Catch of the season for Blue Toon angler

Craig Wyness poses with his monster 30.5lb salmon.
Craig Wyness poses with his monster 30.5lb salmon.

APeterhead angler has made what may prove to be the catch of the season, landing a Scottish Salmon weighing in at 30.5lb.

The impressive catch was made by Craig Wyness on the Sheep’s Haugh Pool on Upper Netherdale beat on the Deveron, caught on a size 12 fly on Thursday, October 15.

The fish was returned to the river, but not before proud Craig posed for several impressive photographs for the family album.

The beat was let by Frank Henderson, owner of Turriff Tackle & Trophies. Mr Henderson is Trustee of the Deveron Bogie & Isla Rivers Trust.

This fish will be entered for the Morison Trophy which is presented in memory of Mrs Tiny Morison who caught the heaviest salmon on fly in the UK at Mountblairy on the Deveron- weighing in at 61lb and this record still stands today.

This is the third large fish Craig has landed on the Deveron and he previously won the Morison Trophy two years ago.

Mr Henderson commented: “This is a tremendous achievement by Craig as this season has again been poor for fish returning to the river.

“The Deveron has a ten-year average catch of circa 3,400 salmon but this has dipped over the last two years to 2,500 and 1,100 last season.

“The juvenile stock currently in the river is healthy as shown by electro fishing results carried out by the Deveron Bogie and Isla Rivers Trust every year. The hope is that next year should see more fish returning, while it is a comfort to know that we can still produce large fish”.

The Presentation of the Morison Trophy will be made at the opening day ceremony on February 11, 2016 on the Turriff Angling Association beat on the Deveron at Turriff Bridge .