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(Last updated: Monday 10th September)
Apologies for the lack of report writing this season, however, this was due to an unprecedented work load for the Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust which had to be prioritised and therefor curtailed my time on angling promotion.
The following report covers the month of August:
Grimersta recorded 94 salmon/grilse for the month, 88 of which were returned. The heaviest salmon was a 9lb hen fish from the Bridge Pool on a Stoats Tail for Mr. P. Bolden which was his first ever salmon. Aug 1 - 4 saw 16 salmon recorded; P. Anderson landed 2 grilse from the Kelt Pool on the 1st, both on a Blue Elver and a 6lb salmon from Loch One the same day; V. Beamish, J. Gaisman and A. Edwards all had a brace of grilse each from the River. The week, Aug 6 - 11, saw 42 salmon recorded; V. Webb landed two 4lb grilse from the kelt Pool and a 6lb salmon from the Battery Pool on the 6th, A. Pinsent had three 4lb grilse and a 7lb-8oz salmon from the river on the 8th, two of which were hooked on an Editor, 10 salmon were landed on the 9th the heaviest being a 7lb cock from the Bridge Pool on a Green Butt for K. Westveer, 5 were landed on both the 10th and 11th, all bar one were caught form the river. The week 13th - 18th produced 12 grilse and two 6lb salmon, seven of which came from the river. The weather played it's part in producing a difficult week (20th-25th) with only 8 grilse recorded; 4 form the Kelt Pool, 3 from Loch Four and 1 from the First Stream. The final week (27th-31st) of August produced 12 grilse and a 9lb salmon (previously mentioned) which was a first salmon for it's captor. Mr. A. Shanks also landed his first ever fish, quickly followed up by his second on Aug 28 at the First Stream, both hooked on a Silver Stoat and the following day he had another brace of grilse, one from the Sea Pool and the other from the Bridge Pool. P. Bolden landed a brace of grilse on the 29th, both from the Kelt Pool and both on a Stoats Tail.
The Gress River recorded 4 salmon/grilse and 44 sea trout during August with the majority of sea trout being landed from the "Saltings" area, including a magnificent 6lb fish for Calum Macrae from the Stoney pool on a Peter Ross. Although the salmon/grilse numbers are low, good numbers of sea trout are showing throughout the river the majority of which are in the 1lb-8oz to 2lb-8oz class.
South Uist Estate have had a good sea trout season and are well up on last years total with over 400 recorded to date. The heaviest fish was an 8lb-8oz beauty caught by D. Chrystal on a Claret Bumble Muddler on Loch Fada on the 14th. several other good sized sea trout have also been recorded: 4lb-8oz for I. Kennedy from Lower Kildonan on the 11th; 3lb for Mr. Lunn on the 6th from Loch Fada; 2lb-8oz for M. Appleton on the 6th from Loch Fada and another similar sized fish for a member of the Fulton party from Loch fada on the 2nd. several grilse were also landed during August: G. Lamond had a 4lb-8oz fish from Loch Roag on the 1st; A. Liddle had one of 4lb from Roag on the 3rd; M. Appleton landed a 5lb from Roag on the 9th; An 8lb-8oz salmon was caught by Mr. Lunn on the 7th from Roag, a similar sized fish was caught on the 4th by the Heneaghan party and Mr. Blackwell had a 7lb fish from Lower Kildonan on the 15th.
Donnie Whiteford landed this 7lb salmon whilst fishing a Park Shrimp Conehead at Grimersta's First Stream on the evening of May 9th
A bonnie 9lb Spring salmon from the Grimersta River. Paul Hopper hooked the salmon on a size 6 Tosh in the Kelt Pool during May 4th
One of three 1lb brown trout caught in Loch Orisay. All three trout were hooked on a Goats Toe, fished on an intermediate line on May 5th
Geoff Lockett battling with a Loch Eaval (North Uist) brown trout. Geoff landed 17 trout, all of which were on or around the 12oz mark during April 28th
Donnie Whiteford with a nice Loch Langavat brown trout caught during the Obbe competition in April
Robbie Bell with a solid brown trout from Loch Langavat (Obbe Fishery)
A bonnie Loch Langavat (Obbe Fishery) trout
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