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Last Updated: Monday, 15 October 2007, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
Buyers angle for fishing bargain
The site produced a record 415 salmon last season
Exclusive fishing rights on a sought after part of the River Tay have gone on sale for 1.55m.

Kercock Fishings, which is about 15 miles from Perth, has been described as a "bargain", because it produces so many salmon.

Estate agency Savills said the stretch of river produces just under 300 salmon every year, which worked out at an average of 5,166 per fish.

Fishing rights normally sell for up to 12,000 per fish caught each year.

The rights to 12 rods across two banks of a two mile section of the River Tay are included in the 1.55m price tag, as well as two fishing huts and two fishing boats.

It is the only salmon fishing on the market at the moment so there will be quite a few people looking at it
Anna Thomas
Savill's in Edinburgh

Anna Thomas, of Savills in Edinburgh, said: "This is not a high price at all for this kind of thing.

"Salmon fisheries can sell for up to 10-12,000 per fish. This one has produced up to 300 a year for the last five years.

"At 1.55m, that works out at just over 5,000 per fish.

"There has been interest in it already. It is the only salmon fishing on the market at the moment so there will be quite a few people looking at it."

William Jackson, from property consultants CKD Galbraith, said: "This is the first major beat on the lower Tay to have been advertised for sale for many years.

"It is unusual for such a prolific beat to be offered, and we would anticipate considerable interest from the fishing fraternity - both individuals and syndicates."

The fishings operate as two beats - Upper and Lower Kercock - which were created in the mid 1970s by the 17th Earl of Perth and the late Hugh Kerr of Tower of Lethendy.

In the 2006 salmon season, a record haul of 415 salmon and 40 sea trout were caught.

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