Miss Ballantine’s Record Salmon

This record fish was taken from the River Tay near Caputh in Perthshire by Miss Georgina Ballantine on October 7th 1922. She was fishing with her father, a ghillie, and as dusk approached she hooked this monster salmon. After a battle which lasted two hours it was landed. The salmon weighed 29 kilograms (64 pounds) and is the heaviest British rod-caught salmon and a record which is unlikely to be beaten.

The prize catch was brought to Perth, where the taxidermy firm of P.D.Malloch’s captured its size and beauty in a striking plaster cast, The salmon was gifted to Perth Royal Infirmary and eaten by staff and patients alike! On display in the Wild and Wonderful Perthshire Gallery is a modern fibreglass replica of the original plaster cast.

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