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Fishing: why a license covering the mouth of the Almond in Cramond to north of Kirkliston is good value

A quaint spot on The Almond on the outskirts of Edinburgh

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The license covers fishing from the mouth of the Almond at Cramond all the way north to Kirkliston, a stretch of over eight miles, and Arndt added: “We always think we are good value for money.

Arndt also confirmed that the club’s joint venture with the West Lothian Angling Association is ongoing. This allows a reduction of £ 10 on the cost of a subscription with West Lothian whose license comes into effect near Newbridge and covers more than nine miles of the Almond.

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The license fee for Cramond is £ 38 for adults, £ 28 for seniors, £ 15 for students and juniors are free with an adult and this covers salmon, sea trout and brown trout on the river accessible by Lothian buses.

Arndt said it was the first increase in a decade and confirmed there was a surge in interest in licenses last season after the lockdown with fishermen keen to get out and move.

He hopes that trend will continue this season which begins with an opening barbecue on Saturday, February 5 at 9 a.m. at Fair-a-Far Weir, with the Covid-19 restrictions allowing it. Members and non-members are welcome.

Volunteers, he said, are always welcome to join their committee and he reported that the catch on the water had been good last season.

Meanwhile, Jamie McHale leads the silverware hunt in the Bass Rock Shore Angling League Winter Series with three rounds remaining.

The Gifford-based fisherman has 54 points with Stuart Gardiner (North Berwick) second with 32 points and new Scotland international Barry McEwan (Port Seton) third with 30 points.

The participants hope for better weather on Wednesday January 11 for the tenth round. Anglers had to contend with westerly winds of 40-50mph on the ninth round resulting in poor fishing. The sea was calm but only three of the nine participants weighed.

The border was between North Berwick and Seacliffe and North Berwick’s Stevie Biskup hooked up to a 3lb 10oz cod aft of North Berwick Harbor to win the top prize.

The second was Jamie McHale with a 1 pound 10 ounce rise and the third Alan Brown (Dunbar) with a 10 ounce rockling. Next Wednesday’s venue will be published Sunday evening on the club’s Facebook page. New members are always welcome.

Elsewhere, Ayr’s Stuart Cresswell hooked four fish for 9lb 4oz to win the East Fife Shore Angling Club New Years Open event with Colin Holmes (Arbroath) second on two fish for 8lb 9oz.

The third was Sandy Wason from Ayr with two fish for 7lb 7oz and the organizers said it was great to see so many participants for the match fished under reasonable conditions with swell and colorful water.

The next Cod League game is on January 15th with a schedule between 4pm and 9pm and the race for the top prize is led by Billy Buckley with 6lb 14oz.

The Arbroath Open Competition takes place today (Saturday 8 January) from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with registration at Victoria Carp Park, Arbroath, from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. It’s pay and go and participants choose their own brands.

Weigh-in takes place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Victoria Carp Park and anglers must use a rod with a maximum of three hooks. Call Allan on 07387 655760 or Stewart on 07759 379978 for more details,

Moving on to fly fishing and West Lothian, the Boxing Day competition at Drumtassie near Blackridge drew 25 anglers and Colin Sharp won. He had a beautiful 15lb 3oz fish in his bag.

Other notable catches during the festive season included Mick Ogilvie with 25 in one session, his best a 20 lb-er, while Chris Mulholland used a deworming pattern to attempt 17 in a session and CDC and 16 in a other.

Ian Surgeon had ten of them on Eggstasy Yellow Worms and Dancers grounds and boss Leeanne Aitchison confirmed the replenishment has taken place.

In the vicinity of Bowden Springs, anglers also caught it. R Torrang flipped the best fish, a 7-pound rainbow, on a buzzer while regular Paul Dancer had three on an okey dokey orange pattern.

R Wilson landed two on a black bunny and Tony Caxon landed a beautiful 4-pound fish on a yellow dancer. The Bait Pond also produced with David Arnott recording two on Yellow Powerbait, both around 3 pounds.

In the Midlothian, eggs, buzzers and diawl bach have recently been among the best models in the Rosslynlee fishery near Penicuik.

Moving on to East Lothian, Markle continues to fish well with manager Jimmy McLachlan reporting that mini lures and anything pink attracts big trout. The best method is to fish statically with occasional contractions.

Jock Kettles won the Festive competition at Tweeddale Millennium, with the Scottish captain catching five fish in the net. Jamie O’Meara and Jamie McLeary finished second with four fish each.

The yellow dancer, Eggstasy worms, black and green decoys, black and silver decoys, and black and orange decoys as well as diawl bach and buzzer patterns have worked well recently.

Grayling continues on the Esk River in Musselburgh and locals suggest that a 3m dropper and 3.5m tip should cover most of the river.

There are deeper holes which may require a maximum of 4.5m, but sometimes anglers have to go up to 2.5m with size 18 hooks to tempt the fish.

Let’s move on to big game fishing and with a spin to go, it’s really tight at the top of the Magiscroft silver-only float series sponsored by Del’s Fresh Produce.

Local fisherman James Woodrow leads the race for the £ 200 first prize with Gus Brindle, the president of the Scottish Federation of Corsica Angling based in Fife, second and Dave McAuley third.

The first leader, Chris Paton, dropped to fourth place with Barry Lindsay fifth.

Brindle won the fourth game and section last weekend at 8lb 7oz with Woodrow the other section winner at 5lb 2oz.

The final round will take place on Sunday, January 16, and everything is up for grabs.