Jun 22 2012 by Mike WIlson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
RAITH RESERVOIR (Prestwick): most not familiar with the noble art will tell you: "Is it not better fishing when it’s raining?"
Well they were proven right during the torrential rain that was the weekend. Those who braved it opted to seek what little shelter there was and coorie in.
First down the road was John Crichton with two rainbows on two casts then two on one cast which proved a pantomime. Fortunately, Stewart Greenwood was on hand to net one. Total weight 8lbs 8oz on power bait.
Slightly further along the bank Jim Phillips, hiding in a bush, had four for 8lbs on power bait, Tom Drummond four on power bait for 10lbs, Jim Gillespie one on a gold mepp and three on power bait for 10lbs, Bob Younger four rainbows on power bait for 9lbs 14oz, John Anderson three rainbows for 6lbs on power bait,
Huddled in Curley’s Corner, Bernie Dunlop had three rainbows for 7½lbs. Good job he brought a Twix as his piece was sodden and he could not pick his horses as his paper was the same. Pal Eric Greenwood had three rainbow for 6½lbs on power bait.
Stevie Ross, still trying to prove a point, dragged up sons Liam and Joseph for a wee demonstration. Stevie two rainbows for 3lbs 7oz, Joseph two rainbows for 3lbs spinning and Liam two on power bait for 4lbs 2oz (maybe next time), Neil McGinn two rainbows on power bait for 5½lbs, Stewart Dunlop one rainbow for 3lbs and lost one.
After all said and done, maybe not an enjoyable one but a good sporting weekend and sensible bags taken.
COYLE WATER FISHERY (Coylton): the fishing has been very good this week with many fish succumbing to mainly dry flies.
Bait pond: MRMH club enjoyed a good day’s fishing with advice and help from the fishery staff managed to catch five fish weighing 11.6 lb.
J. Kerr from Ayr caught five fish weighing 12.5 lb, Mr McCandlish from Craig Tara caught five weighing 10.5 lb, Mr Steven from Ayr caught two weighing 3.4 lb, Master Wilson from Coylton caught two weighing 4.25 lb, Master McLaughlin from Drongan caught two weighing 3.75 lb.
Fly pond: M. Denton from Ayr caught eight over two visits using a caldy, Mr Grayson from Ayr caught seven using a mixture of dry flies, P. Stewart from Ayr caught four using a black hopper, Alison Wilson from Coylton caught four using a caldy, Mr Edgar from Ayr caught three using a grey wolf, Mr Green from Ayr caught two using an olive damsell, Mr O’Conner from Monkton caught two using a black C.D.C. weighing 5.5lb, Liz Drennan from Coylton caught a nice rainbow trout weighing 3.1.lb using a black buzzer, Bill Drennan from Coylton also caught a nice rainbow trout weighing 2.8 lb using an orange blob.
BURNS TROUT FISHERY (Tarbolton): winner of Tarbolton and Failford Angling Club's senior evening two fish competition was D Allan with two for 4lb 11oz (on time).
Catches: fly pond: Jamie Davaston (age 10) two fish for 4lb, B Baker eight for 21lb, J Young three for 8lb 4oz, The Rev from Irvine three for 7lb 8oz, J Alexander two for 4lb 3oz, D Wilson two for 3lb 14oz, P Cuthbert two for 4lb, J Smith two for 4lb 5oz, B Robertson one for 1lb 11oz, R McFarlane two for 4lb 4oz, J Martin two for 4lb 3oz, C McFarlane two for 4lb 11oz, M Kennedy two for 4lb 6oz, S Harvey four for 8lb 10oz, H Diamond two for 4lb 8oz, G Gotch one for 2lb 10oz, M Pitt one for 2lb 4oz, D Rooney three for 7lb, I Blackwood three for 6lb, F Black three for 5lb 5oz, A Leahman three for 6lb 10oz, C Jackson three for 6lb 2oz, G Boax three fish, J Pearson three fish, H Rooney three for 6lb.
Bait pond: Kim Dunnachie nine for 21lb 4oz, J Young three for 8lb 4oz, A Fechenie two for 4lb 6oz, J Lothian two for 4lb 4oz, S Campbell four for 8lb 2oz, C Hamilton three for 5lb 10oz, N Hamilton three for 5lb 14oz, D Hamilton two for 4lb, R Cowan three for 6lb 2oz, R McCormack three for 6lb 2oz.
DALVENNAN FISHERY: Colin King one for 3½lbs, David Semple two for 4½lbs, Tommy McLeod one for 3lbs, Alex Richmond three for 8½lbs, John Davidson two for 4¾lbs, Gill Knox one for 2¾lbs, Martin Gallagher two for 4¾lbs, John McMillan one for 5½lbs, David Denholm two for 7lbs, Rab Conn two for 4¾lbs.
Catch and release: Tam Knox released two, Tam Anderson five, Mark Whalin two, Sam Kung one at 5¾lbs, David Cole two, Jock Hardie two, Ally Hill four, John Kennedy three, Billy Keane one, Peely one, John McMillan one, Norman Brown three, Eric Brown four, Rab Conn three (one at 7lbs), Tommy McLeod two (one at 6½lbs), Kim Manuel two.
BROOMHILL FLY & COARSE FISHERY (Patna/Rankinston B730): fly pond fishing very well with good catches on buzzers and dries.
David Duncan snr 26 c/r (two visits) David Duncan jnr 13 c/r, Willie McKean 16 c/r (two visits) R. Paterson three c/r, Garry Mitchell one c/r, Norman Kettlewell 18 c/r (two visits), Archie Thom 12 c/r, Steven Gault two c/r, Duncan Murphy three c/r, David Campbell four c/r, Danny Szulc eight c/r, Sean Black five c/r, John Priest six c/r, Harry Barclay five c/r, Chris two c/r, S. Roberts 10 c/r, Edward Hopkins five c/r, Katrina Hopkins two c/r.
Coarse pond: carp up to 10lbs being caught. Gordy Taylor won with 36lb 4oz, Jim Anderson won with 32lb 12oz, unlucky angler Harvey Maule has been second with 21lb 12oz and third with 22lb 10oz. It’s only a matter of time before he wins.
Adult and child can fish after 6pm on any day for £10.
AYR ANGLING CLUB: the river is fishing well due to better water levels. Loch Braden and Shankston Loch are also fishing well with both visitors and members achieving good catches.
Snipe Loch top catches: L. Ritchie six fish for 9½ lbs on two double tickets, Arthur family from Glasgow five for 8lbs, M. Poole two for 4½ lbs, J. Henderson two for 5 lbs. Total catch for week is 51 fish for 130lbs.
Snipe adult competition on Saturday, June 23 9am-4pm, Shankston adult fish competition on Saturday, June 30 9am-4pm. Snipe junior competition revised date, this will now be fished on July 1, 10am-4pm. A rod, trophies and various vouchers are to be won by qualifying anglers.
Details from secretary Bill Ritchie on 01292 880669.