“Though utterly exhausted, sheer determination kept me from giving up the rod, as tighter and tighter still the order came, and nearer and nearer came our quarry.”
These are the words of Georgina Ballantine as she describes the two-hour ordeal that she and her father endured to wrestle a monstrous salmon from the depths of the Tay. It would turn out to be the largest salmon ever caught in Great Britain and turned Miss Ballantine into an overnight celebrity.
This autumn, Perth Museum and Art Gallery will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Miss Georgina Ballantine catching the biggest ever rod-caught salmon in Britain with a new display.
Georgina Ballantine’s Salmon will reveal previously unseen images and items donated and loaned by the family of Miss Ballantine. The display will include a gaff, a reel, a First World War medal, and a unique audio recording of Georgina Ballantine as she describes catching the salmon.