Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The week started mild and wet but by the end of the week, the water temperature had dropped to 2.5C and the aerators were needed to stop ice forming on the surface of the ponds. On Sunday anglers were having problems with freezing rod eyes, but many battled on to have a good day’s sport. The fish are now around five to six feet down, although when the air and water temperature rise a little in the middle of the day they come up a bit. On occasions enough have been showing on the surface to entice anglers into trying dry flies, but apart from a couple taken on a Sedgehog on Tuesday, only offers resulted from this tactic. Most fish are taking small lures including Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Damsel and Fritz, or Buzzers. At the weekend the fish moved into the middle of the pond and the boats were doing well on Sunday.
The annual ‘Day After Boxing Day’ Charity Competition was held on Saturday. 32 anglers took part and enjoyed a good day although the fishing was far from easy. There was a flurry of fish landed at the start of the day, with Raymond Anderson, from Glenrothes, taking the first fish within a couple of minutes of the start, but then things slowed. The eventual winner was John Mathieson, from Doune, who hadn’t fished for a year and was using a rod borrowed from the fishery! Stewart Marshall, from Cambusbarron, was runner-up and in third place was Charlie Wilkinson, from Edinburgh, who also took the top prize in the raffle (two rods on the River Teith on opening day in February). Thanks go to all who took part, donated prizes and bought tickets for the raffle and helped to raise £1000 for Strathcarron Hospice, including all those who have donated to the tea and coffee fund over the last year.
This week’s catches included Willie Nyguist, from Stirling, with five for 13lb 8oz including three from the Millpond; Iain Whitelaw, Dunipace, five including three from the small ponds, for 12lb 12oz; Mark Kenyon, Alva, five for 11lb from the Millpond; Jim Milne, Alloa, three for 10lb 4oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, three for 9lb 4oz; Yvonne Hutton, Edinburgh, a 3lb tiger from the Millpond; Malcolm Rees and Brian Lockie caught and released 25 between them from the boat; Tim Gellaitry, Stirling, 10 caught and released on the small ponds.