Sunday 30 October 2011

Jamie & Martin's Newton session

Martin roped Jamie into a late Saturday night session 12pm- 3.30am on the hunt for the elusive 5 Bearded Rockling after Gordon's success on Friday night. As usual this ended in abject failure with him now believing that there is a single fish wheeled out of a local aquarium for pictures with various club members.

Jamie didn't count his fish but never had a blank cast. Martin did and the total was 32 in a 3 1/2 hour session. The best of which were Coalies and 8 out of 9 of these were decent enough fish. Jamie managed a bonus Cluggie and was over the moon as you can see( just a bit different from Abroath lol)

Saturday 29 October 2011

Gordon's Netwon session


Decided to give this place a wee try last night. Light traces with 12lb snoods and wee size 4 hooks. Frozen baits were squid, mussel and black lug. No bait was favoured over others. Had 12 fish in all which included codling, coalie, whiting, flounder and five bearded rockling. Would be a great place to take the kids - but watch the rocks in front of the wall as they are very slippy. All that's needed is a wee lob ten yards out.
Packed up just on high water at 2am just as the rain came on big style. Noticed three full trees floating by with the tide as I was getting ready to head home

Friday 28 October 2011


Stewart Clark managed a late season Salmon from the river Girvan yesterday and a nice one it was too -- tipping the scales at 21lb 8oz. The fish took him 20 minutes to land and was on one his last casts of the season.


Well done Stewart !!


Willie, Stuart and Jamie headed over to Arbroath for a mid week session ..... the forecast looked great with a strong easterly blow on Monday into Tuesday. With the winds dropping back through Tuesday into Wednesday it was decided that Wednesday for a late afternoon / evening session it should be. On arrival the conditions looked prefect -- a nice swell was still running with the water very coloured.

The fishing was pretty good with Stuart managing 12 ( courtesy of a double shot last cast ) Willie on 11 and Jamie on 6. The general size was a bit mixed but Stuart being the lucky sod as he is managed to catch the best 5 fish -- 7lb 7oz, 6lb 4oz, 5lb 14oz and a couple around the 5lb mark all adding to an overall bag in the mid forties. Not a bad nights fishing !!

Just some of Stuart's catch ......

Bait was lug and fresh crab from Davie Neil.

Things are looking good for the winter ahead !

Monday 24 October 2011

Etive results 22nd October

M Allison - 603 points 7 fish  2 Spurs, 2 Thornbacks, 2 Dogfish and 1 Cod
I Grant     - 273 points 2 fish  2 Spurs
W Millar  -   29 points 3 fish  2 Dogfish and 1 Whiting
M Bletsoe - 28 points  1 fish  1 Cod
S Wilson    - 14 points  1 fish 1 Whiting
J Wilson    - 10 points  1 fish  1 Dogfish
N Wilson  - 0 points 0 fish

Everybody deserved a pat on the back for attending in what were miserable conditions.

Sunday 23 October 2011

Loch Etive shore match 22nd Oct

Seven anglers braved the elements in what has to be one of the wettest shore matches yet( wetter even than the last Etive match believe it or not) The venue was on the north shore at the Bonawe area. Not the worst results for a shore match but difficult conditions to endure for all concerned.

Malcolm in his wisdom left his waterproof jacket at home which was a great start and Martin's new brolly bought on Saturday broke at the knuckle joint and is in now in four pieces and was picked out of the sea by Will. Iain questioned his sanity on more than one occasion and Mr Hardcore AKA Shane Wilson seemed to be the only angler not happy to end the match early. We did check him out for concussion just to see if he had bumped his head in the dark.

The drive back was a hoot with dodging a variety of animals in the dark the main challenge. There was good potential to get the Scottish mammal grand slam of Deer, Fox and Badger while aquaplaning through the surface water. Martin was apparently the only person with a Camera that was mildly waterproof so only his pictures have survived the Etive Tsunami. Results will be added to this post when the score sheets dry out.

Monday 17 October 2011


Wild weather for Gordon and Martin at Crinan no Skate but a couple of Congers and  BMD for Martin salvaged a difficult day. Mullet and Mackerel kebabs amongst other things were offered up for the Skate but they just weren't in the mood


Managed a wee session at the Newton shore last night with Jamie .... fished near the old swing park with the tide dropping to low and the first of the flood. Plenty small fish still showing ... Cod, Whiting, Coallies and a flounder ...... biggest maybe 3/4lb. Although not huge it is good to see numbers of fish around. The sea had a bit of a chop but not enough to make the difference. Here is a pic of a double of small Whiting ..... looks like an edible crab has enjoyed a chop at one of them !!

With the strong winds this week I would say it is definately worth a shot if you have a few worms or crabs in the fridge !

Willie K

Thursday 13 October 2011

Luce Bay

Jamie, Martin and Rodney made the journey south last weekend to have a crack at a backend Bass. Rodney had dusted down his beachcasters which appeared wrapped in Sunday Posts from circa 1992 and were antique in origin so off they headed. The fishing was poor in a dying sea and dropping wind but Jamie managed a Bass and a few Coalies as well as an Eel. Rodney had a few Dogs and Martin skunked and caught nothing other than a bill for diesel.

Boat match Loch Etive

The guys participating in the boat match last weekend had to dodge the weather with a switch of venue from Port Logan to Loch Etive. Three boats and nine anglers decided to make the journey and this match was a species based event.

1st - Nameless & Shameless - Steven, Kyle & Scott - 11 species - All 30 points
2nd = Ticketty Boo! II - Sarah & Gordon - 9 species - All 28 points
2nd = Tartan Spartan - Jason, Michael, Les & Darren - 9 species - All 28 points
1st - Sarah - 6 species
2nd - Kyle - 4 species
Total Species caught = 12
Black Goby, Pollack, Pouting, Poor Cod, Coalie, Cod, Whiting, LSD, Thornback, Spurdog, Grey Gurnard, Mackerel
Heaviest fish was a  4 pound 8oz Spurdog for Scott

Summer League Newton Shore

Plenty of fish in the last summer league match of the year

1st   Willie Kennedy 25 fish
2nd  Sandy Wason 20 fish
3rd  Jamie Soons  16 fish

Biggest fish of the night went to Willie with a Cod of 47cms as well as a Bass of  42cm. Lots of small Cod caught on the night which is encouraging  as well as some decent Coalies.

Well done to John Wilson who has won the summer league competition for 2011

Saturday 1 October 2011

Heads of Ayr/Dunure

Jamie, Michelle and Martin joined Willie on Reel Deal today to squirrel some Mackerel away for the winter and try their luck on some local spots towards Dunure. After the recent storms the crew wondered if the Mackerel had dispersed but their worries were soon washed away in the rain as there were reasonably plentiful although small...except for Michelle who bagged a  full house of decent ones along with the first Cod and Whiting of the trip which was great as she has never fished before ! As you can see here Jamie is getting close eying up the Cod and out of shot he has his filleting knife at the ready. The fishing was steady with small Codling, Haddock, Cuckoo Wrasse, Whiting, Ballan Wrasse, Dabs and Poor Cod making up the days catch. Jamie took the best Cod, Willie bagged the most Cod and, Michelle took to the fishing like a duck to water and just as well as it tipped it down all day.Martin just looked sinister, cold and wet and seemed to catch every Cuckoo Wrasse in the bay. Willie should expect a phone call  sometime soon from SEPA due to the amount of lead he left around the reefs at Dunure and Reel Deal was seen to enter Troon harbour  floating about 12 inches higher in the water as a result of this.