Monday 10 March 2014

Another club day on Etive

I guess it saves the blank

Jigging around

Martin and his mate Scott spent two days throwing lures into various canals. The fishing on the whole was crap  but the weather was good. The best of the fish caught was this 60cm Zander caught at 2pm on the hottest day of the year so far. Nice to see the predators reading the rule book about low light /dawn and dusk situations , colour of the water might have something to do with it!

A respectable canal PB for his efforts

Sunday 2 March 2014

River Tay outing

The club had their annual pilgrimage into freshwater on the 21st of Feb to the river Tay. The target fish being of course the elusive spring run Salmon. Over the last three years this trip has produced one springer and a handful of kelts and with the forecasted conditions I don’t think anyone was overly optimistic regarding the chances with the river on the day knocking on for 10ft above summer levels.
Ian counting his lures ( you'll need a few more mate) while Willie wonders why he's there.

The payday if you’re able to cash in could be the fish of a lifetime and with a two nice fish coming off the Dalmarnock beat already that week you just never know. So eight members made the journey north and found the river level at the expected height, the boat unable to be launched for safety reasons and the top beat also flooded out so the crew  cracked on.

Snap!! another lure hits the 50 yard mark....

The morning session provided an out of season brownie for Eddie but that was it, everyone was happy to hit the hut at 1pm for some coffee and a warm up.

Stewart looking for his car keys  accessorised with the latest addition to the Orvis range, a metal detector

River levels had dropped slightly and three of the crew managed on to the top beat in the afternoon but could only attempt to fish the top 300 yard section.

Time called at about 4.30pm. Everyone appeared to have remained dry with the exception of Martin who slipped underwater in extra time while retrieving snagged lure.
(no leaks in my waders, soooperb...home dry today)
 Some of the guys stopped overnight for a few beers. It was reported that this year nothing was left in the hotel, all bills were paid before leaving and that no suspicious stains were left on exiting the lodgings.