Recently I wrote a story about a tagged salmon that we caught again, a month after it was caught and tagged. Here is another one but this time it is about a sea trout.
In early April, a friend and I were fishing on Huseyjarkvisl River chasing sea trout. We were armed with a tag gun to tag the fish we would catch to see if they would be caught again and to get some idea about how much they grow and that kind of thing.
On April 4. we caught a sea trout of 53 cm in the lowest part of the river, in Pool 29 to be exact. We tagged that fish with a small tag containing a serial number and released it back into the river. On August 18. a 60 cm sea trout was caught in Gullhylur pool, almost at the top of the river. That fish had a tag in it's back with a serial number. The anglers looked in the catch book to see when and where this fish was tagged and it turned out it was that fish we tagged on April 4.
So in 4 months and 14 days or so that fish grew 7 cm. You can tell by the picture that it returned to the river at least a few days ago so one can only assume that it spent the summer at sea and has returned to the river for spawning. According to the lenght vs. weight chart for salmon that fish put on about 700 grams of weight during the summer (which is a little less than I put on). If we assume that fish survives the winter in the river and next summer at sea we can hope that it returns in 2015 as a 67 cm fish. In 2017 perhaps it will be an 81 cm fish. Who knows? Not me but I like to assume. I like catching 81 cm sea trout. In fact I love it. I love fishing on Huseyjarkvisl where I have the chance of catching big fish, be that salmon or sea trout.
These are all speculations at best without any scientific proof to any of this but all I know is that if I take that fish and wack it on the head, fillet it and fry it it's not going to grow anymore. That is for sure. It's not going to spawn and maintain the stock of sea trout in the river. That is a given. Maybe we don't need all these fish spawning but who is going to be the one to control which fish gets killed and which gets put back? The anglers? NO! Google "Tragedy of the commons".
I like sea trout fishing. In fact I love it. These fish are amazing in my opinion and I hope I will spend the rest of my life trying to understand them and find ways of catching them. The sea trout on Huseyjarkvisl have given me the biggest thrill of my life and I've hooked some big ones that I never saw. That just ripped line off the reel before breaking my leader somewhere in the deep of the river some 100 meters downstream of me. I've also been there to help a client land a 96 cm sea trout. God knows how old that fish was.
It is my strong belief that catch and release works. I am going to continue to advocate it for the rivers I represent and love. Certainly we will continue to C&R on Huseyjarkvisl River and do our best to maintain the strong stock of sea trout in the river. Long live the sea trout!
Photo top: That tagged sea trout caught recently (Photo by veidimenn.com)
Photo bottom: That 96 cm sea trout caught in May 2013
The sea trout are coming back to our rivers in Iceland. Last group on Huseyjarkvisl River caught 3 sea trout as well as salmon. Including this one pictured. We still have 2 rods available for sea trout fishing on Huseyjarkvisl from September 22. - 25.
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