Loch’s biggest ever salmon
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