Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
This last week has been a fair bit colder than of late but the fishing has been on fire, with some really outstanding catches coming in from all the ponds. The Boathouse has been a bit coloured but the fish don’t seem mind with fish being caught at all levels and on a number of methods. The bung has been very consistent with a mix of bugs, worms and Buzzers underneath. A mix of lures have taken fish with Damsels and Bloodworms taking fish. Mr Rose had 21 returned on Orange Buzzers and Squirmy Worms, his best were a rainbow of around 7lb and a brownie of 6lb. Mr Riddick returned 23 on a mix of lures and the bung. Mr Barrowman returned 17 on lures. Mr Bony had two fish for 6lb and returned nine.
On the Burnside the fish have been up and down through the layers depending on the conditions. At times they have been just subsurface and when the wind gets up as deep as six feet has been necessary. With the water a bit clearer the Buzzer fishing has been really good as well as the usual bung, lures and dries. Mr Hay returned 24 fish up to 5lb on a mix of flies, Mr Thompson had 23 to 9lb on Buzzers and a FAB, Mr McGowan had 15 up to 7lb on a Black Blob, Mr Watson had 16 on FABs and Buzzers, Mr Grey had 14 on a Bloodworm.
The Bankside has been a bit more exposed but has still seen a few anglers getting amongst fish. Again a variety of flies have been taking fish but on the right day Buzzers have been good. Mr Anderson had three fish for 8lb, Mr Sherriff put back nine, Mr Soave had two for 7lb.
The Woodside has been fishing great the last week with loads of fish being caught from all over the pond. The best method has been to fish with Powerbait at around five feet deep. Over the weekend the 37 anglers caught 73 fish for 121lb.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The middle of the week saw the start of the first major hatch of the season with a huge number of black gnats on the water from Wednesday through to Sunday. As the water warmed up during the day the hatches started late morning and continued until around tea-time. Even with the cold east wind at the weekend, there were still big hatches and a lot of top of the water activity. Earlier in the week a variety of small lures, nymphs and wets were catching but by the weekend most people were switching to anything small and black, including Bibio, Spider, Black Pennell, and, of course, Black Gnat. The most productive areas were where there was shelter from the wind which, when the wind was in the east, was from the dam along to the fisherman’s hut and round the corner from the boats. At the weekend, the browns were particularly active on the surface and accounted for approximately one third of all fish caught. The Fishery is now open every day from 8am to 9pm.
Mark Coutts, from Banknock, caught two fish for 11lb, including an 8lb 4oz rainbow from Swanswater and a brown from the Millpond; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 14lb 8oz including two browns, bigger one at 4lb 8oz and a bold, plus two caught and released; Gary Stewart, Glasgow, four browns for 14lb; Heather Johnstone, Neilston, four for 11lb 8oz including three browns; Robert Park, Glasgow, four for 11lb 8oz including a brown; Cameron Smith, Alloa, four for 10lb 8oz including two browns, plus three caught and released; Nan Morrison, Stirling, in two visits, landed six for 16lb 8oz including three browns; Chris Smith, Airdrie, four for 8lb 4oz from the Meadow Pond, including two blues, plus 12 caught and released; Ian Henderson, Glasgow, three for 10lb including a 3lb 4oz brown; Liam Kennedy, Denny, three for 8lb 4oz including two browns; Jim Craig, Balloch, three browns for 8lb; Sean McGill, Airdrie, three for 8lb from the Meadow Pond, including a bBrown, plus 11 caught and released; Jim Allan, Kilsyth, three browns for 6lb 8oz; Steve Irwin three for 6lb from the small ponds including a brown and a gold, plus 12 caught and released; Simon Miller, Falkirk, two for 6lb 8oz including a 4lb brown; Willie Downie, two for 6lb 2oz including a gold; Robert Wilson, Alexandria, caught and released 15, including 11 browns, biggest of which was estimated at 8lb; Kevin Gray, Camelon, caught and released eight fish; Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, caught and released seven.