Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The Fishery remained open all week despite snow and sub-zero temperatures. The aerators in Swanswater and the Meadow Pond did excellent jobs in keeping the ice at bay. Those anglers hardy (or foolhardy!) enough to brave the conditions were generally well rewarded with some excellent sport. Plenty of browns, up to 7lb, are still being returned and some cracking golds and blues are also being caught. The majority of fish this week were taken on lures such as Cat’s Whisker and Humungus, with Buzzers and Bugs also taking fish. On Friday, the fish were remarkably active given the cold conditions, but generally they were quite deep and a slow retrieve was the best tactic. The water remains really clear and the temperature is around 1.5oC.
Some excellent bags this week including Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, in two visits, 7 for 26lb 2oz including a gold, plus 13 released including 3 browns; Jim Milne, Alloa, 4 for 15lb 8oz, plus 5 returned; George Garfoot, Rosneath, 4 for 15lb including a 5lb 4oz rainbow, 2 golds and a blue, plus a brown returned; Jim Harper, Clackmannan, 4 for 13lb 4oz, including 2 golds, plus a brown returned; Stanley Franklin, Alva, 4 for 12lb 8oz including a gold, plus 5 released including a brown; Andy Young and Robert Wilson, Furnace, took 4 each for 21lb plus 3 released, mostly from the small ponds, in the snowy conditions on Friday; Richard Shinner, Gairloch, 4 for 11lb 8oz including 3 blues and a gold, plus 1 released; Bill Williams, Alloa, 4 golds for 9lb 8oz from the small ponds, plus 1 released; Jeff Ainsworth, Alloa, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 golds; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 2 for 8lb 8oz including a 5lb 8oz gold, plus 5 released; Eddie McKillop jnr, Glasgow, 2 for 8lb including a gold; David Harrison, Alloa, a 4lb 11oz rainbow plus a brown returned; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, caught and released 7 including 2 browns; Paul McKenna, caught and released 7; Brian Eddie, caught and released 6; Scott Anderson, caught and released 6; William Rolland, caught and released 5; Stephen Lee, Denny, caught and released 5.