Electrofishing Day

Misty Morning

The morning was still but very misty as we all met at Lower Bockhampton and the expectation was that the sun would burn through later in the morning.

The kit and boat were unloaded and we were ready to go. As in the past few years we were joined by Anton Ibbotson and his team from the CEH. They were tagging salmon parr to monitor the parr leaving the Frome and hopefully returning in future years.

The Gang in Full Flow

How to tell the difference between a salmon parr and a trout parr

Here is Anton tagging a small salmon parr

We continued up the Lower Water encountering good numbers of trout, some amazing grayling and plenty of salmon parr for Anton’s team. When we reached Loud’s Mill it was time for lunch and John fired up his stove to reheat a chilli con carne to go with wraps, cheese & salad. Everyone else donated corn crisps, home made HOT Salsa and Guacamole dip – we ate like kings.

Mexican Time

Above Loud’s Mill the trout numbers were equally as good and the sun was beating down roasting them in their dry suits.

At the end of a very hot day 35 pike were removed and will be sold on and a huge number of trout and grayling were counted – best trout was 3lb+

Many thanks to the guys from Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd for all their excellent work and Andrea for the scrumptious chilli con carne 🙂

This is why we do it – a grayling tail!