had a cracking big double on Sunday caught just under the surface on the smallest of black flies that he specialises with.  The top catching flies last week have included the Snake, Fabs, various lures, White Eggs, Olives, Dries and various nymphs. 

Stan Franklin from Alloa had 12 rainbows and a tiger on  c/r, Jim Mullen (Alloa) 3 rainbows and 1 blue c/r, Mr Milling (Balfron) 9 c/r, Dean Calder 7 rainbow and 1 tiger c/r, Paul Gallagher 9 c/r and Ben McGreevy 8 c/r. Davey Scott 12 c/r, Gary McAvoy 7 c/r, Mr Young, Tony Pride, and Joe Potts had a great day sharing  34 fish between them, P Stewart 9 c/r – best 8lbs, J. Little 6 c/r, J Dunsmore  6 c/r and Mr Caldwell from Clydebank kept 3 for 8lbs 6oz. 

ORCHILL LOCH – (Braco) The weather has really cooled down the water and the fish are now a lot livelier.  They have been taking a wide variety of flies from dries to all colours of lures with the retrieve varying from day to day. Paul Dancer from Wishaw had 4 fish for 10lbs 8oz on Dries, Brian Hutchinson (Perth) 2 fish weighing 5lbs 12oz on a Damsel, A Burns (Perth) 2 fish for 6lbs 8oz on Dries, J Rae (Alloa) 2 fish for 5 lbs on Buzzers, Eric Law (Paisley) 2 fish for 6 lbs on Hoppers and Donald Blyth from Doune used a Black Nymph to bag a brace for 6lbs. Barty Stirling from Buchany caught 3 fish on C&R including an  8-9 lb brown trout on Buzzers, Shaun Clayton (Braco) 8 C&R on Dries, John Burroughs (Buchany) 1 fish for 4 lbs on a Daddy, Dougie McLeish (Buchany) 1 fish 2 lbs on a Yellow Owl, Archie Fisher (Stirling) 4 fish for 10 lbs oz on a Yellow Dancer and an  Olive Damsel and M & G Brownrigg from Callander kept 4 fish for 10 lbs on a Yellow Dancer.

SWANSWATER – (Stirling)  There was a real mixture of weather this week with everything from mild and overcast to overnight frost and bright sunshine, with some strong winds as well.   The fish were generally still in the top 3 feet of the water, although they did go deeper in when the wind got up.   They were well spread out round the top pond with the Far Bay being the most productive area on certain days.  Plenty of Golds are still featuring in the catch returns from all three ponds with the biggest landed this week being 8lb 2oz.  For most of the week the fish were looking to chase so a fast retrieve was the best tactic. The majority of fish were taking either lures or nymphs with the favourite patterns being Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Damsel, PTN, Diawl Bach and Buzzer.  On the bait pond, maggots, spinners, and yellow or green power bait were doing best.  The Fishery is open from8.00am to 6.30pm every day except for Thursday when we close at 2.30pm.

Calan McLachlan 8lb 2oz Gold, Alan Evans and Owen shared 5 for 18lb 6oz, with Alan taking 2 for 9lb 4oz including 5lb 4oz Rainbow, plus 2 C&R, and young Owen taking 3 for 9lb 2oz, plus 2 C&R, George Johnson 5 for 17lb, Donald McMurchy 5 for 12lb 12oz including a Gold, Stewart Nicholson 5 for 11lb 4oz and Danny Doherty 5 for 12lb including a Gold, plus 2 C&R. Willie Sharp made three visits to the Fishery taking 5 for 9lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond including 2 Golds, plus 2 C&R; 5 for 10lb from the small ponds including 3 Golds, plus 1 C&R; and 5 for 10lb from the small ponds including 2 Golds, John Tevan 5 for 9lb from the Meadow Pond including a Gold, George Dobbie 4 for 10lb 12oz, plus 2 C&R, Brian Paterson 4 for 10lb 12oz, Tam Baillie 3 for 8lb 8oz including a Gold, plus 3 C&R and Jamie McGowan 3 for 7lb 8oz, plus 7 C&R.,Jim Allan 3 for 7lb 8oz from the Millpond, Eddie Blair 3 for 7lb 4oz, Jamie McLeary 3 for 7lb including a Gold, plus 7 C&R, John Watt 3 for 5lb 12oz from the Meadow Pond, plus 7 C&R, Alan Mitchell 2 for 7lb including 4lb 12oz Gold and Ian McDonald 2 for 6lb, plus 2 C&R. Stuart Oliver 2 for 5lb 8oz including a Gold, plus 7 C&R, Frank Barr caught and released 24 in two visits, James Rhind caught and released 9, Jim Donnelly caught and released 7, Matthew Oliver caught and released 5 and Graeme Laughton caught and released 4 including a big Gold.

Those doing well on the bait pond included Stuart Landsburgh 7lb 11oz Gold, Michael Walker 5 for 12lb 8oz including 3lb 12oz Rainbow, Sam Parker 3 for 5lb 12oz including a Gold, Martin Anderson 2 for 3lb 12oz, Liam Kennedy 2 for 4lb including a Gold and Stephen Mulligan 2 for 4lb including a Gold. Sam Nellies 2 for 5lb, Greg Thomson 3 for 5lb 8oz, John Fern 4 for 7lb 8oz including 2 Golds, Eva Horsburgh 3 for 8lb 8oz and Robert O’Brian 3 for 5lb including 2 Golds., Zack and Josh Hutchison shared 3 for 10lb including 4lb 8oz Rainbow, Gary McAvoy 3 for 8lb including 4lb Rainbow, Alan McAvoy 2 for 4lb 8oz, Ramsay Conroy 4 for 7lb 12oz including a Gold and Sam Neilson 2 Golds for 3lb 12oz.

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