something seriously needs to be done about poachers down at the david livingston centre in blantyre i have been down walking my dog recently and witnesed a couple of guys pulling big treble hooks through the water beside them lying on the ground was three big salmon obviously caught illegaly
You can contact the club secretary, Douglas Brown, on 0141 946 6060
To bad boy jonjo-when was this?I’m asking because a large number of farmed salmon are still in the clyde system-were the fish fat or thin?Ithink its too early for our springers to come in-and would hate to think some bastard is doing this to kelts-what chance have you got when this is happening!!!
Thats the point Charlie, this was just posted on the 11th feb !
Yes Alistair-i noticed this,however badboyjonjo said recently,and i was wondering HOW RECENTLY-incidentally-dougie does not seem to bother much about the salmon fishings of the kelvin-so why contact him about a blantyre-clyde matter?
Ah, now the thing is – all people seem to concentrate on in the commitee meetings and the AGM is the Salmon fishing.
I took from badboyjohnjo comment that he meant recently as in the last couple of weeks. I would assume they were Kelts – shocking as it sounds !
What the heck would they do with them !
I think it’s time for one man and his dog to cast an observational eye over the holding pools tomorrow-need the exercise and fresh air!-and need to make sure no skulduggery is happening!
Alistair,mabees i need to think again about volunteering for the commitee-however i experienced the runs of escapee salmon in the leven in 98-and we were still catching farmed salmon on opening day 99.It is therfore in my experience that these could be farmed fish also.
I mind that year on the Leven – it was like carnage. You know something I think that might be what put me off Salmon fishing – some of the attitudes to other anglers was terrible. I remember minding my own business down at McKinnons point when someone actually cast over from the other side of the river and their spinner landed next to me. :/
You should give Dougie a phone, or if you want I have the Chairmans email address.
It’s a shame to hear that.All my memories of the leven are good ones-i had a cracking couple of seasons on it,but i now believe the kelvin salmon fishing to be BETTER than the levens(most fish move through the kelvin at night-so most people dont see them and believe the river is empty).I took one of my mates who pays through the nose to fish the forth/teith-and he had 2 salmon in as many hours’1 at 4lb and a silver 8pounder-both wild fish-he only had 4 in six months from the other rivers-he sportingly returned both!.
I can quite believe the salmon move through at night. In all my years trout fishing i have only seen salmon last year. I seen a few dead ones and some rolling up at the “J” pool.
Fantastic that your pal returned those Salmon- i still think that as the salmon are just starting to fully return to the Kelvin every measure should be taken to ensure they keep on returning year after year.
I think this year I might hit a few pools at night with some small tube flies and see what happens. When do you find the Sea Trout start to run ?
The earliest i have caught one was in mid april 2003(5 gramme silver toby)but the best time to see them is mid may-early june.I have observed small shoals moving through the bottom beats in low water conditions just as the light starts to fade-they are definitly sea trout-and they can clear the weir at q.m.d in one leap-far better than the salmon can!
P.S-did you get the new e-mail ad.?
Oh,i almot forgot-is it not time to start naming some of the pools and runs in the river?It has to start sometime-and the kelvinators are just the men to do it(p.s. it was me who named one of the most prolific pools years ago-and the name stuck-everybody now uses it).
Yup, got the email and returned with my main email addy – i also sent an invite for google mail for you – get signed up so it makes it easier to store photos