Feb 3 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Friday
RECENTLY the pump has been running to clear the ice.
Rainbows like this weather and are still being caught on all colours of lures at about 3-5 feet. Although some fish are moving on the top, they are not taking on the surface.
Some of the best catches: George Ross, Stirling, 3 for 7lb; Danny Docherty, Denny, 5 fish for 13lb; Andy Airnes, Clackmannan, 4 for 9lb; John Hutchison, Alloa, 3 for 8lb; Hector Wilson, Bannockburn, 3 for 7lb.
From February 1 prices are unchanged but dropping a fish on every ticket and then catch and release is allowed for a few fish only – barbless hooks must be used. Any bleeding fish must be killed and paid for.
THE main pond reopened last Saturday. Less work than planned was done because of the weather but a lot of silt was removed and essential repairs to the dam were carried out.
Because the weather turned cold at the weekend the fish were mostly in the main area of the pond, with many being caught off the far bank and around the bridge. Most were taken on lures fished on an intermediate line. Despite the water being still slightly coloured, the small ponds were not affected. Swanswater is clearing up nicely and the desilted areas should soon settle.
Some of the best catches: Derek Russell, Stoneyburn, 5 for 17lb 1oz, biggest 8lb 13oz; Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 5lb 8oz rainbow; George Paterson, Stirling, 3 for 13lb 12oz; Latvian Agris Kalns, 3 for 10lb, biggest 6lb; Alan Pate, Polmont, 3 for 8lb 8oz.
THE milder weather last week brought out anglers in better numbers and fishing has been excellent.
Best flies: black/orange buzzer, bloodworm, black/white fritz, and holographic diawl bachs fished on a long leader. Best baits: ledgered worm, maggots and size one mepps spinners..
A red £50 tag was caught by B Sutcliffe from the top fly pond.
Some of the best catches: P Ferguson, Falkirk, 5 for 16lb; A Sharp, Bathgate, 5 for 15lb; J Ray, Cumbernauld, 5 for 15lb; B Inglis, Grangemouth, 5 for 14lb 12oz; K Devine, Stirling, 5 for 11lb; G Armstrong Stirling, 4 for 13lb; G Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 10lb 4oz; D Horne, Stirling, 3 for 16lb, best 11lb; J Sikora, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 4oz; J Marshall, Stirling, 3 for 9lb; J Marshall, Stirling, 3 for 8lb; I McGregor, Doune, 3 for 8lb; W Lowe, Stirling, 3 for 8lb; B Robertson, Cowie, 3 for 8lb; D Batchelor, Airth, 3 for 8lb; R Nimmo, Stirling, 3 for 7lb; R Hunter, Sauchie, 3 for 7lb; R Simpson, Sauchie, 2 for 6lb; M Robinson, Tullibody, 2 for 6lb; D Kirkwood, Denny, 2 for 5lb 4oz; A McQueen, Fallin, 2 for 5lb; I Wilson, Stirling, 1 for 4lb.