Anglers beat the weather to catch the fish


DESPITE adverse weather conditions at Forbes of Kingennie, fishing has been spectacular with big bags of fish coming from all the ponds.

The water remained clear and lures are still the top method on all the ponds although fish are still coming out to nymphs and buzzers.

The Boathouse continues to fish well, with hot head damsels, cat’s whiskers and the miller Skunk being the most effective patterns. The average size of fish is still around 5lb with the biggest fish of the week going to Dave Barr with a rainbow of 9lb. This also made up the best bag of the week with four for 28lb.

The fishing on the Burnside has been incredible with the best bag of the week coming to Ian Barlow who returned 43 fish in five hours. There have been several other bags of 20 to 30 fish being caught in a session. The top fly by far has been small cat’s whisker variations fished on an intermediate line. Black buzzers have also taken good numbers.

The bait pond has been quiet but those who did fish were rewarded with good bags of fish. The top method has been powerbait, with worms also taking fish. The top bag was J. Craig with six for 10lb.

The Bankside has been fishing really well even in horrific conditions on Saturday when 14 anglers caught 97 fish. The top method has been lures such as the orange nomad, damsel and black and green fritz. The top bag of the week was caught by G. Olser with 14 fish returned on a hot head damsel with an intermediate line.

There are places for the SANA still water bank championship at Kingennie on March 27. For information call 01382 350777 or 350213.


THIS week at Carlogie Dam J. Thomson, Dundee, caught five, returned three and kept two weighing 4lb 8oz on a green and white fritz.

In addition T. McCabe, Dundee, caught four, returned two and kept two weighing 4lb on a green and white fritz; and Jim Tait, Forfar, caught nine, returned six and kept three weighing 6lbs on lures - his best weighed 14lb 12ozs and was returned. Jim Wood, Broughty Ferry, caught three, returned one and kept two weighing 10lb 8ozs on lures - his best a rainbow weighing 7lb 8ozs. Dave West, Broughty Ferry, caught and kept two weighing 4lb on a C.D.C.

The Ferry Fly Dressers visited on Saturday for their first outing of the season. Jim Doyle had the heaviest bag with five weighing 15lb 12ozs which included two rainbows of 7lb and 5lb. Doug Bothwick caught five weighing 15lb 10ozs including a 7lb 8oz rainbow and he caught and returned a brownie weighing 12lb; Wullie Thomson caught five weighing 10lb 8oz; Jim Wood caught five weighing 10lb 4ozs; D. Cadger caught five weighing 10lb; Ken Giblin caught five weighing 9lb 15ozs; Dave West caught three weighing 6lb 4ozs; S. Young caught three weighing 6lb 4ozs; Ian Walton caught two weighing 5lb 8ozs; Hugh Finlay caught one weighing 2lb 8ozs; and Les Young caught one weighing 2lb.

Other anglers were Ryan Dell, Arbroath, who caught and kept five weighing 9lb 8ozs on lures.

On catch and release this week were C. Macpherson, Arbroath, who c&r eight on lures; Dave Simpson, Forfar, c&r 15 on lures; Dave Roy, Barnhill, c&r 17 on buzzers; Bert Thomson, Arbroath, c&r 20-plus on buzzers; Mr Clark, Forfar, c&r 16 on buzzers; Fraser Robertson, Forfar, c&r nine on blobs; Steve Duncan, Forfar, c&r six on lures; and Euan Clark, Balmullo c&r 10 on blobs.