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Skate Tagathon update

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Day one

saw some fantastic action in the Sound of Jura with ten boats and two kayaks taking 26 Common Skate to 210lb ….. regional press, Visit Scotland tourist officials and Alan Radford the economist who carried out the Government’s economic study of  the value of sea angling to the Scottish Economy were on board our press boat to witness first hand the  conservation efforts of these volunteer anglers .

We can safely say that they were all totally amazed to see these magnificent creatures and were fully supportive of the initiatives that SSACN are doing.

Day Two

Firstly I must say a big well-done to the anglers on the charter boats from Oban ………. two fish over 200lb is fantastic ……….. well-done !!

gottchaEarly indications show that 19 Common Skate were caught by this dedicated bunch of conservation minded anglers ….. fish up to 185lb were tagged and released as part of the Scottish Shark Tagging Programme …….. the largest fish being caught by Ayr sea Angling Club member Steven Toner mid morning only to be caught by SSACN’s secretary Denis Kelly mid afternoon on board On Yer Marks boat skippered by Ian Burrett…………. these fish are truly the apex predators in the area and like to feed !!

Over 70 anglers haven taken part in the so far in this … the first Skate Tagathon ………….. but my hat goes off to Andy Davidson of the West Midlands on a Kayak who managed to get a fish of around 170lb – 180lb on Friday but had been pulled over by a fish on Thursday ……. but with the help of his wife to be and his mate Benjamin managed to get the fish to the Kayak ………… RESPECT !!

Day Three

jack hope 113What a beautiful day it was …. calm and sunny so I don’t think we minded too much that the fish weren’t biting as well as they had been. Nine fish were caught with the biggest a fish of 193lb for Gordon Goldie of Ayr SAC.

On board Reel Deal we dropped a fish mid morning and waited till the very last drop before we could shout those magic words " skate on" … this time it was Scott Gilchrest’s first skate which turned in at 187lb …. he was well chuffed !!

A full report will follow soon but we would just like to thank everyone that took part …… without you there is no event and with no event there is no fun …… remember also we are all doing our part in collecting valuable data on these magnificent creatures which will I’m sure help us find out so much more about them and make sure that they are never again targeted commercially.

The SSACN Skate Tagathon Team

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