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Linlithgow Loch Catch Report - 22/03/2020

The early part of the week was fairly quiet on the loch, however, the improvement in the weather and water clarity meant that catches were really quite good. Most anglers are going off the large black and green lures in favour of more subtle cormorants and mini blobs and other small lures. David Shaw had a nice session keeping his four fish limit for 11lbs and returning one on catch and release.

Andrew Fairgrieve was happy with his two fish, the best of which was a fin perfect overwintered rainbow of 6½lbs, caught at the Calf Lea which is on the west end and his stockie was caught at the extreme east end. Andrew was fishing cormorants. On the same day, Mr Wilkinson kept two fish for 5lbs. Mr Gunderson also kept two fish from the bank and Ken Wood kept a fine brace and a half for 12lb on cormorants

The Thursday boats did well. Mr Cotter returned seven on catch and release. Mr Kelly two and Mr McAvoy returned nine.

Loch regular Trevor Gibson had an exceptional session. Fishing into the trees on Gasworks Bay Trevor returned 12 fish all on the millennium bug (red).

On Friday, Falkirk Fishing Club kept 13 fish for 39lb.

On Saturday the loch was for obvious reasons quieter than usual, however, the Cowdenbeath AC lads went out and didn’t do too badly keeping 15 fish for 38lb and returning a further 16 on catch and release. Best fish was 4½lbs on bloodworm and brown lures also did well. Mr Wilson kept five for 16lbs plus one returned. Mr Wilson was fishing an Ally McCoist on the floating line.

On the bank, George Murphy returned six on crunchers. Best fish was a rainbow around 6 – 7lbs.

Doug Skedd also on the bank returned three fish on snatchers on a Courtland Blue line.

Graham Laurie

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