Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The highlight of the week was holding the big money competition and fundraiser for the Scottish loch-style team. There was a great turnout with 38 anglers enjoying some great fishing and nice weather until the rain got heavy later in the afternoon. There were no blank rods on the day and a total of 270 fish were caught, Boathouse 84 fish, Burnside 81 fish and Bankside 105 fish. There were more than 17 big fish into double-figures landed including Grant McCauley’s fish weighing over 20lb caught on an Olive Worm. The top rod on the day and the winner of the £500 prize with a total of 17 fish was Paul Sharp who had most of his fish on a mix of bugs fished under the bung. Second place went to young Robert Gibson with 16 fish, most of his fish fell to a Yellow Dancer on a fast glass. Thank you for everyone who came to support the event.
Some other impressive returns have been caught through the week from all the ponds. Jock Leslie returned 17 fish (mostly from Boathouse) including big fish of 10lb 11lb and 13lb on a mix of Buzzers and Eggs. Tyler Hay took a brownie of over 10lb on a Floating Fry from the Burnside as well as several other fish. Mr Kydd was fishing a sinking line and a black lure producing 8 fish up to 8lb from the Burnside. Mr Sherriff was very successful on Bankside landing 11 fish to 9lb 10oz on Yellow Dancers and Worms. Over the weekend 13 anglers landed a total of 25 fish for 46lb. Yellow Powerbait has been the best bait by far.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Milder, mostly overcast weather this week saw the water temperature rise a few degrees and the fish become more active again. Conditions were excellent for much of the week and the fish were to be found well spread out round the pond, with the bridge, the channel and the far side of the island being the best areas at certain times. At the start of the week they were around 2 to 3 feet down, or even nearer the surface, but towards the weekend they went a bit deeper and were to be found 4 to 5 feet down. In the small ponds, a lot of great sport was to be had as the golds could be seen chasing lures fished with a fast retrieve. Dancer, Hot-head Damsel, Ace of Spades, Viva, Cat’s Whisker, Woolly Bugger, Cormorant, Diawl Bach and Buzzer were the most successful patterns this week with the favourite colour being black. The fishery opening hours are now 8am to 4.30pm every day.
Robert Park, from Glasgow, in two visits caught 6 fish for 19lb 8oz including 3 golds, biggest at 4lb; Stewart MacKay, Bonnybridge, 5 for 16lb 4oz including a gold; Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb including a gold, plus 4 released; Ian Whitelaw, Dunipace, 5 for 12lb 8oz including a tiger; George McLachlan, 4 for 11lb 12oz including a gold; Marius Botezatu, Stirling, 4 for 11lb including 3 golds plus 4 released; Brian McPeake, Gargunnock, 3 for 10lb 4oz including a gold; Jim McHale, Clydebank, 3 for 9lb 12oz including 2 golds; Kyle Crossan, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 golds; Tom Baird, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 golds; Robert Watt, Glasgow, 3 for 8lb 8oz plus a brown released; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 4oz including 2 golds, plus a brown released; Anne McInnes, Clydebank, 3 for 8lb including 2 golds, plus 3 released; Alex Knox, Glasgow, 2 for 7lb 8oz; Alan Johnston, Neilston, 2 golds for 7lb 4oz; Colin Copeman, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb including a gold; Harry Haggarty, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb plus 2 released; Heather Johnston, Neilston, 4lb 4oz rainbow; Ali Jawad, Johnston, caught and released 10; Jim Dougall, Kincardine, caught and released 10.
Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside