Items filtered by date: August 2019

Maz makes two

Maz Stephen continues to get due reward for the hours he puts in on the club water of the River Ness. Following his recent 21 pounder from the Weir Pool, he landed a nice grilse from the Mill Stream today (August 6). Despite good water, and more anglers out on the water, catches continue to be slow. Hopefully, more fish will arrive soon.

Nice one: Grilse for Maz

Members make bank progress

Bank clearance works will continue around Inverness Angling Club’s fishings on Sunday (August 11). Volunteers are asked to meet at the Mill hut at 10.30 am when new equipment will be available to help make the works quicker and easier. The club has invested in another strimmer and hedge trimmer, added a pole saw to tackle high branches and purchased a range of associated safety equipment.

Meanwhile, local and associate members have begun to make a real difference to the right bank of the MacIntyre Pool - one of the top pools on the river where the growth of trees and hedges has been impeding access. Setting an example were Donnie Allan and Chris Bruce, together with associate members Ian Jennings, from Wolverhampton, and James Emery, from Norfolk.

Apart from Sunday’s works, any member who can contribute an hour or so to clearing banks can pick up the appropriate tools from Mike Campbell (Tel: 01463 751324) who is storing and maintaining the equipment.

Before: Like a jungle

After: Clear banks, proud members

Fair ends on a high

Anglers’ Corner at the Highland Field Sports Fair enjoyed two very busy days over Friday and Saturday (August 2 and 3). Run by Inverness Angling Club, the feature was a popular attraction with casting competitions, demonstrations and tuition. 

Fraser Smith won the men’s distance casting event on Saturday but was just pipped at the post for the overall championship by Aiden MacDonald’s effort of the previous day. The senior trout accuracy went to Chris Macleod while Kim Scobie won both the ladies distance and trout accuracy. In the junior events, Arran Gordon took the distance casting while Craig Simpson won the trout accuracy.

Acting president Alex Elliott expressed his appreciation to the club members who gave their time over both days to help run the events. But he added: “We needed more help and were really pressed to manage all the activities over the two days. We were very disappointed by the low turnout of both committee and club members to represent their club at what is a key annual event.”

For pictures, see Gallery

Competitive first day at Moy fair

A glorious first day at the Highland Field Sports Fair at Moy (August 2) meant those competing in the competitions at Anglers’ Corner enjoyed good conditions for casting. 

In the senior events, Kirsty McGuinness was the winning lady in the salmon distance while Aiden Macdonald was the winning male with a cast of 44 yards. Tracy Stronach and John MacAskill won the trout accuracy competitions.

It was a double double in the junior events with Cheyenne Stronach and Arran Gordon winning both of their respective salmon distance and trout accuracy events.

First half catch falls

The official return of catches for the club water of the Ness, for the period from February 1 to July 31, shows a distinct drop over the corresponding period of 2018. Fourteen salmon and grilse were caught compared with 26 last year. These included (with the corresponding figures for last year in brackets) 7 salmon (14) released, 4 grilse (10) released, 1 salmon (0) retained and 2 (2) grilse retained. Running totals were 11 (24) salmon/grilse released and 3 (2) salmon/grilse retained, giving a release rate of 79 per cent (93 per cent).

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