It’s big, but what is it?
Memorable trout from the lower Tweed sparks debate
THIS THUMPING great fish was caught by Oxfordshire rod Charlie Cordery from the Richie Burn on The Boathouse beat of the River Tweed at 10.30am on September 17. It weighed 12lb and took a two-inch Junction Shrimp copper tube fished on a floating line and super-fast sink-tip. The water was running clear at 1ft 4in. But is it a brown trout or a sea-trout? Boathouse gillie Steve Herdman is convinced it’s a seatrout. Tweed Foundation trout and grayling biologist Kenny Galt can't be so sure. He suggests that orange spotting on the belly may indicate a spawning sea-trout but other indicators suggest a brown trout. This confusion is common and without a scale sample we'll never know for certain. However, if it's a brownie , weighing 12lb, it could be a record for the river… Congratulations, Charlie.
Charlie Cordery with his 12-pounder.