The biggest brown trout caught for a century from Scotland’s Loch Leven has been boated at a weight of 9lb 6.125oz
Measuring 760mm in length, the fish was landed by boat angler Michael Mackenzie, with the capture coming almost 100 year to the day since the last 9lb fish from the water that was taken on September 8 1911.
Michael, from Whitburn, West Lothian was fishing near the loch’s east buoy when he hooked the trout which fell for a black deer hair snail imitation presented on fully floating line.
Over 20minutes passed before the specimen finally came to the net, in which time the boat's motor had to be fired up to move with the fish during one particularly impressive run.
Anglers who witnessed the fish have placed the age of the historic brownie at between 11 and 13 years old. A more precise age should be reached soon after scales from the trout were sent to the Marine Scotland labs for analysis.
•The previous biggest brown trout caught from Loch Leven in 1911 was landed by angler Colonel Scott at a weight of 9lb 13oz. However, rumor has it that the fish was in fact foul hooked.
Last modified on Thursday, 22 September 2011 09:41