Pike at Rescobie going well

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How about something different? Well, there have been some out of the ordinary things happening in our angling scene recently.

Two weeks ago, a group of four Rescobie anglers went out to try for pike – yes pike.

It may not be well known, but Rescobie was once much better known for its big pike than it was before trout were introduced and being transformed into the top class fishery we know today.

It would appear that the pike left in the loch, after much netting in the 1990s reduced their population drastically, are doing rather well, thank you.

Scott McGregor from Arbroath hooked one of four fish taken that day and it weighed in at an enormous 38 pounds, a fish in splendid condition and indeed a fish of any angler’s lifetime.

There is one thing you can deduce – the pike in Rescobie are not short of prey.

It has just been revealed that the Morphie Dyke on the Lower North Esk has been breached in the recent high water. A portion of the coping and some other masonry have been washed out to an extent that the fish ladder is now dry and impassable – and no-one seems to own it.

SEPA are trying to find out who is the owner, but I would doubt if they will have much success.

Many of the fishing proprietors upstream of the dam will be delighted, as they have campaigned for many years for its removal.

It would seem to me and many others that the opportunity to remove this historic barrier to salmon etcetera migration is now here, and that the dangerous structure should be demolished.

The same sort of situation was reported by me two years ago, when the Kintrockat dam on the South Esk above Brechin breached.

It has been left to clear a new passage for the river, which is now settled and formed a new pool at the back of the old dam.

When I think back through the years, it is difficult to count the number of such structures which have disappeared – notably the one below the Brechin Brig, which used to make the river in the street a small boating loch.

Brechin Angling Club hold their annual general meeting in the Bridgend Lounge next Sunday, and they ask for a good attendance as they have important business coming up, none less than the election of a new President following the resignation of Adam Ryndyez for personal reasons.

Adam has been an extremely popular guardian of the post and I am sure will be much missed.

Tight lines, Bill Balfour