Marina Gibson is a fanatical angler who spent much of her childhood chasing salmon, trout and sea trout throughout the Scottish Highlands. Marina has become an AST Ambassador to help raise awareness of the issues facing the fish she prizes so highly, and share information on the efforts being taken to conserve fish and the environment.
Marina’s mother, Joanna Gibson who lives near the River Oykel has been her inspiration from the word go.
Joanna Gibson, “I like the fact that every river is different, not only in it’s make up, but in the techniques one is shown to use. The riverbank is the most peaceful place to spend time watching flora and fauna, as well as your fly line. Catching fish is very exciting, but bringing them in as quickly as possible and releasing them in a good state gives great satisfaction. The life cycle of the Atlantic salmon is extremely interesting, with all the miles it travels and all it has to survive in order to return to it’s river of birth and procreate. One can often learn much about the local history whilst talking with your guide or ghillie, this can be fascinating at times.”
Since those early days Marina has devoted a significant part of her life to the pursuit of every type of fish at every available opportunity wherever in the world that may be. Marina learnt to Spey cast when she was 8 years old and caught her first Atlantic salmon when she was 12. Since then she has fished numerous Scottish rivers including the Tweed, Oykel, Spey, Borgie and her passion has taken her further afield to Norway and Iceland in 2016.
The picture above is Marina with a Norwegian salmon she landed on the Reisa River on a black and red sunray. You can see the external damage the salmon has suffered possibly from nets that run along Norway’s coastline giving each wild salmon a near impossible journey back to the river to spawn. Note the scar running vertically down the lateral line, tears on her dorsal fin and jagged gill plates.
To discover more about Marina and her fishing adventures please visit www.marinagibsonfishing.com