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Tweed BioBlog: week beginning Monday 8th August 2016

Monday: admin & writing during the day, then down to Paxton for netting in the evening, the best session for some time, a dozen salmon and a couple of Sea-trout. Most were Grilse around 55cms, one just 45cms, more the sort you would expect in June. Three good Salmon as well, 10-14lbs, one of which actually had a “proper” number of Sea-lice on it, some with the egg sacs still attached (“Tide-lice”), most though still unusually lice-free.  Tuesday: office all the day then back down to Paxton in the evening, great hopes aroused because one of the crew had come down an hour early and had seen the best “rows” of fish he’d seen for a long time (a “row” of fish means a group of fish worth rowing for, not a line of fish). One good “row” then went past before we were ready, then three good “rows” came up when the net was out – but only one little Grilse was caught. After that the fish stopped coming and we only caught one more little Grilse. Wednesday: Organising the annual electric-fishing of the Ettrick  the main item of the day, and then an earlier start at Paxton,  in case the fish ran early as they did yesterday, but this time nothing at all – and the whole Scottish Water Bailiffs’ course down to see netting in action and all they saw was the only blank day we’ve had this year. Thursday: in the office, main item preparing for a Fishery Management Planning group meeting at Perth next week. Friday: weekly staff meeting and a lot of admin.