Items filtered by date: September 2019

Get set for BBQ

Inverness Angling Club will stage its annual end-of-season barbecue at the MacIntyre Pool hut on Saturday, October 12, from around 12.30 pm. The event is a popular gathering of members and friends, with good food and an interesting raffle, the proceeds of which support the year round costs of the club huts. Anyone with a prize to donate should bring it with them on the day or deliver it to the Little Isle hut when convenient.

Marathon access restrictions

This week will see restrictions to access around the Little Isle in preparation for the annual Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running on Sunday, October 6. For logistical and safety reasons the weekend closure on Bught Road begins on Friday at 1.30 pm and continues through to Sunday midnight.

Significant logistics movements will take place around the Little Isle car park on Wednesday, October 2, when members are asked to park in the RNI car park wherever possible. Limited mobility/disabled members will get access towards the Little Isle car park via Ballifeary Road/Ness Walk junction roundabout and, depending on weather, they will be able to park on the Bught Park. They should show their club permit and disability pass at this junction. 

On Friday (October 4) from 1.30 pm, and all day Saturday, stewards are briefed that use of the Little Isle car park will be possible. Access by showing of passes will be at Ballifeary Road/Ness Walk junction roundabout.

Mill result for Derek

The last day of September was a good one for Inverness Angling Club member Derek Proctor. Out on the Mill Stream, he hooked and landed a fresh fish of seven pounds. The river remains quiet with just hardened regulars covering the water. But fish are there and increased effort could see catch numbers rise in the run up to the end of the season on October 15.

Time for a cast

Another two salmon were caught and released on the angling club beats today. Neil Fraser was out early on the General’s Well Pool where he landed a four pound grilse. In the afternoon, following high tide, Chris Bruce got back to his old ways, landing and releasing an eight pound fish from the Mill Stream. With just 14 fishing days to the end of the season, now is the time for those last few casts to save a blank.

Perseverance pays

Put in the hours and you will secure success, even in a season where the fish may be few and far between. And that’s certainly what Davie Dyce does. Out on the MacIntyre again today, he landed an eight pound salmon. No other catch reports have come in as yet.

Just reward for James

Over the years, many anglers have travelled long distances to experience and enjoy fishing the club water of the River Ness. One of the most recent long term visitors is James Emery from Norfolk, an associate member who has spent many weeks on the river - fishing hard and helping out with bank works. And he got just reward today with a four pound grilse caught and returned on a Ghillie fly.

Time for returns

Inverness Angling Club is preparing for the mandatory process of collecting catch returns for the 2019 season. Returns boxes have been placed in the Mill Stream and Little Isle huts, and in Graham’s tackle shop in Castle Street. Accurate catch returns are crucial if the River Ness is to avoid any risk of being demoted to conservation category three in 2021. All returns, using the detachable forms on the membership  cards, must be submitted no later than October 23.

Another legal requirement for the 2019 season is a return of fishing effort - the number of days spent per month per angler fishing the club water for salmon. Members should note that failure to comply could result in prosecution. 

There is no provision for effort in the catch return form as this new requirement was announced after club cards were printed. It should be possible, using a fine tipped pen, to enter the days fished against each month on the right hand side of the catch return. If not, please enter the month and days fished on a separate piece of paper and staple it to the returns card.

Father follows son

Yesterday, Donald MacPherson Jnr landed an eight pound salmon from the Red Braes Pool. Today, it was the turn of Donald MacPherson Snr. Fishing his favoured spot at the Cross Hedgings, below the General’s Well Pool, ‘old’ Donald caught a fine six pound grilse.

Fish - at last!

Salmon have been hard to come by on Inverness Angling Club’s beat over the past couple of weeks. But Donald MacPherson and Tony Quinn ended the famine this morning with a fish each from the left bank of the Red Braes Pool. And Donald reported heartening signs of fish running through the river. His fish of eight pounds was taken on a red Park shrimp while the ever-popular Cascade brought success for Tony. The third fish of the day, a fly-caught coloured three pound hen, was landed at the tail of the MacIntyre Pool by Ally Henderson.

Social media reported a salmon being caught towards the end of last week, now confirmed as a six pound cock fish from the MacIntyre on Friday by Lee Mackenzie. Members and visitors are reminded that all catches must be reported to the club within 24 hours. It's an easy process. Details of how to report are given in membership cards and visitor permits.

Nice one!: Tony's Braes catch

Happy! This fish produced a smile from Donald

Ruthven boat off for season

Inverness Angling Club has removed its boat from Loch Ruthven for the rest of the trout season, which ends on October 6. It appears that a removable seat fitted earlier this season has caused a small crack which requires repair.

A padlock which secured the boat’s oars has gone missing. Acting president Alex Elliott has appealed to the person who failed to refit the padlock to call him to explain the omission. A record is maintained of all users so it would be better for this member to call before the club has to contact them formally. Alex’s mobile number is printed on the club membership card.

Culprit: The removable seat

Problem: The crack under the gunwale

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