River Tay novice angler lands 38lb salmon

Ghillie Steven McIrvine holding the fish Ghillie Steven McIrvine holding Mr McAdam's 38lb salmon

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A novice angler has caught a 38lb (17.24kg) fish on one of his first day's salmon fishing.

Andrew McAdam was fishing with ghillie Steven McIrvine on the Glendelvine water at Murthly - the same area where Georgina Ballantine's famous 64lb (29.03kg) salmon was caught in 1922.

Mr McAdam's salmon was measured prior to its release and had a length of 117cm and a girth of 62.5cm.

It was 2lb heavier than the biggest salmon landed in Scotland last year.

Huston McCollough caught a 36lb salmon while fishing in the River Spey last May.

The Tay Foundation said during the past few weeks a number of fish in the 25lb (11.34kg) to 32lb (14.51kg) class had been landed.

Mr McAdam is understood to have fished for salmon once before in Alaska, and is usually a trout fisherman.

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