Monday, December 16, 2013

Salmon Fishing Scotland Winner of Savills Malloch Trophy 2013.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Winner of Savills Malloch Trophy 2013.

The Savills Malloch trophy has been decided for 2013 and this is the official press release by Andrew Graham-Stewart.

2013 winner of Scotland’s most prestigious angling award, the greatest honour in British gamefishing, announced.

The 2013 winner of the Savills Malloch Trophy – for the largest salmon caught by an angler on the fly and safely returned during the year in Scottish waters – has been announced. The successful angler is Shamus Jennings CBE from County Down for a fish, estimated at 50 lb, landed in the River Tweed.

Mr Jennings, on being told of the decision of the Savills Malloch Trophy Committee on December 13th, commented: “I am delighted to have been awarded this prestigious trophy and highly honoured to join such select club. I was fortunate enough to catch a 25 lb salmon the day before. That was my biggest fish to date and it is unbelievable that I was able to better it so dramatically the very next day”.

Mr Jennings’s heavy cock salmon was caught on the Boleside beat of the Tweed on October 29 and measured, before being carefully released back into the river. To be eligible for the trophy a fish must be caught on a fly in a sportsmanlike manner and be returned unharmed.

The fish was 50 inches long with a girth of 33 inches. The dimensions and photograph were considered by Dr Ronald Campbell, Senior Biologist at the Tweed Foundation, who estimated the weight at “over 50 lb”, making it the biggest salmon caught in a Scottish river for decades.

Mr Jennings’s salmon was hooked from the boat on a Boleside Shrimp fly, tied by Boleside gillie Nigel Fell on a Bruce and Walker 16 ft Parabolic rod in the Glenmayne pool. Mr Jennings, who is co-owner of the Boleside beat, added: “A few years ago I hooked an absolute monster of a fish in exactly the same spot. I lost it after 90 minutes. This time I resolved to play my fish of a lifetime very hard to bring it to bank as quickly as possible. In the event it was landed in just 45 minutes”.

At the Savills Malloch Trophy Committee meeting on December 13th several possible contenders from a wide range of rivers between the Highlands and the Borders, were considered. Mr Jennings’s entry, which fulfilled the relevant criteria including best evidence, was endorsed as the winner for 2013. His name will be engraved on the Tay Foundation’s trophy, joining an illustrious list of previous winners which stretches back four decades. He will also receive a replica Malloch Trophy and a £250 House of Bruar Gift Voucher.

Roddy d’Anyers Willis of Savills, a member of the Savills Malloch Committee, commented: “I am delighted that this sensational conservation award has been won by Shamus Jennings for his monster fish, estimated at 50lb, from the Tweed. It is ironic that I may find myself presenting this spectacular silver salmon trophy to the person to whom I sold the Boleside beat, along with his brother, in 2002. Congratulations to Shamus on this fantastic personal achievement”.

Robert Rattray, Secretary of the Savills Malloch Trophy, said: “It is noteworthy that Scotland seems to be producing an increasing number of large salmon in the 25 lb to 30 lb plus class. It is also worth mentioning that from the 2014 season the Committee has decided to widen the criteria for deciding the annual winner. From now on it will not necessarily be awarded for the largest fish although this will remain an important consideration. Other factors such as the time of year of capture, the condition of the fish and how it is handled – in line with best catch and release practice – will also be taken into account”.

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