Dec 30 2011 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Friday
THE loch was open again last Thursday and fish have been taking slowly and mainly near the top with black, black and green, damsel, yellow dancer and buzzers.
Some of the best catches: Andy Airnes, Clackmannan, 4 for 9lb; Scott Martin, Clackmannan, 3 for 9lb; Jack Gibb, Clackmannan, 3 for 8lb; Joe Hunter, Tullibody, 4 for 8lb 12oz; L Malloy, Stirling, 4 for 10lb; Hec-tor Wilson, Bannockburn, 3 for 8lb 4oz.
FISH were being caught around four feet, taking the usual variety of lures. A medium-to-fast retrieve was working best.
Most of the week the fish were well spread out round the pond, although the shallow area behind the islands was doing very well some days, depending on the temperature.
On Christmas Day the water temperature in the rearing tanks was 8°C, very unusual for this time of year.
Joe Hunter, Tullibody, took the biggest fish at 10lb 5oz in his 4 for 21lb 8oz.
Some other good catches: Martin Lindores, Stirling, 3 for 13lb 12oz, best 8lb 4oz; John Patrick, Kilsyth, 2 for 8lb 8oz, best 6lb; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 3 for 11lb; Alex Weir, Bathgate, 4 for 13lb; Kevin Mathias, Bishopbriggs, 4 for 12lb 12oz; George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 10lb 12oz.
The Fishery is closed on New Year’s Day but open every other day from 8am to 4.30pm.