Poachers and Poaching

Been reading a lot about poachers and poaching over the last few days, this looks like another good read!

Poachers and Poaching - Knowledge Never Learned in Schools

15 comments to Poachers and Poaching

  • badboyjohnjo

    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 !

    Alistair

  • 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.

    Alistair

  • 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 ?

    Alistair

  • 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 :)

    Alistair