Additional information about catch returns
Crieff Angling Club is required to submit catch returns to the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board and to the owners of waters that we lease. We need to be able to report catch information separately for
- each beat
- each month
- total number and weight of each type of fish
- fish returned and fish kept
From 2020 onwards, we also also required to tell Marine Scotland Science how much salmon "angling effort" took place on club waters in the year. That means that every club member now needs to tell us how many days s/he spent fishing for salmon, separately for each beat and each month. Up to 4 hours fishing counts as half a day, and over 4 hours counts as a full day.
These returns are a significant legal responsibility for the club, and to meet it we rely on individual club members to submit accurate and timely catch returns at the end of the season. Because this is important, failure to submit a correctly completed catch return by 10th November will normally lead to loss of club membership.
The best and most accurate way to send in your catch return is online. This is much better than handing in a paper form because it makes it much easier for the Club Secretary to process the data from members and produce overall catch returns.
Completing a catch return
To be sure that our overall club returns are accurate, it is essential that all members submit a catch return for the year, even if they did not fish on club waters at all.
So we need all members to complete the first section of the form.
- First name, surname and club membership number are required.
- All members are asked to enter an email address that can be used to contact them. This is not mandatory, but the club needs to find ways to communicate more effectively and efficiently with members, and email is the ideal way to do that. So we want as soon as possible to have an email contact address for ALL club members.
- This catch return form applies to Club waters on the River Earn and Loch Turret. It does not include Drummond Loch, for which returns are made separately. The beats on the Earn are Drummond Castle beat, Strowan beat and Braidhaugh beat. Please remember that Braidhaugh beat is the south bank only of the Earn above the town bridge - the north bank is part of Drummond Castle beat.
- If you did NOT catch any salmon, grilse, sea trout or brown trout on these waters which club rules would have allowed you to keep, you should make a NIL return by selecting YES instead of NO in Section 1.
- Even if you are making a NIL return, you must use the "Angling Effort" table to report the number of days you fished for salmon on club waters, by month and by beat. Record a half day in decimal format 0.5
- If you are making a Nil return, no further information is required, so you can then go to Section 3 and click on the "Submit Catch Return" button.
Unless you are making a NIL return, you should use Section 2 of the form to provide a full return.
When completing Section 2 of the form, please :
- Use the drop-down menus to select the combinations of month, beat and returned/kept that are relevant for you and enter total number and weight of fish of each kind.
- Enter the weight of fish in pounds (lb) not in kilos.
- Only enter information for months/beats where you did catch fish.
- Only include fish that you caught, landed/netted and could have legally kept. Do not include kelts, gravid fish or under-sized fish, BUT do include any sea trout caught after August.
When you have entered all the fish you caught in the year, please check the form carefully to make sure it is accurate.
Submitting your return
Once you are happy that your return is correct, we suggest that you print or save a copy for your own records.
Then click the "Submit Catch Return" button to send the information to the club.
A message should then quickly appear on your screen confirming receipt of the data. If this does not happen, please wait for a minute and click the Submit button again.
If you still do not see a confirmation message, or if you encounter any other difficulties when using this form, please email email@example.com with a short description of the problem.