Salmon angler Shamus Jennings has rocked the world of fly fishing by landing the biggest salmon of 2013. The huge fish caught at Boleside Beat on the Tweed in the Scottish Borders, wasmeasured at 50in long with a 33in girth which Dr Campbell, biologist from the Tweed Foundation, using the prescribed formula to calculate the fish’s weight, put the fish at approximately 50lb.
Shamus couldn’t believe his eyes when he eventually brought the massive fish to the net: “It’s taken me almost 40 years to catch a 25 pounder, (caught the day previously on the same beat) but this is simply incredible,” said Shamus who has fished for salmon all over the world.
Fishing from the boat, Shamus hooked the fish in Glenmayne pool using a Boleside shrimp that head boatman Nigel Fell had previously created weeks earlier in the form of a tube fly with a local fly dresser. After 35 minutes the fish was eventually brought to the boat, when Shamus said: “This was the first we saw of the fish and we were shocked at the size of its head.
“It took us until the fourth attempt to get it in to the net” added Shamus. The fight lasted almost 45 minutes before it was eventually measured, photographed and returned.
Tweed Foundation head biologist Dr Ronald Campbell revealed that its not uncommon for such large fish to be heading to the Ettrick, which is a tributary of the River Tweed. There is video evidence of fish passing the Ettrick Fish Counter over 48lb.
It also puts Shamus into a strong position to win the most prestigious angling trophy for salmon fishing in Scotland, The Savills Malloch trophy. Current holders of the coveted prize are Middle Tweed beat Bemersyde, who successfully landed a 42lb fish last November. The fish measured 50in long with a girth of 25.5in. Using four of the formulae for calculating weight from length and girth and then taking the average, the weight came to 44lb.
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