50lb salmon caught by Seamus Jennings at Boleside on Tuesday 29th October.
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 River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, measured 50in long with a 33in girth which Dr Campbell, biologist from the Tweed Foundation, using the prescribed formula to calculate the fish's weight, says puts the fish at 50lb.
Shamus who is a part-owner of the beat with his brother Francis, 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, (which he caught the day before 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 four attempts to get it in to the net which was pretty tough on the nerves!" added Shamus. The fight lasted almost 45 minutes in total before it was eventually measured, photographed and returned safely to the river.
Boleside Ghillie Nigel Fell holding the fish. It was safely returned to the water.
Dr Campbell also revealed that it is 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 of 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, awarded to the angler catching the biggest rod caught salmon on the fly and safely returns the fish to the river. 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.
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