Well, it’s Sunday once again and time for another Fishing News Roundup. It has been a quiet week newswise here in the UK so we’ve included couple of global stories that we thought might be of interest.
Just before we get started can we give a shout out to Len Hird who kindly forwarded this great old photo of what is believed to be a 51lb salmon caught by a Mr D.Parrish at Station Pool, Bigsweir Fishery on the River Wye, between Monmouth and Chepstow, in 1962.
Here’s another shot taken about 8 years ago just down from The Glide at Beauly and caught on a Red Francis.
Don’t forget, if you have any old photos you would like to share with Fishing News Roundup readers, please pass them on to David Miller at email@example.com and we’ll add them to the news page.
Here’s this week’s roundup.
Angling Direct results prove fishing is on the up
Fishing equipment retailer Angling Direct has posted its latest trading results, revealing strong sales growth despite Covid-19 related disruption. Although it’s retail stores were forced to temporarily close again at the beginning of the year, total revenues rose 19.4 per cent to £38.4 million in the six months to July 31, after jumps of 54 per cent and 3.1 percent respectively in Q1 and Q2. Read more…
Britain’s ageing fishing fleet a key contributor to climate crisis: report
Environmentalists call for fisheries to move away from carbon-spewing engines and climate-harming practices such as bottom trawling. Half the UK’s fishing fleet is at least 30 years old and uses fuel oil that is particularly polluting, according to a report that examines the outsized impact of British ships on the climate crisis. Read more…
Fly Fishing Reel Review: Hardy Ultralite MTX-S Fly Reel
Field and Stream
For serious fly anglers who want the best—and are willing to pay for it—the Ultralite MTX-S fly reel is worth a look. When it comes to my own fly-fishing gear, I can have a hard time getting excited about reels. I’m constantly amazed by the advances in fly-rod technology. Same goes for the imagination and ingenuity behind the latest fly patterns. Read more…
Crackdown on illegal river fishing on the River Tees
THE Environment Agency has been cracking down on unlicensed fishing to protect the fish stock a North East river. Environment Agency patrols targeting unlicensed angling took to the River Tees on Sunday, August 15. Read more…
How to play a hooked fish correctly
A bite from a big fish will set your heart racing, but the job is only half done until you scoop up your prize. The rod tip goes round, the reel sings and your adrenaline soars. These are the moments we anglers live for, but at this stage you’re still a long way away from breathing a sigh of relief as the fish slips into the net. Read more…
Navy detains French vessel off the coast of Cork
It’s the sixth vessel to be detained by defence forces this year. The navy has detained a French fishing vessel off the coast of Cork. The ship is currently being escorted into the port where gardai are set to meet them. The vessel, which was 110 nautical miles off Mizen, is the sixth to be detained by defence forces this year. A potential breach of fishing regulations is the reason they moved in to escort it to Ireland. Read more…
SWANSWATER – (Stirling) The week started with thundery, heavy showers but fresher weather and cooler nights toward the end of the week, led to a drop in water temperature from 16oC to 14oC. Anglers, both bait and fly, are already enjoying the new stockings of Golds with the fish being very visible in the two small ponds. Although they are being seen, and targeted, they are not necessarily taking. However, many anglers are discovering that where you see Golds, there are also Rainbows, and these are being caught rather than the targeted Golds. The fish were generally around 3 or 4 feet down and were well spread out around the main pond with the dam and the bridge area the best spots. At certain times fish were seen moving just below the surface, and anglers were reporting lots of chases, although not all of them ended up with a take. Favourite fly patterns included Ally McCoist, Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Eggs, Damsel, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Hopper and Daddy Long Legs. On the bait pond, maggots and yellow or pink power bait were working well.The Fishery is open from 8.00am to 9.00pm every day, apart from Thursday when we close at 2.30pm.
