It’s big, but what is it?

Mem­o­rable trout from the lower Tweed sparks de­bate

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - First Cast -

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.

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