Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The past week has seen some really wintery weather, which has deterred a few anglers but those that braved the conditions were rewarded with some great returns. Regular angler Hugh Bairner fished the Boathouse pool on Saturday, and after weighing in four fish for 19lb 1oz, with the largest a 10lb 4oz rainbow, he went on to catch and release a further 29 fish with half a dozen or so being around the 4-6lb mark. After that he went onto the Burnside pool and returned another 12. Nearly all of his fish fell to a very sparse home-tied Yellow Dancer on an intermediate line with a mixed retrieve. Mr Sheppard had a productive afternoon on Sunday, landing 10 fish on a mix of small Spiders and Buzzers. Mr Holmes had two fish for 8lb 9oz with the largest a 6lb 2oz blue caught on a Blob under the bung.
The Bankside has had the most problems with the ice but is now clear again. The fish seem to be shoaling up so if you can get on the fish there is usually a few to be caught. Mr Barlow had a fantastic two hours, landing 13 fish on a mix of Claret and Black Buzzers. After two hours without a bite Mr Whyte moved round to the windward bank and went on to land 11 fish in two hours on a Damsel on a slow glass. His biggest fish was estimated at around 6lb.
The Burnside has been the busiest pond and here Mr Simpson managed more than 10 fish on each of his two visits fishing Squirmys under a bung. Young Robert Gibson took 12 fish on Bloodworms on a Di-3. Mr Woods had four fish for 10lb 4oz and put back another seven on Buzzers.
The fish are spread out a bit on the Woodside pond which has fished really well Young angler Mr Wales had the biggest fish of the year so far with a 3lb 14oz rainbow taken on a spinner. Mr Bell managed four fish for 7lb on Powerbait and Mr Stevens had four fish for 6lb 14oz on sweetcorn.
Kingennie is holding a qualifying round for the SANA Stillwater team on March 8 for the opportunity to qualify and fish for Scotland. There are still places available so please call the shop on 01382 350777/350213 for more information.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A cold week and one for the most dedicated of anglers. Ice was not a factor as all lochs were clear. Those who fished had some good sport with many missed takes along with fish caught which kept the interest going. David King had 12 fish with his best at 4lb 5oz; Willie Petrie had a good fish of 6lb 1oz; Andrew More had 10 fish; Chris Boyle had 12 and his best was 4lb 2oz; James Abel had nine and a 4lb fish; Chris Johnston had 12 with a beautiful blue of 6lb 1oz; Neill Smith had an exceptional day with 24 fish and a blue of 5lb 1oz; Willie McRobbie had 15; Gary Gormley 10 and Jamie Arthur had nine. Best flies were Okey Dokeys, Appetisers and White Fritz fished deep either free-lined on intermediate lines or static under the indicator.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The Fishery remained open in spite of the snow, frost and freezing winds. Despite the cold weather plenty of fish were landed with many of them being taken only a couple of feet from the surface. On Sunday, the most successful tactic was fishing a Buzzer under an indicator around three feet down, but on other days the fish were more active and taking Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Bloodworm, Dancer, Tadpole and a variety of other small lures. The fish were well spread out with the island, channel, roadside and far bay the most productive areas at different times. With frost forecast for the coming week, the aerators will be in action when needed.
Danny Doherty, from Denny, caught five fish for 16lb 4oz; Stephen Murphy, Glasgow, five for 16lb; Kevin Lamb, five for 12lb including three from the Millpond, plus nine caught and released; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, four for 16lb; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, four for 15lb; Kevin Mathias, Bishopbriggs, four for 12lb 12oz; Joe Hunter, Alva, four for 12lb 4oz; Nan Morrison, Stirling, four for 11lb 12oz including a 4lb 6oz rainbow; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, three for 13lb 4oz including a 4lb 12oz rainbow, and two blues at 4lb 4oz each, plus five caught and released.
Allan Laing and Chris Kerr, from East Kilbride, shared three for 10lb from the boat; Alan Armstrong, Dollar, three for 9lb 12oz; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, three for 9lb; Alan Burke, two for 6lb 12oz; Andrew McAuley, Blairhall, two for 6lb 8oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, two for 6lb 4oz; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, a 5lb 8oz blue; Michael Goodwillie, Prestwick, a 4lb gold; and Adam Wywial, Grangemouth, seven caught and released.