The weather gods are certainly not on the side of the anglers at the moment. The cold blustery winds are constantly veering from West to East most days going round by the North. Neither anglers or fish have been able to settle into any sort of a routine since the start of the Season. However some anglers are managing to get fish but are having to work pretty hard for them. Most of the guys are having to pull lures with black and green or yellow dancers and blobs being favourite. Best lines are sink tip (either midge or ghost tip) and intermediates as the fish are not lying deep. Best areas are Peel Bay and Hatchery Bay and anywhere along the North bank but this of course depends on which direction the wind decides to blow from.
Our regular bank anglers are starting to appear again and are mostly taking some quality fish on mini lures and cormorants. The bank ticket is very good value and well worth a try for anyone fit enough to wade. On Saturday, 24th which was another testing day, Grangemouth AC with two boats had four fish for 13lbs. Falkirk Municipal with three boats had 10 for 29lbs. Priory AC with five boats had 19 for 55lbs and Cowdenbeath's five boats kept 16 for 42lbs and returned five on catch and release.
On Sunday J Russel and partner kept five for 15lbs. Catch 22 kept 12 for 38lbs. Hedge Hogs AC with two boats kept nine for 22lbs and returned two on catch and release, mostly on cormorants.
Dunfermline Artisan with six boats kept 15 for 38lkbs and Edinburgh PO returned 28 fish on catch and release mostly on black and green lures.
Mr Kerr had a fine brace of fish for 8½lbs. Best fish was a perfect grown rainbow of 5lbs.
The loch was quiet during the week but Messrs Stewart and Sinclair had a good session on Tuesday returning 11 fish on catch and release, all on yellow dancers.
Mr Fyuie had three for 9lb on a tequila blob. Also on Tuesday a beautiful brown was returned. It was around 4lbs in weight.
The Friday boats mostly came in early due to the weather. Gavin Dunn returned four as did Nigel Muckle but Ryan Craig from Falkirk had a better day returning 12 fish on catch and release. Ryan was fishing a black lure on midge tip., Ian Dobbie also returned four fish. The weather has to improve some time. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.