Angler Alan smashes record

Alan Campbell with his catch.
Alan Campbell with his catch.
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A KIRKCALDY angler has made history by landing the biggest ever brown trout to be caught at Loch Leven - smashing the former record.

When Alan Campbell returned to shore with his catch, those waiting for him had no idea about the news he was about to break.

For inside Alan’s catch bag was an 11 lbs 5 3/8 ozs monster - the largest ever brought to shore by the countless fishermen who have visited the water.

Loch Leven managing director, Michael Wilson, couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing.

He said: “I was really surprised to see it.

“This was the first time that a fish weighing in the double figures had been landed in 102 years.”

The previous record had stood for decades in the form of the 9 lbs 13 ozs brown trout caught by Colonel Bob Scott on September 8, 1911.

More recently, and almost exactly 100 years to the day later, Michael Mackenzie had gone close with a lovely specimen weighing 9 lbs 6 1/8 ozs but nobody had ever reached double figures until Alan’s catch.

In fact, those at Loch Leven reckon Alan’s brown trout may actually have weighed more when it was caught as it wasn’t brought to shore until around six hours after he caught it.

Speaking on the Loch Leven Fisheries website, Alan paid tribute to Willie and Michael Wilson for recommending he tried fishing at Hole ‘o’ Inch, the spotwhere he caught the fish.

Alan landed his brown trout using a Black / Red Buzzer, again on their recommendation.

Luckily the fish went deep rather than making a break for it, when there could have been problems, and fought for 15 minutes or more before being landed.

The fishery is now testing the fish’s scales to work out its age.

Michael added: “I wasn’t able to have a wee nip with him when he came back - but I’m pretty sure he will have had one.

“Since then I’ve had a lot of phone calls with people interested in his catch.

“It was a historic day for the fishery and we’re planning on having a mould made of the fish.”

Aside from this historic trout being caught, there have been some other reasonable catches recorded last week despite the poor weather conditions.

On Friday, fishermen Ian Simpson and Gordon Hayward caught 10 trout between them on the buzzer in the Hole ‘O’ the Inch - the same area where Alan was fishing.

For further details on the fishery visit lochlevenfisheries.wordpress.com.