The 2019 season on the River Tweed proved to be a better year than the previous year 2018 with 6,814 salmon and 2,668 sea-trout caught.
The rods caught 6,382 of those salmon – an improvement on the 5,644 of the 2018 season, when near-drought conditions depressed catches from April through to September.
2,176 sea-trout were caught by the rods (817 in 2018) and the catches during the June to August period increased more than four-fold, with 1,572 being caught by anglers (373 in the hot summer of 2018).
The River Tweed Commissioners Chairman, Hugh Younger, noted that, “Whilst salmon and sea-trout catches in 2019 were a distinct improvement on the depressed catches of 2018, the apparent emergent trend of a larger run of both salmon and sea-trout in the summer months has not counter balanced the absence of an autumn run.
The increase in migratory fish numbers could reflect the restricted T&J netting season.