|such beautiful fish - why don't I fish for barbel more often?|
|S&TA article © Laurie Campbell|
|a Royalty salmon|
Part of the challenge we face with fisheries and fish is a lack of hard evidence and their science teams are working hard to provide the facts that we need to fight the battles ahead.
|H.Avon brown trout|
The S&TA are not just about salmon and trout … water is water whatever swims in it and rivers deserve all the help we can give them. Anyway, I decided to avoid any of the fishy issues in my article and have a bit of fun, so here goes.
|an unhappy polar bear|
|male tiger in central India - big aren't they!|
|S.American puma looking for dinner © Laurie Campbell|
|what a beautiful office © Laurie Campbell|
Even in the nineties, I caught trout to ten pounds or so, especially in streams that had recently been damned by volcanic larva. In one lake the trout were feasting on dragonfly larvae in the flooded forest and a live larvae cast between the dead trees resulted in violent takes, spinning reels and blooded knuckles. The fights and resulting meals were memorable.
|clunking great brown trout in the Andes rivers and lakes|
|camping in the wilds is wonderful © Laurie Campbell|
|befriending this fox was a mixed blessing © Laurie Campbell|
|big pussy cat - big teeth © Laurie Campbell|
|humpback whale too close for comfort|
I soon became aware of the dead and injured herring that the whales had missed and reasoned that when they sank to the bottom they would provide the perfect ‘chum’ for halibut … so making note of the exact spot on the GPS … and once the whales had finished feasting, we dropped a dead fish over the side and didn’t have long to wait before the rod was wrenched down by a large flatty. I caught one which weighed 106lbs, then next morning got one so large that we couldn’t lift it into the boat. On measurement it was estimated at over 200lbs. and the titanic battle I had to raise it off the seabed will live with me forever.
We never killed any of the big ones for dinner but little ones of ten pounds or so were cooked on the Barbie at the back of the boat. We had to put up with eating either salmon or halibut every day … but someone’s got to do it!
|it's the quick or the dead in Africa|
|mum watches young osprey exercising new wings near the Spey|
|one for the pot|