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    Default Loch Awe Ferox Protection - Maximum size limit

    As of 2019 it will be mandatory to return all brown trout over 360mm ( approx 1 lb for a good conditioned fish).

    I don't kill fish (intentionally) and I believe that this is a positive step in protecting the loch's unique ferox population, although I can see it being unpopular in some quarters and possibly difficult to enforce.

    Nevertheless, from March 15th 2019 if you are caught taking brown trout over 360mm from Loch Awe you will be committing a criminal act.

    What does the broader church think?
    Tuig thus' an t-eathar agus tuigidh an t- eathar thu

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    Default Re: Loch Awe Ferox Protection - Maximum size limit

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourach View Post
    What does the broader church think?
    I'm wondering why anyone would want to keep a full-grown ferox. They are big old gnarly things, as often as not, and only suitable for a cold-smoker, I would have thought? On the odd occasion I keep a brownie for eating, I look for one a young, tender one about 10-12 oz.

    However, I don't interact with the people who troll, specifically looking for ferox, and I don't know if they tend to keep them? Does the local hotel put on a speciality of 'Bagels with cream cheese, caviar and local caught, cold-smoked ferox'???

    Col
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    Default Re: Loch Awe Ferox Protection - Maximum size limit

    Hi Col, It’s the science here that’s important and the size and which brown trout may adopt a pisciverous lifestyle. No one is suggesting anyone is or would keep a 20lb fish but by chapping a two pounder you may well be, albeit inadvertently, removing a young ferox trout from the loch.

    “Our research suggests there are multiple pathways to reaching piscivory, however important ‘threshold sizes’ must be attained before the switch to a fish-based diet can be adopted.”

    “This research is an excellent example of multiple stakeholders working collaboratively to enhance the conservation of a potentially vulnerable species, while importantly not taking the right to fish for ferox away from passionate game anglers.”
    Last edited by Bourach; 23-05-2018 at 05:03 PM.
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    Default Re: Loch Awe Ferox Protection - Maximum size limit

    Quote Originally Posted by Bourach View Post
    Hi Col, Itís the science here thatís important and the size and which brown trout may adopt a pisciverous lifestyle. No one is suggesting anyone is or would keep a 20lb fish but by chapping a two pounder you may weíll be, albeit inadvertently, removing a young ferox trout from the loch.

    Iíll see if I can find the relevant link
    Ah - OK - I'm with you now. That would make sense. Non-ferox will rarely get much above a pound, but there will be the transitional period where young ferox need to stick their heads above the parapet and get from one pound to 4 lb or so, before they become part of the breeding population (going by received wisdom). They will be very vulnerable in that 1 lb to 4 lb period, as...

    1) there is the chance of someone chapping them, simply because they can then go: "Look mum, I've caught a big trout..."
    2) they have not contributed to the next generation while in that size range.
    3) those fish are not a big group. In our sorties into trying to catch ferox on fly, we have caught the expected numbers of fish up to, let's say 1 lb 8 oz, and then we have caught more fish over 6 lb than we have fish between 1 lb 8 oz and 6 lb. That tells a story.

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    Default Re: Loch Awe Ferox Protection - Maximum size limit

    I once asked a Ferox fisher why he killed them , Oh you cant claim them as a record if you don't, I walked away , this man was supposed to be the secretary of the club , Jeezo?
    easker1

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    Default Re: Loch Awe Ferox Protection - Maximum size limit

    A positive step, and one that shouldn't be ill received in an era that embraced catch and release, my guess is more fish are taken by the holiday brigade in those regions.

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