It was quite a quiet week weather wise last week. The river dropped away slowly all week. This coming week will start wet, with quite a lot of rain on Monday and Tuesday, it is difficult to predict if the river will rise much but I believe it will. Temperatures will struggle to reach mid-teens and the winds will be light, a pretty good fishing week! The tides are building all week.
Before I discuss last weeks catches I just wish to warn everyone to take care if they take a fish showing signs of a red vent caused by the Anisakis larvae. The larvae can transfer between species so it is important to take care if preparing the fish to eat.
- If wild salmon is to be eaten raw or almost raw it should be frozen in all parts for at least 24 hours, at a temperature of –20 Degrees C or colder. This will ensure that any non-visible parasites or undetectable larvae of nematodes are destroyed.
- This freezing advice also extends to wild salmon that are to undergo a cold smoking process or to be eaten after marinating or salting i.e. as in Gravadlax.
- Where wild salmon is to be hot smoked (internal temperature above 60 Degrees C), which is sufficient to kill any parasites present, then it is safe to eat without freezing first.
Where it is not possible to carry out adequate freezing it is advisable to cook the wild salmon. A temperature of 70 Degrees C for two minutes will kill any parasitic contamination present. As there is no infallible method of detecting and removing larvae, this advice is particularly relevant for pregnant women and elderly people, where ingestion of live parasites from fish could pose a serious health risk.
Catches: The Gordon Castle Beats had another good week with around 50 fish landed.
Delfur also finished the week with 50 salmon; as usual I am grateful to Mark and Rory for taking the time and trouble to keep me supplied with photographs.
Rothes had yet another excellent week with 40 fish landed, Mike tells me the majority were salmon, and quite a few were sealiced.
Craigellachie were into the mid teens with around half of these landed on Monday.
Wester Elchies also had a great start to the week with nine landed on Monday finishing with at least 21 for the week. Surprisingly there is availability for both the above beats next week on Fish Spey.
Carron managed a dozen with Neil Borthwick landing over half of them. Mr. Jimmy Jack though only fishing lightly had three to his own rod.
I hear Laggan finished with around double figures but have no details.
I was pleased to receive a photograph from Tulchan Estate of Alistair Campbell’s fish from C Beat the fish was measured at 42”.
As predicted Grantown had a productive start to the week finishing with a bakers’ dozen!
Kinchurdy continue to catch both salmon and sea trout and again I am pleased to receive another picture, this time Darren Mackay with a 7lb salmon.