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Congratulations to 16 year old Jamie Carruth from Strathblane, Glasgow whom the judges deemed to be the winner of the 2016 'Catch & Release' Fish of the Season competition. Details of Jamie's October winning entry are below:
There were two entries for the October Fish of the Month: 16 year old Jamie Carruth from Strathblane, Glasgow with a fresh-run 4lb-10oz sea trout from Loch Fada (South Uist) that he hooked on a Clan Chief fly during October 11th and Norman Graham's 13lb cock salmon from Loch Langabhat (Grimersta system) that he hooked on a copper Toby lure during October 14th.
Congratulations to Jamie Carruth for his capture and release of a fresh-run 4lb-10oz sea trout which the judges decided is the October Fish of the Month winner.
Five salmon were landed in the Outer Hebrides during May, three of which were landed by the same angler, Robbie Bell. Robbie landed his three salmon within a four day spell: May 20th saw him landing the first salmon from the River Creed; a well-conditioned 9lb hen on a Ghillie fly; Three days later he landed a 16lb cock fish from Majors Pool on the Garynahine River on a Shrimp fly pattern and during the 24th he landed a 12lb cock fish from the Stornoway Angling Association boat on Loch Langabhat on a Park Shrimp fly. Also, he hooked and lost a salmon estimated at around the 12lb mark whilst boat fishing on Loch Barvas later that week.
Robbie's 16lb cock salmon from the Garynahine River is the May Fish of the Month winner.
April saw some lovely fish being caught throughout the Outer Hebrides the majority of which were returned. There were two enteries for the April Fish of the Month competition:
The first 2016 salmon caught in the Outer Hebrides was landed by local angler, Angus Matheson. Angus was fishing a Park Shrimp fly in the Bridge Pool on the Grimersta River during April 18th, when he hooked and landed a sea-liced 10lb-4oz cock salmon.
Loch Bee in South Uist produced a stunning 4lb-12oz brown trout for Bob Mackay who was a guest at Billy Felton's Anglers Retreat Guest House. Bob hooked the big trout on a shrimp fly pattern whilst wading the shallow main section of the loch.
The Catch & Release judges had a difficult decision to make, but after much deliberation, decided on the 4lb-12oz brown trout.
Catch and Release Competition - Rules:
1. The competition will run on a monthly basis from 15th March until 31st October.
2. All enteries must be on an official Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust "Fish of the Month" entry form.
3. The competition is only open to salmon, sea trout and brown trout caught in the Outer Hebrides.
4. Fish may be caught by fly, spinner or bait.
5. All entries must be witnessed, submitted with photographic evidence and by the 2nd day of the following month at the latest.
6. All entries may be submitted to Sportsworld or directly to the Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust (address below).
7. The monthly winner will be decided by a panel of 5 judges, their decision is final.
8. Prizes will be awarded as Fishing Tackle Vouchers and are not cash redeemable.
9. Each "Fish of the Month" winner will receive a £75 tackle voucher and a small trophy.
10. The "Fish of the Season" winner will receive a £425 tackle voucher and the main competition trophy.
11. Each "Fish of the Month" winner will be entered for the "Fish of the Season".
12. Winners will be notified by telephone.
13. The winner will have their photograph featured in the Stornoway Gazette and Fishhebrides website. It will also be displayed in Sportsworld.
14. The competition is not open to any of the judges or their families.
Catch and Release guidelines:
Catch & Release is an important conservation measure for Fisheries. "An Anglers Guide to Catch & Release" provides simple and clear guidance for anglers who wish to return fish.
Download "An Anglers Guide to Catch & Release" here
Leaflets are also available from:
The Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust
Isle of Lewis
Tel: 01851 703434
16 year old Jamie Carruth with a fresh-run 4lb-10oz sea trout from Loch Roag (South Uist) that was hooked on a Clan Chief during October 11th
Norman Graham hooked this 13lb cock salmon on a copper Toby lure whilst boat fishing on Loch Langabhat during October 14th
Robbie Bell with his magnificent 16lb cock salmon from Majors Pool on the Garynahine River during May
Bob Mackay with a 4lb-12oz brown trout from Loch Bee (South Uist), hooked on a shrimp fly pattern during April
Angus Matheson's 10lb-4oz April salmon from Grimersta's Bridge Pool that was hooked on a Park Shrimp