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.