Sunday, 20 March 2011
the Arctic Charr Project
Photo - The Tangled Wood at the Policemans Bay.Facebook
The Arctic Charr Project
Following on from last week’s revelation that our Charr restoration project has been put at risk by the abolition of the Regional Grant Scheme I met with SNH on Wednesday to clarify the position.
It looks as though the grant scheme will not be resurrected in the foreseeable future which is desperate news for all involved in conservation and restoration projects. They did however offer a slim ray of hope in that some monies are available but must be spent before the end of the financial year. I was however cautioned not to be over optimistic! So on that front we will just have to wait and see what develops.
They have however provided us with a letter which we may use in seeking alternative funding in which they state the importance of our project and their desire to see it succeed! This will undoubtedly be of assistance to us in our quest for funds. They are behind us one hundred percent, as are the scientists who carried out the gill netting survey. The Arctic Charr becomes more endangered every day and St Mary’s loch is an ideal habitat having an oligotrophic nature quite distinct from the smaller Lowes which is classed as mesotrophic and unlikely to be as good a habitat for Arctic Charr. The clear cool and largely neutral ph water is exactly what they require.
This setback unfortunately gives us a huge amount of extra work on top of what is an already heavy workload preparing for the reintroduction. Now that work must cease temporarily and we must concentrate on compiling applications that will have to be sent to the various bodies who disburse funds. We are currently preparing a submission to the Heritage Lottery fund.
We now have a Facebook page for our club members. It will be accessible by invitation only and is available to all club members. Anyone wishing to join should e mail our treasurer John Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is envisaged that the site could be used as a chat box type thing so if you want to discuss tactics on the lochs get your application in now! Unlike this blog the page is guaranteed to be Muppet free!
Wild Trout Competition
More entries are coming in but to those who have not quite got round to entering yet, please get your entries in early it really does make life easier for the Glen & the Tibbie if they have an idea of numbers likely to be attending.
Photo - A Pied wagtail sings on the boathouse roof.
Heavy Trout 2011
The competition for the heaviest Brown Trout of the season has commenced and all members are eligible to enter. Simply post the weight of your catch naming your witness who can verify your claim and at the end of the season the winner will be awarded with the heavy Trout cup and a tackle voucher to be used in one of our recommended outlets! The cup can be fished for by using any legal method and is open to club members and season ticket holders.
Nice to see that the Triathlon and the Hearts & Heroes events are again being staged at the lochs. There was a good turnout last year let’s hope it’s even better this year. Thanks to Alastair and Selina at the Tibbie who have posted our upcoming competition on their events page. Thanks Alastair & Selina http://www.tibbieshiels.com/
New Salmon handling guidelines
When the District Salmon Fishery boards come out with some guidelines for handling Salmon that are to be returned to the water you just know it is well researched. They now recommend that circle hooks, barbless double or single hooks be used. They also state that handling the fish by the chin /gills or suspending it by the tail be prohibited. Dragging Salmon over gravel in Dangerman style is also forbidden! Deep hooked Salmon should have the line cut with hook left in situ no attempt should be made to remove deep hooks. Looks like Dangerman won’t be doing any Salmon fishing either!
Photo - blobs of frog spawn laid this week.
Is spring here?
Well certainly the Pied Wagtails seem to think so the one in the photo singing on top of the boathouse marking his territory. Similarly the Frogs around the loch have been hard at work and laid much spawn in the boggy areas around the loch. Hope their instincts are correct! It won’t be long before the young lambs appear at the lochs the ones at Philliphaugh have been out now for a couple of weeks. We shouldn’t have to say this but after a debacle last year – do not go into a field with stock present and on no account have a dog with you in such an area. We will take an extremely dim view of anyone breaking these rules!
Photo - Dangerman (Kevin Austin) proud to be a mutilator of Pike!
PERMALINK - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPyaB3zxDz4
Click the above link to find out how NOT to handle Pike; the perpetrator of the shocking handling in the video has been barred from fishing at our lochs! Have a look at the video and the dopey comments below, he has removed 23 comments from the video all 100% negative (mail us if you would like to view them).
Please download his photo and pass it on to your venue and ask them to visit our news pages to read about a disgrace to angling and a Pike mutilator.
Would you really want this fool with his appalling handling skills fishing at your loch?