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    Default Do salmon leap in the sea

    This came up in a discussion recently. I do not really get the chance to see this first hand too often, but I was of the opinion (from reading some of my old fishing books many years back) that salmon milling about off wild rocky shores on the west cost of Scotland would leap in the surf as the storm and impending spate met.
    I am sure I will soon find an answer now.

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    They certainly will jump/show close to shore awaiting water to ascend the river/stream of their choice but would they jump out at sea also? Do they travel at depth or only a few feet down?

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    Default Inshore yes

    Used to often watch them jumping in the bay at Stonehaven.


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    Default Do salmon leap in the sea

    Quote Originally Posted by mows View Post
    Used to often watch them jumping in the bay at Stonehaven.


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    Around there it's getting hard for them to leap with a dolphin holding onto their rear end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newly From The Sea View Post
    would leap in the surf as the storm and impending spate met.
    That's one time I'd be almost certain not to see fish louping.

    They certainly don't like disturbed water carrying a lot of sediment in my neck of the woods.
    Remember Thomas Muir of Huntershill

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    Used to see plenty thrashing the sand eels at the mouth of the river ugie .hardly see a splash now,

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    I've seen both salmon and sea trout leaping in broadbay, Isle of Lewis a good distance out from the mouth of the Coll river and I've seen salmon leaping in the Kyle of Sutherland.

    Neither are open ocean but it's the sea nevertheless.

    This article suggests than salmon travel at some depth in the open ocean, Tagging wild salmon into the deep north | ScienceNordic
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    Oh! For the crags that are wild and magestic
    The steep frowning glories of dark Lochnagar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibm59 View Post
    That's one time I'd be almost certain not to see fish louping.

    They certainly don't like disturbed water carrying a lot of sediment in my neck of the woods.
    By impending, I meant when they could sense/smell freshwater is imminent or when the initial surge was over and the conditions were fining down.

    I do mean close in the shore rather that out at sea.
    I was thinking of either newly from the sea or salmon in wild places by Sidney Spencer, I am certain he describes salmon and grilse going nuts in the bay as they waited to run up a small spate stream.

    In fact, this makes me want to read those books again. Certainly little point in fishing at the moment.

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    Yes they do.

    I remember hearing about one which jumped straight into a small fishing boat when my mates were jigging for mackerel at the mouth of the Tyne prior to moving into deeper water.

    No C&R that day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newly From The Sea View Post
    I do mean close in the shore rather that out at sea.
    Is 20 yds from shore close enough ?
    Remember Thomas Muir of Huntershill

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