On-line petition launched

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Another protest has been initiated regarding the exploitation of salmon and sea-trout stocks in the South Esk.

Tom and Jean Marshall from the Fishing Cottage on Kinnaird Estates are launching an on-line petition to the Scottish Government.

“We just cannot just sit on the riverbank and watch this iconic river die,” is their comment.

Jean has stayed on the bank of the river for over thirty years, just a stone’s throw from where I lived for the first thirty years of my life.

We have watched the river now for over sixty years between us and have witnessed it dying before our eyes.

I wish Jean and Tom every success with their petition, although I fear that the government led by our local MP has no interest whatsoever in conservation of South Esk Salmon.

The Brechin Angling Club A team in the Scottish Team Championships won its way through to the final with a superb win at Lake of Mentieth last week.

Jock Craig won the heaviest trout competition with a superb rainbow of over 8 lbs. and Ron Gray won the individual competition to go through to the singles final, and they were ably supported by Alan Paterson.

We all wish them well and are hoping for another national trophy.

The Esks have responded to the high water and sea-trout have entered the South Esk in some numbers.

Beats like Kinnaird, Finavon Castle, Inshewan and Cortachy and Dowriepark have had excellent sport crowned by a fish from Upper Kinnaird of over six pounds to the rod of Norrie Macleod from Inchture.

David Milne from Hillside hooked six on a spinner during high water in daylight on the same beat.

Finavon Castle has had two weeks of superb sea trout fishing with weeks of 25 and 17.

However, salmon are still sparse and showing little sign of a decent improvement.

Andy Yates, the ghillie at Cortachy Dowriepark, also reported a sea-trout of over 5 lbs.

Last week, on the North Esk, a fish of 25 lbs was taken at Stracathro and another ten went in the book for Hugh Campbell Adamson’s best week this season. They also had eight sea trout.

Other reporting beats were Gallery with a single salmon and three sea trout, Burn, six salmon and five sea trout, Upper Kinnaber, five salmon and four sea trout.

With river levels remaining high and no sign of a let up in this miserable weather hopes must be high that salmon and the due grilse run will get a free passage into the rivers and that they will bypass the coastal netting in full swing at Lunan Bay and Usan.

Tight Lines,

by Bill Balfour.