And Horton, author of Ultimate Pike, known as a pike angler’s classic, is special guest at the Pike Anglers Alliance for Scotland (PAAS) Annual Meeting and Gathering on Saturday 30 April at the Newhouse Hotel, Edinburgh Road, Newhouse near Motherwell ML1 5SY.
All are welcome and there will also be tackle stalls, line tests and RNLI lifejacket tests.
A secondhand tackle stand, FishX, a specialist fly, lure and predator fishing shop in Armadale, Temple Lures plus My Fishing Tackle will be represented and a golden ticket to the Lake of Menteith will be the one of the prizes.
Committee reports and the annual meeting take place from 10 a.m. to noon and the event, sponsored by Robinson Lures, Russell Lures, Gadda Baits and Fishing Lures, lasts until 4 p.m.
Incidentally, the PAAS members came out. While visiting Linlithgow Loch, anglers caught several pike over 20lbs, seven double digit fish and a host of trevallies (pike under 10lbs).
The club also fished the Lake of Menteith, often known as the Lake of Dreams, and for good reason. Many anglers caught new personal bests, many of which exceeded the magic 30-pound mark. Club members attempted over 30 pike over 20 pounds, over 40 doubles and over 200 jacks.
Membership for the coming year opened on April 1 and costs £21 for an adult. Anyone wishing to join should email Blair Davidson: [email protected]
Meanwhile, the Scottish Fly Fishing Championships will take place on Saturday September 3 at Lake Menteith with an entry fee of £60. The winner takes home £600, second £300 and third £200 and it is managed by Lothians-based Ben Robertson under international rules. Input is activated [email protected] and it’s first come, first served with entrees arriving quickly.
Locally, Rosebery near Temple in Midlothian and Harlaw above Balerno open April 1 for the season. Rosebery manager Dougie Grant said they were busy fixing all three boats and the paths to prepare for the opening.
There has been, he said, a lot of interest and observers have noted that the fish have increased in recent days as the temperature has risen. Prices have been frozen since last season for boat and bank fishing, meaning an adult day ticket costs £23 and a senior and junior can fish for £15. For this, adult anglers can keep three fish and a senior two fish and you must book in advance.
Robert Ross, general secretary of Malleny Angling, which looks after Harlaw and part of Threipmuir, confirmed day permits are only available online and the permit for a three fish limit is £25 . A catch and release ticket costs £1. You cannot purchase a water permit which is shore fishing only. It is also fly fishing only, no casting or bait fishing and no floats are allowed. Evening tickets will be available later in the season.
He said, “You have to buy a license for the day you plan to fish. It is illegal to fish without written permission.
The Water of Leith also opens for fishing on April 1 and permits are free from a number of outlets including The Water of Leith Conservation Trust, 24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh EH14 1TQ.
The permit allows fishing from Bridge Road, Balerno, to the West Bowling Green Street Bridge in Leith. Edinburgh City Council is asking anglers to respect several private stretches.
The Almond has been open for a few weeks and Edinburgh-based angler Scott Abbott has been sporting the stretch from Cramond Brig to the boat pool at the bottom of the river. He made two trips and hooked 36 fish between the two sessions while fishing two nymphs on a French leader under a klinkhammer.
Let’s get sea angling and the skippers of Scotland’s Junior Sea Angling Team have sent out a shout out to any youngsters willing to give it a try. A test session is scheduled for April 24 at Balmerino near Newport-on-Tay. Meeting time is 11am in the Tay Bridge car park in Newport-on-Tay DD6 8DY.
Fishing takes place from 12pm to 4pm and Lindsay Wilson, Scotland’s junior team manager, is looking for a team to take to the home International Championship in Weymouth in July.
Anyone over the age of 12 is the target and it has already sparked the interest of a young girl from Castle Douglas. Trial participants are asked to bring worms (fresh or frozen) and mackerel, plaice and eel are the species targeted at the site which is well known for producing good sport. A three-hook clamshell rig is required for the terminal tackle.
Wilson can be contacted on 07751 051782 and he said: “Juniors and ladies are welcome for this session and please let us know if you are attending. Also if you have any friends interested in trying out for the junior team , please let us know and bring them to the day.”
Let’s get big game fishing and the Scottish Women’s Carp Team are training this weekend at Broom near Dumfries for the Home International later this year and there’s been plenty of interest in the opening of all three ponds coarse fishing at Drumtassie near Blackburn on Saturday 26th March. .
The introduction of Doris, a 30lb carp, has raised the bar and reminds anglers that this is a day water ticket. If you wish to fish at night, you must be a member. Applications available.
Meanwhile, the coarse fishing season is heating up and Magiscroft, popular with Lothian anglers, confirms they have raised the price of their licence. It’s cash only, no cards, and an adult ticket now costs £9, a junior ticket £8 and a twin rod ticket £14 and anglers are reminded they need a dip net to fish in water near Cumbernauld and that a stall mat is also needed. for the main lake.
Over a ton of mirror and common carp were stocked in the ponds and they started feeding thanks to the warmer weather.
Edinburgh and Lothians Coarse Angling Club (ELCAC) member Tommy Lauriston won the final midweek match at Magiscroft with a bag of carp weighing 32lb 8oz. Second was Dave Birchall at 26lbs 3oz and third was Roz Cassidy, another ELCAC member, at 24lbs 5oz. The first match of the season for ELCAC at Alex’s Pond, Orchill, near Auchterarder will take place on Saturday 9th April.
Elsewhere, two Scottish teams face off in the Sensas Challenge, Britain’s premier international team event, on the Gloucester Canal this weekend with Edinburgh’s James Dornom and Dunfermline’s Gus Brindle both involved in a platoon of 39 British and foreigners.