Find­horn gi­ant

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - First Cast -

ASALMON WEIGH­ING per­haps 45lb has been landed on the Dry­nachan beat of the River Find­horn. It is a ma­jor con­tender for this sea­son's Mal­loch Tro­phy. Sandy Keil­loh, from East Sus­sex, caught the cock fish on a size 12 Stoat’s Tail dou­ble from Ve­rac­ity pool at 10.20am on Au­gust 18. It was the fi­nal day of his trip with fish­ing com­pan­ions Ron­nie Shan­non and Gor­don Mcdon­ald. The fish made sev­eral runs, at one point surg­ing 80 yards up the pool and only stop­ping when it reached the shal­lower wa­ter in the neck. He said, “When we even­tu­ally caught sight of the fish, it was clearly very large and looked a bit big for the net. So much so that the first at­tempt to get it in failed as it sim­ply lay across the 30in gye, but didn’t drop in. After an­other run, Gor­don man­aged to ‘shoogle’ it into the bag.” Sandy ex­tended a 40in tape but it only reached the fish's adi­pose. He said, “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd run out of tape.” The fish was 48in from nose to tail with a girth of 27in just in front of the dor­sal fin. With 50 years of sal­mon-fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, Sandy has caught his fair share of 20-pounders. His pre­vi­ous big­gest fish, also from the Find­horn, weighed 29½lb. He said this fish was big­ger “by an or­der of mag­ni­tude” and – as the pic­tures show – its depth and girth were “colos­sal”.

Sandy Keil­loh with his fish of a life­time.

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