Amongst those doing well on the fly were Danny Doherty 5 for 19lb 8oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow and 5lb 8oz Gold, plus 1 C&R, Barry Lee 3 for 11lb including 6lb 12oz Tiger and a Gold, Donald McMurchy 5 for 13lb, Josh Moodey 3 for 10lb including 2 Golds, bigger one at 6lb, plus 12 C&R, Trevor Campbell 2 for 7lb 4oz including 4lb 8oz Brown and Keiran Lydon 3 for 8lb, plus 9 C&R. Paul Marshall 3 for 8lb 8oz, plus 5 C&R, Ricky Goodwin 3 for 8lb 4oz, Andy Tervit 3 for 8lb, Allan Laing 3 for 7lb 8oz, plus 1 C&R, Thomas Kilgannon 3 for 7lb 4oz, Tam Pate 3 for 7lb and Nan Morrison 2 for 6lb 8oz. Alan Armstrong 2 for 6lb, Callum McMillan 2 for 5lb, Norrie Holmes 2 for 5lb and Davy Graham caught and released 11. Graeme Adamson caught and released 7, Frank Barr caught and released 6, Tim Gelliatry caught and released 5 and Robert McColl caught and released 4.
Some of the best bags from the bait pond included James Muir 2 for 6lb 8oz Stuart Wallace 3 for 5lb 8oz Cameron Stewart 2 for 4lb, John Reid 2 for 4lb, William Reid 2 for 4lb and Tony Bishop 2 for 4lb 8oz and 3 for 6lb including a Gold. Connor Orr 2 for 4lb, Gary Mathewson 2 for 4lb 8oz, Craig Bulloch 3 for 6lb 8oz, Alan Duncan 3 for 9lb and Ian Duncan 3 for 5lb including 2 Golds. Scott Young 3 for 5lb, John Lawson 4 for 7lb, Steven Claudius 2 for 4lb including a Gold and James McLachlan 3 for 6lb.
FRANDY – (Gleneagles)Fishing from the boats Sam McFarlane (Paisley) & Alastair Murphy (Ayr) kept 3 fish weighing 6lb 4oz and released a further 2, Ron Mitchell, Brian Duncan and Bob Miller from Dundee 4 fish weighing 8lb 8oz plus 5 c/r, George Keith (Dunfermline) kept 4 fish weighing 8lb and Ian Orr & Connor Clark from Markinch kept 5 fish weighing 10lb.
Included amongst the best bank anglers was Davie Hunter from Sauchie who caught and released 9. Robert Peden (Kelty) kept 2 fish weighing 4lb plus 2 c/r, Crawford McEwan (Newmains) 8 c/r and Andy Hunter from Alloa caught and released 7.
On the angling club front Falkirk F/C kept 14 fish weighing 29lb 4oz and released a further 3, CIBA A/C kept 14 fish weighing 27lb 1oz, Last Cast A/C 4 fish for 8lb plus 19 c/r, Gartcosh A/C took 13 fish weighing 26lb 8oz, Aberdour A/C 24 fish for 40lb 13oz and the Farmers & Associates kept 25 fish weighing 44lbs. The top taking flies and lures included the Sunburst FAB, Muddler, Hot Head Damsel Daddy Longlegs and Hoppers whilst the Middle, North Shore and the Dam Wall were the hot spots.
ORCHILL LOCH – (Braco)The water is a lot cooler at last and the fish are moving round and taking everything from Dries to lures at varying depths but mostly slowly. William Brandon from Dunblane had 2 fish for 9lbs 4oz on Buzzers, Shaun Clayton (Braco) 11 fish C&R – best 4lbs on a dry, Jim Suddes (Co Durham) 6 fish 13lbs 4oz on an Olive Ally, John Bashford (Kinross) 1 fish 5lbs on a Snatcher, M Langton (Gateside) 1 fish 3lbs on a Bibio and M Jamieson from Perth had a brace weighing 5lbs on a Diawl Bach. M & E Feighan from Bonnybridge has 6 fish for 15lbs on a Yellow Dancer and a Humungus. Ian Bayne from Dunblane took 3 fish for 8lbs 8oz on an Orange Buzzer and a Mini Muddler, S Duncan (Perth) 3 fish for 9lbs 8oz on Hoppers and J Marshall from Stirling 3 caught 3 fish for 9lbs on a Damsel.Damsel
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