Loch’s big­gest ever sal­mon

Lennox Herald - - SPORTING MEMORIES -

Most an­glers en­joy a nos­tal­gic look at fish­ing sto­ries from by­gone days and per­haps even more so dur­ing this dire pe­riod of Loch Lomond’s an­gling his­tory when we can­not fish.

This fol­low­ing tale is le­gendary among Lomond an­glers, but not so well known by many non-an­gling read­ers.

The largest sal­mon ever caught from the loch was a per­fectly shaped 44lb fish, cap­tured 90 years ago on April 15, 1930, by Mr Ed­ward Cochrane.

Mr Cochrane’s fish was hooked in that ex­panse of wa­ter known to an­glers as Ceme­tery Bay to­wards its western end.The huge fish had grabbed a blue and sil­ver phan­tom trolled min­now and a long strug­gle en­sued.

The fish was brought to the side of the boat on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions and af­ter re­peated at­tempts was suc­cess­fully landed by 16-year-old boat­man Thomas Hogg.

Mr Cochrane ac­knowl­edged after­wards that with­out the ef­forts of the boat­man dur­ing his strug­gle with this leviathan he would never have cap­tured the mas­sive fish.

Af­ter the sal­mon was brought into the boat, Mr Cochrane felt tired and un­well. He in­structed Thomas to get him ashore and per­haps at this point it is worth men­tion­ing that Mr Cochrane was 83 years old.

Young Hogg rowed speed­ily over to the an­gling bothy on Clair­inch Is­land.

The fire was promptly lit and the an­cient black in­house ket­tle was soon boil­ing away with a brew of strong tea which was to Mr Cochrane’s pref­er­ence, but by this time he had fallen asleep and re­mained so for over an hour be­fore he stirred – to the great relief of Hogg.

The diminu­tive oc­to­ge­nar­ian re­cov­ered af­ter sus­te­nance had been pro­vided and was then rowed back to shore.

There was also a 12lb sal­mon in the boat which had been caught off the En­drick Bank ear­lier that day.What a Lomond

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