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Catches pass 2017 total

Inverness Angling Club has surpassed its 2017 catch of salmon and grilse on the River Ness fishings with six weeks of the 2018 season to go. The achievement comes at a time when salmon rivers throughout Scotland are suffering very poor catches, partly as a result of low water conditions.

 Club president Graham MacKenzie said: “Up to August 31 members and visitors reported catches of 179 salmon and grilse, exceeding last year’s total of 168. August alone saw 153 caught. It’s been good to see so many happy faces on the river.  And it’s a credit to our anglers that most are choosing to release their catches. Only 28 of the 179 have been retained - a release rate of over 80 per cent.

“The level of the catch and the high release rate is crucial to the River Ness retaining its current Category 2 status in the conservation regulations set by the Scottish Government, in consultation with local interests. We managed to secure an agreement which allows our anglers to keep two cock fish of under eight pounds for the season. 

 “None of us would like to see the Ness plunged back into Category 3 which would mean mandatory catch and release - or worse. Some countries have closed their rivers to salmon angling because of diminished returns. I appeal to anglers to report all salmon or grilse caught, through the simple procedure outlined on permits. This will deliver the catch totals that will help maintain the river’s current conservation status.” 

Mandie makes a splash

Inverness Angling Club and FishPal will host 19 lady anglers on Saturday (September 1) for a special Ladies Day on the Ness. And one of the ladies got off to an early start today (Friday) with the help of leading club angler Davie Dyce. Casting on the Little Isle Pool, with Davie giving her expert advice, Mandie Reed from Newcastle hooked, played, landed and released a sparkling five pound Ness grilse. On hand to record the event was photographer Craig Somerville who has been commissioned by Trout and Salmon magazine to cover the activiies of he club, its members and visitors, and the ladies day, for a major magazine feature.

Visitors land three

Just three fish were reported from the club water today (August 30). Visitor James Black caught and released a silver eight pound hen fish at the Mill Stream while associate member Andrew Fraser of Lossiemouth had two - a five pounder from the MacIntyre Pool and a seven pounder from the Little Isle.

Quiet day

Andy Massari paid a visit to his favourite Red Braes Pool today and was rewarded with a five pound grilse taken on a Lukki. Downstream, on the Mill Stream, Kevin Elliott had a four pounder on the fly. A quiet day - unless some late reports come in!

Ladies to gather at Ness

Inverness Provost Helen Carmichael will lead 19 ladies from as far apart as the Highlands, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Newcastle to the River Ness on Saturday, September 1, for a Ladies Day organised by angling marketing agency FishPal. It is being promoted in association with Inverness Angling Club, with the cost of the day’s fishing going to the Highland Hospice. The ladies include experienced anglers, those with some experience and novices. Coaching will be led by three times world Speycasting champion Scott Mackenzies and instructors David Mateer and Frank Durdle, supported by qualified coaches from IAC.

Worm fishing closes

Members of Inverness Angling Club, and visitors to the club’s Ness fishings, are reminded that the two-month worm fishing period closes at the end of this month. Rule 3.2 of the club’s Constitution and Rules specifies: “As part of the Category 2 Ness conservation policy agreed with the Scottish Government, worm fishing is only permitted between July 1 and August 31.”

Lost a net?

Tain based associate member James Thomson reports that he found a fishing net at the Weir Pool. To arrange for its return, the owner should send a description of it to James at his e-mail address - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tallies rise on Ness

It’s been a busy day (August 28) on the club water of the River Ness as three successful anglers increased their tallies. Davie Dyce had grilse of three and five pounds from the Legion Pool and one of four pounds from the General’s Well, boosting his season total to 22 salmon and grilse. Meanwhile, Chris Bruce was up on the MacIntyre Pool landing a six pound fish which pushed his total into the upper twenties.

Kirkintilloch associate member James Buchanan had two of eight and six pounds from the Little Isle, increasing his season total fo eight. Club member Geraldine Connah came down with the net as James hooked the eight pounder. Said James: “I handed the rod to Geraldine who expertly played the fish and I netted it. Geraldine safely returned the fish to the river.” Liam Gallacher, visiting from Glasgow, had a seven pound fish from the MacIntyre Pool while Edinbutgh visitor James Black landed a four pounder from the Little Isle. Donald MacPherson Snr continued his success on the Cross Hedges with a four pound grilse and Colin Fraser had a fish of around five pounds on the General's Well.

James adds two more

Anglers from all over the country have enjoyed the benefits of associate membership of Inverness Angling Club. Today (August 27) James Buchanan from Kirkintilloch proved that membership offers real value for money by catching two fish on the club waters. James released both fish - a 4.5 pounder from the MacIntyre, kept, and a five pounder from the Silver Wells, released. Both were caught on a Toby and boosted his catch for the season to six. Don Mackay had a four pound grilse from the Braes.

It’s nearly BBQ time already!

Inverness Angling Club will hold its hugely popular and free annual members’ barbecue on 

Saturday, October 6. As always, the venue will be the MacIntyre hut with a 1230 start. 

It is said that there is no such thing as a free lunch and the same applies to the barbecue. While there will be no direct charge for this event, we do ask that you buy a few raffle tickets, donate a prize or both. 

The barbecue is self funding with the raffle covering expenses. Raffle tickets are being sold by committee members. Gifts of prizes will be greatly appreciated and may be given to any committee member. Come along and enjoy a great afternoon.

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