The River Ayr and River Irvine bailiffs have been busy keeping an eye on things. Both rivers are receiving the unwanted attention of poachers at present but thanks to the bailiffs, several nets have been recovered and a number of people have been reported for illegal fishing/poaching offences. Last week a net was retrieved from the Milton Mill area containing 2 dead salmon and 2 alive that were released.

The River Irvine bailiffs have found new dams being constructed in the middle reaches of the river near Milton Mill. These dams are designed to concentrate fish and therefore enable poachers to remove them from the river. The bailiffs are requesting volunteer assistance to deconstruct these dams and are hoping that anglers and clubs along the length of the river will turn up to assist on Sunday 25th August at 11.30am. As the bailiffs are all volunteers, it seems reasonable to expect anglers to turn up to help after all it is your fish that are at stake. There will be a police presence on the day to ensure things go smoothly.

There have been similar constructions found and dismantled on the Lugar recently.

Now would be a good time to remind everyone that the Trust will once again host bailiffs training with the assistance of the River Ayr bailiff coordinator and possibly Jim Henderson from the Nith DSFB. Last years training proved very successful with  much increased pass rate.  Any candidates, please forward your details to Gordon at the Trust and we will ensure that you are enrolled with the ASFB and IFM. Training will take place commencing in October through to the end of November with the exams at the start of December. IFM Bailiff training manuals will be made available in advance of the training. As always, we encourage candidates to attend as many training sessions as possible as this helps with both exam techniques and learning the subject. Without a doubt, those that attend most nights are the ones that find the exam the easiest.

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3 Responses to Bailiff’s updates.

  1. Scott McKenzie says:

    Fao Gordon

    Please put my name forward for bailiff training

    11 Kinloch Avenue
    East Ayrshire
    KA3 3HF


  2. mark boyle says:

    Hello just to say its good to know that the bailifs have been doing a better job on the lugar water,this season.there are still people poaching when the waters small and clear, (glenmuir mostly) and its good to see the leaves in the water, as this makes it more difficult to net the water.
    Anyway keep up the good work guys,and thank you,

    • Stuart Brabbs says:

      We have been hearing of recent successes on the Glenmuir with the recovery of a gill net this morning (empty). I did hear that there were a lot of fish there last week in the low water but after yesterday and todays spates, all I heard were moans that there were no fish left. The inference was that the poachers had cleaned the Glenmuir out. The bailiffs are active in this area and anyone on the water behaving illegally may expect their collars to be felt at any moment. The bailiffs are doing a great job but we all have a role to play.