Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Weather conditions in general have not been conducive to good fishing results; however, some decent returns were made during the week.
On Sunday we held the Kingennie challenge 6-man team competition for fundraising for the Scottish stillwater team going to Catton fishery this October. The competition saw 42 anglers spread over the 3 fly ponds, with the rules being very simple: team with the most fish wins. There was a total of 279 fish caught between the 42 anglers and every person caught fish. The winners were Team FlyBox with a total of 51 fish. There were several methods taking fish but Flexi Worms pulled on a sunk line seemed to be the most consistent approach.
On the Boathouse Pool Mr Hogg returned 10 fish; Mr Carnegie released 9 and Mr Crockett 8. Mr Lafferty took 4 nice rainbows for a combined weight of 13.50lb. Favoured flies were Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Cormorants and small lures (mainly yellow).
The Burnside Pool was rather more temperamental than usual but Mr Ward found the correct combination of right flies at the correct depth to return a dozen fish. Ian Gordon released 9; Mr Donaldson returned 8 and Mr Forbes released 10 including a splendid rainbow estimated at 10lb.
Frank Sherriff enjoyed an excellent day on the Bankside returning 16 fish and Ken Jones returned 9 in an afternoon session. Buzzers and Damsels were the preferred options.
Location of the shoals has been paramount on the Woodside Pool (any legal method) with anglers needing to move around to try and locate fish. Mr Armanee managed to get it right with 4 rainbows for a total of 7lb. Float-fished Powerbait or spinning have produced the best results.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
This week saw some tremendous fishing conditions, especially early in the week, with the slightly milder, sunny days seeing a small rise in water temperature, although the cold returned at the weekend and the aerators were back in action overnight from Friday onwards. The subsequent drop in water temperature made things a little more difficult towards the end of the week but there were still plenty of fish being caught. They were to be found at various depths between 2 and 5 feet down, and were mostly looking to chase small lures, including Dancer, Hothead Damsel, Cat’s Whisker and Ally McCoist. Viva, Diawl Bach, PTN and Buzzers were also taking fish. Fish were well spread out around the main pond with different areas doing well on different days. The island and channel were better at the beginning of the week with the bank from the dam to the boats doing well later on. A cracking 9lb 4oz rainbow was the biggest fish of the week and several others in the 4lb to 5lb range were also landed. A good number of blues and golds featured in the catch returns along with several browns returned. The small ponds were also fishing well with the Meadow Pond in particular proving very productive for anglers on catch and release. The Fishery is currently open from 8am to 5pm every day.
A selection of this week’s best bags includes: Danny Borzacchiello, Dunbarton, 4 for 20lb 12oz including a 9lb 4oz rainbow and a blue; Chris Kerr, East Kilbride, 3 for 14lb including a 5lb 4oz gold; Danny Doherty, Denny, in two visits, 10 for 34lb, plus 2 released including a brown; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, 6 for 20lb 8oz, plus 7 released; Alan Knox, Peebles, 5 for 16lb 12oz, plus 7 released; David Thorburn, Peebles, 5 for 16lb 12oz, plus 5 released; Keith Muckersie, Peebles, 5 for 15lb 12oz, plus 7 released; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 4 for 15lb 12oz; Conn Dillon, Glasgow, 4 for 12lb 8oz; David McArthur, 4 for 12lb, plus 2 released; Alan Birrell, Clackmannan, 3 for 12lb 4oz, biggest one at 4lb 4oz; Alec Knox, Glasgow, 3 for 11lb 8oz, plus 1 released; Alan Laing, Carluke, 3 for 10lb 12oz; Gary Dunsmore, Stenhousemuir, 3 for 10lb 7oz; Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, 3 for 10lb 4oz, plus a brown released; Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 8oz; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 8oz; Paul Glewinski, Kirkintilloch, 2 for 8lb 2oz including a 4lb 12oz gold, plus 2 released; Paul Gemmell, Dunbarton, 2 for 8lb; Neil Sharp, Dollar, 2 for 8lb including a 4lb 4oz rainbow; Alan Burke, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb 8oz; Steve Narborough, 2 for 6lb 13oz plus 2 released; Derek Russell, caught and released 30; Paul Dancer, Glasgow, caught and released 15; Connor Bernard, Tullibody, caught and released 9; Nigel Muckle, Mid Calder, caught and released 8; Ian Bailey, caught and released 8.