Catch and release salmon scheme a success

A scheme to encourage anglers to return salmon back to a popular river after capture has been hailed a success after stats revealed local fishermen had embraced the idea.

Environment Agency officials created an incentive system for those fishing the River Tees to not take the species home for the dinner pot and in 2011 64 per cent of fish landed were released without harm.

Prizes were awarded for the most conversation minded anglers, with Bob Forsyth winning a Haze reel worth £170 for returning the biggest specimen of the season of 18lb 6oz.