• A 70lb salmon from the Torridge?

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    A 70lb salmon? Can that be right? Nothing about such a fish in Fred Buller’s The Domesday Book of Giant Salmon, but at Kidson Triggs of Marlborough, Wiltshire, a cast of a fish of that weight comes up for sale. The details state: “Model of a 70lb salmon caught by HRH Philippe II April 3rd 1885 at Rothern Bridge Torrington North Devon.” I’ve never heard of a fish that big from the Torridge, but take a look for yourself. Be delighted if readers can tell us more. The sale, which takes place on October 16, also offers a good selection of tackle items topped by a 2.5in wide-drum Hardy Perfect with smooth brass foot, retailed by Tisdale of New Zealand. This carries a £1000-£1500 estimate, but there are plenty of other items for those with shallower pockets, including 23 wooden reels and 15 fishing books, estimated at £100-£150. You’ll find the catalogue here.


    An Eskimo hunting kit may be just the thing for those struggling to catch. It comprises a kakivak or salmon spear, a nauligak (fish harpoon) an unark (whale harpoon) and harpoon head on line, all in a fitted wooden carrying case. It comes up at Dee Atkinson Harrison of Driffield, Yorkshire, on October 20. Details here.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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