Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The weather again ranged from diabolical through to cold but fairly acceptable. On the bad days, especially with an easterly wind, we suffered some severe predation by cormorants. However, despite all the downsides the fishery still produced some fine results and it was noticeable that although numbers of fish were on the low side the percentage of big fish was quite high. On the Boathouse Pool Ken Jones returned 11 fish as did Mr Bell (one of which was estimated at 10lb). Keith Renton released 10 fish; Jason Henry had 9 on catch and release; Jake Harvey returned 7 and Mr Peyon released 6 with the best estimated at 7lb. Buzzers, Squirmies and small lures were the most successful patterns.
Frank Sherriff enjoyed an excellent session on the Burnside Pool returning 5 fish with the best two rainbows estimated at 10lb and 8lb. Ian Gordon also did well releasing 9 fish and Mr Soutar took 2 rainbows for 6lb and returned another. The Bankside didn’t receive much attention but Mr Brown returned an excellent rainbow estimated at 8lb.
On the any legal method pond, the Woodside, Mr Simpson had 4 rainbows for a total of 7.25lb and Mr Low took 3 fish for a combined weight of 6lb. Powerbait fished deep beneath a float was the preferred option although small spinners also took fish.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The cold weather refuses to leave but the fishing remains pretty good. Frosty nights and sunny days at the start of the week led to some excellent fishing and some great bags. Later in the week the bitter easterly wind had the fish sitting downwind but they were still getting caught in good numbers. Water temperature at the weekend was an unseasonably low 4oC and the fish were mostly quite deep down. An intermediate line fished with lures was doing best, although fish were also taking nymphs and the very occasional wet fly. Favourite patterns included Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Ally McCoist, Olive Nymph, Daiwl Bach, Kate McLaren, Bibio and Buzzer. Some tremendous brown trout featured in this week’s catch returns and there are plenty more of these fin-perfect fish just waiting to be caught! Some cracking blues and tigers were also landed along with the usual top-quality rainbows. The Fishery is open 7 days a week, from 8am to 7pm.
Gareth Mair, Kincardine, in two visits, caught 10 fish for 27 including 3 blues, plus 4 released including a brown; Callum Lindsay, Glasgow, 5 for 13lb 8oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 12lb 10oz including 2 blues plus 8 released; Nan Morrison, Stirling, in two visits, 5 for 12lb 8oz including a tiger and a brown; Billy Allison, Whitburn, 5 for 11lb 2oz, plus 7 released; Alan Harvey, Glasgow, 4 for 11lb 8oz; Hugh McLean, Oban, 4 for 11lb 4oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 4 for 11lb including a blue, plus 6 released; Dean Warwick, 3 for 11lb 12oz including a 5lb rainbow; Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 4 for 11lb including a blue plus 3 released; Charles Springett, Larkhall, 3 for 11lb including a 5lb 8oz rainbow; George Dobbie, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb including a 4lb 4oz brown and a blue; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 3 for 9lb, plus 2 released; Jamie Murphy, Blantyre, 3 for 8lb 10oz, including a blue; Alec Knox, Glasgow, 3 for 8lb including a blue; Robert Smith, Falkirk, 3 for 8lb including a tiger; Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, 2 for 7lb 12oz including a 4lb brown plus 4 released including a brown estimated at 8lb; Brian Howland, Grangemouth, 2 for 6lb; Jim Jardine, Glasgow, 5lb rainbow; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, 4lb 12oz brown; Conor Meiklejohn, Stirling, in three visits 3 for 6lb from the Meadow Pond including 2 blues and a gold plus 17 released; Michael Hughes, Paisley, caught and released 10; Davey Nicolson, Glenrothes, caught and released 10; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, caught and released 8; Harry Haggarty, Glasgow, caught and released 7.