Annually the Trust compiles the DSFB and Irvine catch data to report to the ASFB. This is then published in the ASFB annual report and allows owners, anglers and visitors to compare rivers.
It is always a thankless task, chasing up missing data but with the deadline looming I’ve completed the returns including all the data that I have to date. 2013 will be a season quickly and best forgotten with the worst results since 2003 on the Ayr, Doon, Girvan and Stinchar.
The Irvine returns are sent straight to the Marine Scotland at Montrose so I always report their figures one year behind the other rivers due to delays in compiling data at the Government’s end.
Below are my final totals and they won’t change unless something appears in my inbox tomorrow morning but this is unlikely. These are as accurate as can be with the data provided. I will update this report in due course with full statistics including 10 year averages once I get time.
The catch and release rates are improving across all rivers but most notably on the Girvan, with an excellent release rate of 75%.
2012 River Irvine District Catch data
Total salmon and Grilse caught 267 % of salmon released 49.4% Total Sea Trout caught 82
2013 River Stinchar Catch data
Total Salmon and Grilse caught 562 % of salmon released 66% Total Sea Trout caught 94
2013 River Doon Catch data
Total Salmon and Grilse caught 603 % of salmon released 54% Total Sea Trout caught 18
2013 River Girvan Catch data
Total Salmon and Grilse caught 212 % of salmon released 75% Total Sea Trout caught 87
2013 River Ayr Catch data
Total Salmon and Grilse caught 347 % of salmon released 41% Total Sea Trout caught 48