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    Default Monster of the Esk

    While fishing the Border Esk a few years back for salmon I saw something which to date no one has provided a rational for. I was wading across the river a couple of miles uopstream from Langholm when I noticed what appeared to be a three quarters buried basket ball. I give it a prod with my foot. On doing this the water just exploded, with a cloud of silt and and gravel being thrown up. This was caused by for all intense purposes by a creature which looked like a giant, mottled coloured, tadpole turning tail and swimming downstream. The beast was between 4 and 5 ft in length Any suggestuions as to what this beast could have been.

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    Haven't a clue but I have made a mental note not to fish at Langholm & certainly not at night. Highlander might be brave but stupid he is not.

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    Sea Lampray???????

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    Definately fits the description of a Cat but being a fish that prefers warmer water, it would indeed be a rarity.

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    How big was the pool ? and is it far from the sea ?

    I love these fishing mysteries, while seeing nothing as exciting as your monster I have seen stags swimming in the water and with a wave rolling around him at distance you would not know what you have seen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Upstream Spider
    Rare enough, but still not as rare as one might imagine. When electro-fishing a trout stream a couple of years ago, one of my "catchers", ( people with nets to get any fish that the the electro-fisher misses), let out a shout, and leapt out of the stream as if he had been scalded!

    He had touched a "floating log" with his net, and it turned round and opened its mouth! We got the fish at the next lower pool in the stream, it was a wels of about 70 lbs. Presumably wandered in from the main catchment.

    Also, many people dispose of their aquarium fish, ( illegally one might add!), by dumping them in various waters.

    In one of the local rivers, there is a population of trout, and a quite a few wels, Seatrout also run this river. The wels are very rarely caught, as nobody fishes for them. I once got three in a day from a relatively small stream while using electro-gear to remove pike.

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    That is a catfish and a half - and from a stream?! I think the UK record is only 62lb's.

    Can I ask a question? Are the Pike which are removed re-stocked elsewhere or killed?

    Dougie

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    HHHholy ****!!!!!
    You could fit inside that fish. Some catfish!!

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    why would you fish using an electric net?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stylie
    How big was the pool ? and is it far from the sea ?

    I love these fishing mysteries, while seeing nothing as exciting as your monster I have seen stags swimming in the water and with a wave rolling around him at distance you would not know what you have seen
    The beast was not in a pool, but in a narrow headstream about 2 ft deep. The water was crystal clear at the time and I could see every stone on the bottom. The location was the Burnfoot Beat which is situated about 3 miles upstream of Langholm.

    Heres a true tail you might like. I was fishing the Tweed very close to Kelso one October. Fishing from the boat I caught sight of a boil from a fish. I put the fly over it on the next cast. It was taken straight away. The water vortexed as if old nick himself had come up for the fly. From first contact it was evident that I had contacted something very large. I thought Ballantines record had gone. I soon realised however that the record was still intact. I had hooked a seal. Needless to say seal and I quickly parted company. If after seals try a 2 inch Garry Dog tied on a copper tube.
    Last edited by Alexander B Keachie; 11-07-2006 at 04:58 PM.

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    Whit month was it...I seem to remember Jim Crawford in an orange leotard doin the back stroke.

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