Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
With temperatures still on the cold side and some brisk winds it has been a challenging week for anglers. Despite this there have been some fine returns. On the Boathouse Pool the honours were shared between Messrs. Dykes and Cameron who returned 13 fish each. Mr Suttie also enjoyed an excellent day’s sport releasing 12. Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and various dry fly patterns accounted for most of the fish.
The Burnside Pool again produced some fine fish. Scott Watson returned 4 fish in a short evening session with the best being a magnificent rainbow estimated at 17lb. Steven Green certainly found the correct method releasing 18 fish with the best being a superb rainbow of 15lb 3oz. George Birse returned 11 fish on dries, which included a nice rainbow of 8.50lb. Peter Thomson and Tam Costello also did well on dries with the latter returning a fine rainbow of 10.50lb. Simion took 3 fish for a combined weight of 18.75lb (best fish 14lb). Location was the most important aspect of the catches as successful flies ranged from dries through Buzzers to small lures.
Buzzer fishing accounted for most of the catches on the Bankside Pool, although dry fly patterns also did well. Mr Bruce released 18 fish; Jock Leslie returned 14 fish while Terry Hogg and Jake Gilchrist released a dozen each.
Powerbait fished beneath a float again accounted for most of the fish on the Woodside Pool (any legal method). On Tuesday 17 fish were taken for a total of 32.25lb; on Thursday 3 anglers had 13 fish for 33lb and on Saturday 22 fish were taken for 44lb. Several of the bigger fish were caught on spinners.
Kinross Trout Fishery, Kinross
Huge congratulations to everyone who competed in the first Kinross Charity Open for Prostate Scotland on May 4. With takings from teas, coffees etc still being counted, the raffle alone (with 127 prizes) raised £2246 for Prostate Scotland. Thanks also to all the helpers and marshalls who receive a month free fly C&R fishing and boat as arranged.
On a day with a few weather changes and difficult bright sun during the morning 39 fantastic fly anglers from across the UK competed for a first prize of £1000. After some teething issues in the first 10 minutes the match gathered momentum and with 3 points for a dry fly-caught fish tactics played the day and were used to eventually pull the winner through by the narrowest of points. In total the 39 anglers netted 319 fish including 11 doubles.
Paul Young was in attendance for his usual down to earth banter. Meriel Cairns (wife of the late John Cairns - who started Kinross, formerly Heatherford), gave a lovely heartfelt word on the passion that created the fishery when he bought it over from the quarry. Richard from Prostate Scotland gave an Awareness Talk for us all to help fight this terrible disease.
After a lovely lunch and improved catches in the afternoon the winners were announced and the prize giving took place. An error in the points systems was identified by a real sportsman (Greg McLaren), meaning he moved down a place. The final results were:
Heaviest fish of the day, Ian Scott 16lb 8oz (£50 & John Cairns Shield)
First fish netted - 09:05hrs, Paul Sharp (£50)
Last fish before lunch -12:00hrs, Alan Robinson (£50)
First fish after lunch - 13:01hrs, David Smith (£50)
Last fish of the day - 16:02, William Reid Snr (£50)
3rd place, William Reid Senior (£150)
Runner-up Greg Mclaren (£250 and a month free C&R)
2019 John Cairns Memorial Champion, Paul Sharp (£1,000 plus full membership for 1 year).
Other top weights asked to be recorded were: Alan Robinson 12lb 9oz; Colin Bernard 12lb 3oz; Darren Barcik 12lb 8oz; Mike Cormie 12lb; William Reid Senior 11lb 5oz; Greg McLaren 10lb 14oz; Stephen King 10lb 12oz; Stephan Lee 10lb 11oz; Robert Pollock 10lb 8oz; Darren Barcik 10lb 2oz; Tomasz Wodzinski 9lb 11oz; Billy Reid 9lb 6oz; Jimmy Morrison 8lb 14oz; Neil Scowen 8lb 13oz.
Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside