Boddin Pt Salmon Station
the hill from the Elephant Rock we come to the remains of a 19th Century salmon
fishing station. This area of coastline was famous for its salmon, and, on a small
scale, the industry continues to this day.
unclear when man first began to fish for salmon off the Angus coast, although
it is documented that monks were using stake nets here in the middle ages. Salmon
fishing here really took off though, in the early 19th Century when the Boddin
fishing station was built. The station comprised of an icehouse, fishhouse, harbour
and bothy. The building at the shore is most likely to have been the fishhouse,
and it may be that the icehouse was built underground, to keep the ice cold.
|Boddin Pt Salmon Station|
nets used can be seen up and down the coast for several miles from here, with
netting stations both to the north and south of Lunan. The nets in use sitting
offshore, with many others sitting tethered on dry land for repair and to dry
out. Both fixed and sweeping nets are used here to catch the salmon as they swim
along the shoreline. During the early part of last century, this stretch of coast
was the most productive salmon fishery in the whole British Isles.
a long period of declining numbers of salmon, fishing ceased here during the 1980s.
However, the industry has had a new lease of life since that point, with the former
licence holder, J Johnston & sons of Montrose, selling them to independent
fishermen who have started their own successful salmon fishery in the bay.