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Linlithgow Loch Catch Report - 02/08/2020

Over the last week or so the weather has not exactly been conducive to good fishing. High winds and rain sometimes at the same time have kept some of our ageing angling fraternity at home. The weed problem is improving as the loch level rises and there is plenty of fishable water.

Our many diehard anglers who brave the elements have been catching fish many in the four to six-pound range. Best flies have been diawl bachs and buzzers and a mix of lures including rabbits – cats and yellow dancers. We are now into August so the fish will be switching on to fry anytime soon.

Some of the catches include Ron Thomson with a two-fish limit for 7lb plus one returned. On the same day, Ian Dobbie returned 11 fish on pearly diawl bachs. Evening Ron Brian Hill had a fine brace for 6lbs on diawl bachs. Alan Tennant had a pike around 8lb and his brother Brian had a brace of rainbows for 6lb again on diawl bachs.

Gavin Dunn and John Mackie kept two for 5lb and returned ten on white cat's whiskers. On the same day, Nigel Muckle returned six on the yellow dancer and George Mackintosh caught a few - fine specimen around 5lbs.

Saturday, 13th no boats were out due to high winds.

On Sunday Aberdour AC worked hard for 15 fish for 45lbs mostly on boobies and rabbits. Jim Russel and Ian Dobbie returned 11 on pearly diawl bachs and loch regular Mr Graham had three on an olive zonker on a floating line.

Fishing was quiet last week but those anglers who went out had two or three fish. Most anglers who are fishing small are using the floating line.

Friday, 31st most anglers did quite well on what was a very warm day. Robin Smith had two, Nigel Muckle returned eight on snakes. Gavin Dunn kept four for 12lb and Mr Fairlie and Mr McLean both had four fish on diawl bachs and bunny leech respectively.

Evening rod J Innes kept three for 7lb and Carl Pholen returned two. Ricky Wilson had two for 11lb using a floating line and a blue ribbed cormorant.

Graham Laurie


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