Daiwa Fish of the Week Entries 2023 #37 - Spurdog, Barbel, Skate, Sturgeon, Salmon, Brown Trout, Pike, Lesser Spotted Dogfish, Perch

This week we've got Birthday Trips, Road Trips, First Catches, First Casts and the Biggest in the country from our entrants. Congratulations to all our entrants who used everything from Tiny Dry Flies & Dropshot lures to Mackerel Strips and whole Pollack to tempt their captures. 

The winner will be revealed in Friday's Scottish Daily Record newspaper and also on our social media channels check out our Facebook Instagram & Twitter. Make sure you're following us so you don't miss out!

Leo Morrison Forbes Spurdog: Leo was about to turn 6 and for his birthday he only asked for one thing, to catch a shark, so we booked a boat Loch Etive and set off, within the first half hour his rod bent double and he was into a fish he was struggling to control he needed a slight hand holding the rod but managed to reel it in mostly by himself from around 80ft of water, they had around 40 fish to the boat but the biggest was 7lbs on the nose and was the first fish of the day, leaving Leo delighted and his birthday mission completed just before his 6th birthday!

Mr Paterson Barbel: Colin's Son had this 13lb 4oz Barbel on a recent trip to the mighty river Trent's A1 pits section to round off a 10 hour round trip from Lanarkshire. Caught fishing on the far margin on double crab hookbaits.

Craig Mason Barbel: Craig's always wanted to catch a barbel so I made a short solo fishing trip to the river Trent where he was lucky enough to catch 3 Barbel all of which put up a very impressive fight.

Michael Tarr Skate: This skate was caught on Saturday 16th October at Oban aboard the Laura Dawn II out of Oban. t took around 45 minutes to land and involved a lot of sweating and a few swear words!

David Skwarczylo Skate: 184lb female skate caught from shore on west coast of Scotland. She took a Pollack on a size 8 meat hook and took perseverance, determination and team work to get her to the surface. After she was unhooked and few photos taken, David and his pals helped her recover before she swam off safely.

Dylan Grant Sturgeon: Dylan was blanking on a Carp session at Drumtassie Fishery when he suddenly got a single-tone run and struck into this Sturgeon. He said it was a 25 minute battle before this prehistoric monster slipped, known as Maisy into the net weighing in at 35lb 2oz. After a quick pic and some Carp care she swam off strongly.

Graham Stewart Salmon: Graham decided to go for a cast after work to try out a new line only to be greeted with this absolute gem of a fish on the first cast to a size 10 Dunty Special! He'd pulled out just enough line to get a cast and this fish took halfway through the swing. After a fantastic fight back and forth across the river Leven he managed to get this beauty into the net.

Henry Watt Brown Trout: Small Brown Trout from the River Earn on a little silver spinner.

Lee Karpowicz Brown Trout: Lee had this lovely Brown Trout estimated at 4lb on a small dry fly.

Marius Butautis Pike: A nice fish just below the double figure mark from Loch Skene in Aberdeenshire

Oliver Haggart Brown Trout: Oliver likes fishing with his friends

Paul Branchfield Pike: fter years of trying with very little reward, finally managed a decent Pike from Lomond with this mid double coming to a Mackrell tail fished on the bottom in really shallow water.
Peyton McCabe Dogfish: Peyton's first ever Dogfish, caught over low tide at Gairlochead using a Mackerel strip bait.

Robbie Bell Brown Trout: 5lb wild brown trout caught on Loch Langabhat on the Isle of Lewis. The fish took a copper Toby whilst fishing for Salmon. 

Sam Dunn Pike: Caught from Loch Venachar on a Bluey. Sam used a friend's kayak to drop a ledger  on the spot to hook the fish that weighed 20.8lbs 

Scott Robinson Perch: Caught Dropshotting worms at last light 3.2lb