Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate (ACE) held their annual Junior Open Angling Day on Saturday, June 29. Expectations were high with a recent rise in water bringing some salmon into the Lady’s Loch and Douglas Pools on the Castle River system where the junior anglers were going to fish.
These waters are usually only available to guests that stay at the castle, however, since 2004; Innes Morrison the Estate manager with permission from Mr. Ian Scarr-Hall, ACE owner, has run a very successful event which is free to all junior anglers aged between six and sixteen. This event is so popular that children have travelled from Lewis, Harris and Uist to fish these famous waters.
This year’s event saw over 51 participants turning up and thoroughly enjoying exciting sport on the three lochans on the Castle River system as well as being well fed by “chef” for the day, Innes Morrison who was in control of the barbecue. Quality brown trout were caught from all three lochans as well as a fresh-run 8lb-12oz salmon from the Lady’s Loch. This salmon had been hooked earlier in the day by Esther Chlad who unfortunately got broken by the fish only for it to be caught an hour or so later by 10 year old Matthew Wright with her hook still in it! Several brown trout in the 2 – 3lb range were landed with the heaviest (3lb) being caught by 9 year old Alex Mackinnon. Bethany Macleod aged 10, had a trout of 2lb-6oz and her 7 year old brother, Kieran, landed one of 2lb. 11 year old Rosie Sullivan had three lovely brown trout for a total weight of 6lb, Connell Mackinnon and his twin brother Kyle had bags of 7lb and 3lb-8oz respectively, Innes Maciver’s catch of 4lb-8oz including a nice trout of 1lb-6oz, 12 year old Graham Macdonald had 3lb of trout to weigh in as did 6 year old Ryan Campbell and Glen Paterson, aged 10, weighed in 2lb-4oz of fish. Trophies were handed out after the weigh in with Matthew Wright receiving the trophy for the heaviest salmon and Alex Mackinnon receiving two trophies, one for the heaviest bag (7lb-8oz) and the other for the heaviest brown trout (3lb).
Once again a very successful event with thanks going to Ian Scarr-Hall and Innes Morrison for organising and running the event and the Estate’s ghillies who assisted on the day.
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Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust