Tam Cherry and Andy Hamlin, both from Roslin, who fish in the water about five times a year, put their local knowledge to good use to win.
They were first back in port at 10:47 am – less than two hours after departure – with eight fish tipping the scales at an impressive 34 lb 8 oz plus their time bonus.
This is the second time in three years that a boat has returned to port with its quota. On the previous occasion, it was a Fife-based fisherman who had gone out alone because his intended boat partner had not shown up.
In second place this time, Bonnyrigg’s Eck Moffat and Mayfield’s Stevie Whitehead were back at 11:12 am and their bag weight was 29lb 6oz plus their time bonus.
Third, Russel Dickson of Port Seton and Scott Mitchell, also from East Lothian, qualified to fish in the final with eight fish for 30 lbs.
All 11 boats were used and spread over the 100+ acre reservoir and conditions were ideal according to Glencorse owner Bill Taylor, who said there was clear skies and a slight ripple over the water.
Some did not find it so easy to win their eight fish with a boat returning just before the 4pm deadline.
Competitors praised the condition of the fish and the site and Glencorse is hosting a second round on August 1, which is full.
The tank continues to fish well and Fife-based fisherman Owen Cook has attempted 30 at various dry models this week.
Also on the theme of competition, but at sea, Lothians fishermen are included in the battlefield of the Mull of Galloway Sea Fishing Festival on June 12 and 13 around Drummore, the southernmost town of Scotland.
The event is followed by a species hunt on August 6 and 8 in Drummore, Luce Bay and Port Logan and a kayaking event on August 14 and 15 and one of the organizers, Kevin Hamilton, said 50 boats had been entered for the peak event. , one of the best competitions of its kind in Britain, and there was a waiting list.
Jason Nicol of Glasgow defends his title at the June event and there are more than ten boats from England and one from Ireland against local fishermen including Les McBrides and George Wood, based in Edinburgh.
More than 40 registrations have also been received for the species hunt and the organizers stress that conservation is at the forefront of all their events.
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Back on land, Cobbinshaw holds its annual open house on Sunday July 4, during which fishermen can view the facilities and fish for free for three hours.
It is a private fishing association founded over 100 years ago with around 340 members with an entry fee of Â£ 150 and an annual subscription of Â£ 306.
Registration fees and the first annual subscription can be paid in installments during the first year, and membership allows fishing seven days a week throughout the year, although there are some restrictions in the winter.
In addition, a boat charge is payable for each outing, members, Â£ 12 for the first four hours and Â£ 1.50 per hour thereafter. For customers it is Â£ 22 for the first four hours and Â£ 1.50 per hour thereafter.
Meanwhile, Chad Rantenbach was smiling better in Bowden Springs after landing an 11-pound rainbow on an Ally McCoist, his very first fly-caught fish.
Scott Morton also returned good numbers with six for almost 30 pounds including a 7.5 pound brown trout and Gordon Reid and hooked up to a 10 pound rainbow with buzzers, worms and lures that have worked well recently.
Bowden’s bait pond also did well, according to owner Jim Gargaro.
Robert Ross, board member of Malleny Angling, described the recent harvest at Harlaw as “exceptional” with the quality and size of the fish “superb”.
Double bag limit catches have become the norm with many fish over two to four kg. The fish are in superb condition with magnificent brown trout up to 3kg being caught.
Ross added: “The fly outbreaks have resulted in an incredible number of fish feeding on the surface. Small size 14 dry flies, size 12 black or green buzzers and small lures such as a yellow dancer with a white tail or a hot-headed black dancer.tied on a standard size 10 hook have all been successful.
“Small lures with bright orange heads will tempt fish and work well if the water is lightly colored, no need for large lures. The first mayflies emerge which will herald increased surface activity. A traditional mayfly nymph, tail nymph. pheasant or hare’s ear attached to a standard size 10 lure hook should tempt trout.
“Fishing in the first 3 feet of the water should be the most productive. Trout, for some reason, seem to prefer the emergent nymph that is stuck in the surface film to the adult fly.”
Anglers who bring back fish are encouraged to take a barbless hook and return the fish without removing it from the water.
Ross added: “It has also become the policy to carefully return the bigger fish, giving another angler the chance to catch them. These big fish are powerful and will test any angler’s gear and skills. . “
The new Malleny Angling policy is operational and the indicators must have a hook and look like a fly.
Ross said: âThe material has been recovered showing that the fishermen are using imitation latex larvae. This is an illegal method in Harlaw and Threipmuir.
“All fishermen caught using this method will have their license revoked and will be prohibited from fishing in the two reservoirs controlled by MA Ltd.”
Random bag checks are now also in effect.
All anglers are required to register upon arrival at Harlaw and register their catch, weigh themselves and log out upon departure. When this is not possible due to the bailiff’s patrol, an SMS should be sent to the bailiff’s cell phone.
In Linlithgow Loch, most anglers have favored diawl bachs and buzzers, but some are sticking to their favorite lures like boobies and cat whiskers.
Tours included Balbeggie AC who kept 34 trout for 88 pounds mostly on boobies and buzzers Dennis the Menace. Dunfermline Townhill AC also had a good day keeping 33 trout for 93 lbs, again on boobies and buzzers.
Rosyth’s civil service kept 34 fish for 99 pounds, the best flies were green peas and diawl bachs.
In the Midlothian, Rosslynlee fished well with Gordon Bunce trying 25 on small drys and buzzers at the dam pit and Jimmy McLauchlan recording 18.
Meanwhile, Markle in East Lothian has also fished well with little black flies that hatch “everywhere,” according to manager Jimmy McLachlan.
The trout here prefer calm water rather than ripple and Markle, because it is close to the sea, has been cooler than other fisheries in the Lothians, hence the consistently good catch returns.
Nearby in Gifford, Tweeddale Millennium posted a notice saying any fisherman found using a spinner or electric bait on the upper pond will be asked to leave and banned for life.
Fishermen like Matty Devine returned home happy. He had seven in net plus a 12lb rainbow, a brown over 10lb and another 9lb rainbow on dancer’s lures and bloodworms.
The new date of the postponed contest is Friday June 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Finally, Ivy Press just released The Book of Knots, 120 knots convenient for all intents and purposes. It was compiled by two tying experts, Geoffrey Budworth and Jason Dalton, and the knots are of interest to those who fish, climb, camp, sail, or just want to fix things around the house.
Entries reveal the history and development of each node and detail its uses and peculiarities. There are step-by-step instructions and the chapters cover elbows, buckles, hitches, lashings, spools, plugs and whips.
Diagrams accompany the explanations and I have already found practical applications for several knots in fishing and around the house. All knots are rated for strength, security, ease of tying, and ease of untwisting.