Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Although there were some days when the weather was so bad that no anglers ventured out to the ponds, there were also pockets of decent weather which some used to their advantage. On the Boathouse Pool, Jock Leslie returned 10 fish and Kenny Johnstone released 8. Mr MacDonald and Hogg returned 7 fish each while Ken Jones released 5 with the best trout being a superb blue of around 7.50lb. Mr Ogilvie took two rainbows for 9.50lb and returned one. Yellow Dancer, Black Diawl Bachs and black/green lures were the most successful flies.
The deeper Burnside Pool was more fickle, but Peter Thompson returned a fine rainbow estimated at 6lb. Frank Sherriff also had a successful morning releasing 4 rainbows. Buzzers and various Cormorant patterns were the better options.
Conditions on the Bankside Pool were very challenging in the fierce easterly winds but Mr Petrie braved the conditions to return 7 fish with the best a nice rainbow around 5lb. Mr Taylor also returned 7 fish. Preferred flies were Buzzers (dark olive or black) and various Damsel patterns.
The any legal method pool, the Woodside, was also quite challenging but Mr Jamieson took 3 fish for a combined weight of 7.50lb and Mr Tillet landed 2 fish for 5lb. Powerbait fished deep beneath a float produced the best results although Mepps-type spinners also had some success.
Lochter Trout Fishery, Aberdeenshire
The week culminated with the Troutmasters fish-off on Sunday with a biting Siberian wind for those hardy competitors who attended the event. Competition was very keen right up to the final whistle and when the score cards were tallied up it was found that Matthew Will and Charlie McPhee were tied on 10 points, with Matthew getting the nod as winner on the countback system where the best performer at the 1st peg or subsequent pegs is taken into account. Matthew will represent Lochter at the Troutmasters Final at Draycote fishery on October 8. A special mention also goes to Jasmine McPhee who qualified for the junior Troutmasters Final to be held at Thrunton Long Crag Fishery on July 21-22.
During the week some encouraging returns were recorded for the fishery in the difficult and cold conditions. Pete Green from Huntly had 14 fish to the net on either Bloodworm or Bunny Leeches, Bill Reid from Newmachar did well on his first outing of the year landing 12 fish, one being a nice plump 8lb fish returned to fight another day. Special mention goes to the Frigate Pub Angling Section who bravely had an outing on Saturday and their two top performers were Colin MacDonald with 9 fish to 8lb on Buzzers, and Mike Frost who tempted 8 fish to 5lb using mostly a WSW lure. Other notable returns for the conditions were Steve Argo and S. Williams both with 9 fish using the WSW, J. Campbell had 8 fish, one being 7lb, all on a gold beaded Green Fritz. P. Elrick had 7 fish on a green WSW and Rod Palmer had 6 fish, which included a 3lb brownie, all taken on a team of Cormorants.
Names have been coming in thick and fast for our next competition, which is the Spring Singles on Sunday April 8, with a 9.30am start. There are still places available, but to avoid disappointment secure your entry by calling the bothy on 01651 872787. It is a fun and friendly event with some nice prizes. Entry fee is £20 and lunch is included.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The milder conditions at the start of the week saw some good fishing with fish becoming more active, with the majority of fish being caught in the channel and round the back of the islands. From midweek onwards the temperatures began to drop again and the fish went deeper and moved back to the main area of Swanswater. Thursday onwards saw the start of the brown trout season accompanied with a bitter cold easterly wind and showers, despite this there was still some cracking browns and several tigers caught, including a fin-perfect brown weighing 9lb 4oz. Usual flies still proved the best with Dancer, Cats, Black and Green Fritz and Ally McCoist being the most successful. Buzzer and Bloodworm were less successful but some anglers had great success fishing Bibio and other wets.
Jim Spiers, from Falkirk, caught 2 fish for 13lb including the 9lb 4oz brown; Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 16lb 4oz including 2 golds and a blue; Ian Riddicks, Kilmarnock, 5 for 12lb including 2 browns and a tiger, plus 2 released; Dennis Lennon, Airdrie, 5 for 11lb 12oz plus a brown returned; Robert Chapman, Linlithgow, 4 for 12lb 4oz, biggest at 4lb 8oz, plus 3 released; Robert Park, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 8oz including a gold; Callum Lindsay, Glasgow, 3 for 8lb 4oz including a blue; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, 4 for 10lb 12oz; Hugh McLean, Oban, 3 for 11lb including a brown; Gary Dunsmore, Stenhousemuir, 3 for 8lb 12oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, 3 for 8lb 4oz plus a brown returned; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 3 for 7lb 12oz plus 4 released; The three “Golden Girls” from Ayreshire shared 7 from the small ponds plus 1 released; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 2 for 7lb 4oz; Rab McDonald, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb 8oz, plus 3 released; Andy Tervit, Paisley, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a 3lb 12oz brown – the first of the season; George Dobbie, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a 3lb brown; Lawrence Maguire, Falkirk, 2 for 5lb 12oz plus 9 released; Gary Finlay, Slammanan, 2 for 5lb 12oz plus 4 released; Gavin Thompson, Dunfermline, 2 for 5lb including a tiger; Joseph Wood, Johnston, caught and released 13; Rab Cochrane caught and released 8; Brian Eadie, Stirling, caught and released 7.