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  1. Cap'n Fishy

    New world record Brown ? 46.9lb

    That's certainly how I look at it. When we are fishing those waters, the word 'artificial' does not enter our heads. Loch Lochy - 10 miles long with an average depth of 230 ft... It lies on The Caledonian Canal route, so you have to be prepared for the occasional 'craft' cutting up your...
  2. Cap'n Fishy

    New world record Brown ? 46.9lb

    I've never seen an argulus on any of those fish, or ever heard of argulus being an issue on these big highland lochs. We don't fish among the cages. We are not fishing for those 'cage fish'. At times we are fishing 10 miles or more from the cages. The 'cage fish' I posted a photo of was not...
  3. Cap'n Fishy

    New world record Brown ? 46.9lb

    The giant farmed fish we create artificially on pellets might fit that bill. The fish that are totally wild, but key in on a novel food supply of our making - such as might be found underneath smolt cages - well - take them (or leave them) for what they are. But if you can catch a wild 10 lb...
  4. Cap'n Fishy

    fake lines

    The line I bought was a Guideline 4 Cast, bought off eBay from a renowned angler and TV personality. I paid £20 for it. It was a superb line. When I went to buy another, they were all gone and, looking elsewhere for it, they were suddenly £60! That's all I know about it. Col
  5. Cap'n Fishy

    New world record Brown ? 46.9lb

    No - nothing to do with argulus. Where are you going with this???
  6. Cap'n Fishy

    New world record Brown ? 46.9lb

    With the sea cages, yes. The sea cages (salmon farms) mean that a higher proportion of brown trout that migrate to sea are killed by the burden of parasites emanating from the sea cages. Fewer returning seatrout shift the gene pool towards fish that don't migrate to sea. More fish staying at...
  7. Cap'n Fishy

    New world record Brown ? 46.9lb

    Not denying that in any way. It's a ridiculous irony that the sea cages and smolt cages have between them switched what was one of the premier seatrout lochs into a loch in which you can hunt for large brown trout (in lieu of seatrout). The fish itself is not 'artificial', though, insofar as...
  8. Cap'n Fishy

    New world record Brown ? 46.9lb

    Who ate all the pies? If memory serves, this rainbow was a 'cage fish', originally an escapee, that then lived under the cages on Loch Earn. Technically a 'grown-on' fish in the modern vernacular. Here is a wild brown trout that has found what to do with the salmon smolt cages on Loch...
  9. Cap'n Fishy

    fake lines

    A mate of mine owned a tackle shop in the 90s. The rep for Hardy's told him that there wasn't a fly line that cost more than £2 to manufacture, and that after that it was all down to marketing. (Add inflation, post 1990s.) Col
  10. Cap'n Fishy

    Bird of the day

    Heard my first fieldfares of winter on Saturday. One from last year... They like the sea buckthorn berries. Col
  11. Cap'n Fishy

    New world record Brown ? 46.9lb

    I don't think ferox are ugly at all. They are predators. Is a pike ugly because it is a predator? I don't think they are ugly. Some ferox are not great-looking, for sure, because they have been caught towards the end of their life, and are losing condition, so they can be a bit 'all head and...
  12. Cap'n Fishy

    New world record Brown ? 46.9lb

    If it got that big on other fish, it's not a 'pellet pig', surely? 'Pellet pigs' get big on pellets, do they not? :unsure: Col
  13. Cap'n Fishy

    New world record Brown ? 46.9lb

    Would be interesting to see if you could land it on typical brownie tackle, though, eh? I hooked a rainbow on Menteith on a dry mayfly this year. While I was bringing it in, it was grabbed by a large pike. The pike wasn't for letting its dinner go. I was on a Kamasan B400, a 6-weight outfit...
  14. Cap'n Fishy

    New world record Brown ? 46.9lb

    Isn't a pellet pig a fish that has been artificially reared in a fish farm, and then released for folk to catch it? It's not quite the same as a wild fish that has gorged itself on a constantly dependable food supply, though, physically, the outcome is much the same. But in principle, you...
  15. Cap'n Fishy

    New world record Brown ? 46.9lb

    They do get some 'cage fish', as they are called, lying under the smolt farm cages on the lochs in the north west of Scotland. Browns, escapee rainbows (from their own cages) and char all take advantage. I think they stopped accepting new char records because of the size they were growing to...
  16. Cap'n Fishy

    Dear FFF Agony Aunt,

    I guess it depends on the types of water you are fishing. We are usually fishing lochs with all rocks and skerries and other submerged obstacles in them, so usually are wanting to keep the drogue as high in the water as possible. I lost a drogue on an elephant-sized rock on Craggie a couple of...
  17. Cap'n Fishy

    Dear FFF Agony Aunt,

    Where do you think I got the chains and shackles and ropes from? 😜 And I got a £10 voucher towards my next purchase of gimp masks and bondage trousers. (y)
  18. Cap'n Fishy

    Dear FFF Agony Aunt,

    Good point Jim. I didn't just shorten mine, I replaced them with thicker cord...
  19. Cap'n Fishy

    Dear FFF Agony Aunt,

    I found the ropes supplied with the Wychwood were far too long and I shortened mine up. I also replaced the last 6 feet of each end with plastic chain, so I can vary the length, link by link, as I find that boats don't drift straight with the ropes identical lengths. (So, if the boat was...
  20. Cap'n Fishy

    Not my usual thing.

    Looks a cracking job you have done there, Simon. (y) All that gold detail is a labour of love! Col
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