A 70lb salmon? Can that be right? Nothing about such a fish in Fred Buller’s The Domesday Book of Giant Salmon, but at Kidson Triggs of Marlborough, Wiltshire, a cast of a fish of that weight comes up for sale. The details state: “Model of a 70lb salmon caught by HRH Philippe II April 3rd 1885 at Rothern Bridge Torrington North Devon.” I’ve never heard of a fish that big from the Torridge, but take a look for yourself. Be delighted if readers can tell us more. The sale, which takes place on October 16, also offers a good selection of tackle items topped by a 2.5in wide-drum Hardy Perfect with smooth brass foot, retailed by Tisdale of New Zealand. This carries a £1000-£1500 estimate, but there are plenty of other items for those with shallower pockets, including 23 wooden reels and 15 fishing books, estimated at £100-£150. You’ll find the catalogue here.
An Eskimo hunting kit may be just the thing for those struggling to catch. It comprises a kakivak or salmon spear, a nauligak (fish harpoon) an unark (whale harpoon) and harpoon head on line, all in a fitted wooden carrying case. It comes up at Dee Atkinson Harrison of Driffield, Yorkshire, on October 20. Details here.