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Fishing In Caithness
However, Sunday was set aside for angling with a party of individual anglers all getting to know each other and fishing together.
We set of as the
morning fog wrapped herself around us and embraced us with her misty
presence, this was coupled with mirror-like seas. Our first stop was
The Grounds which producing very little apart from Coalies and a few
sparse Mackerel – After assessing the conditions I decided to take the
lads east as we drifted along Brigga the fog lifted and the scenery
unfolded before us. Nick decided to open the day with a
Despite a strong south easterly the winds the competitors aboard the Karen and Hebridean Warrior found excellent fishing with cod and pollack the main species. Over 1000 fish were landed, the majority of which were returned after being marked on the angler's score sheet. The cod, pollack and ling were of a good average size and the largest of each as around the four kilo mark.
The keenly contested event was won by Colin Mackay of Thurso who picked up £250 for his efforts. In a close second place was Gus Mackenzie of Inverness followed by Fife visitor Robbie Robertson.
The team prize went to the local duo
of Derek Yuille and David
Best fish of the competition was an 87 cm ling captured by George Bell of Stirling.
The Association will be organising a
shore league this year with the first leg taking place at Scrabster
harbour on the afternoon of Sunday 21st May. Full details of this event
are available in the Wick and Thurso fishing tackle shops.
Karen and Scrabster in
Fishing Magazine in June 2006
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Caithness is the most northerly county in Scotland and is a Mecca for Anglers of all persuasions. For sea-anglers there is the Pentland Firth, which is home to many species including haddock, wrass, ling and pollock etc., and are renowned for the possibility of picking up a halibut.
Our trout fishing is famous with lochs like Watten (See Watten 22 Sept 2001) and St. Johns being among the most popular. Tickets for these and other lochs can be had from Hugo Ross. The ‘hill lochs’ can be booked through the Ulbster Arms Hotel, Halkirk.
The Wick River can provide some excellent
Of course, the Thurso River is the jewel in
the crown of Caithness salmon angling. The Thurso meanders some
twenty-seven miles from Loch more through moorland and meadow on it’s
way to meet the sea.
There are thirteen numbered beats on the Thurso one of which, Beat 1, is given over to local anglers. Visitors are also welcome. The other beats are fished in rotation i.e. 12-10-8 etc. Prices vary from around £50 to £85 per rod per day. Booking and further information about Thurso River can be found here.
Dunnet Bay Area of Caithness also offers some of the most northerly mainland fishing possibilities.
Wick - Mainly rock fishing for cod, conger, haddock, mackerel, pollack, saithe, and flatfish. Porbeagle shark off Caithness, and great halibut fishing. Good points are: Longberry, Broadhaven, Sandigoe and Helman Head. Very Good cod fishing off Noss Head. Best months: June to Sept.
Thurso River superintendent Eddie McCarthy maintains there is a growing need for Government, marine scientists and fishing interests to come together and implement measures to better conserve young salmon at sea. "Our job as river managers is to provide a good area for the salmon to spawn so they are in good shape when they go out to sea as smolts. After they go out to sea, nobody has responsibility for them", and "It really is down to the Government and their will to protect the stocks at sea.," he said.
St Johns Loch