21st Oct – 10th Nov 2019

As the days shorten and we head into the winter months some anglers are heading to the loch for their last fishing of the season. As is the case throughout the fishing season, if they choose the right day, anglers are enjoying some very productive fishing reporting the fish are in fine fettle and fighting hard.

We have, of course, seen a mixed bag of weather for the fishing including a very windy day for the Final of the Coldingham Loch Cup (see below for details of this) but it has been a great pleasure to see Bob Harrison back on the water again on a day when the weather was suitable for the wheelie boat and when young Ewan was around and able to take Bob out. They were out for a few hours and both had fish on Ewan landing one of his but Bob unfortunately not managing to land any of his but did hook and play 6 fish and he thoroughly enjoyed the sport and being out on the water again. (see photos)

Fishing the margins continues to be productive though as reported last time the anglers who are prepared to drift and cover the water are probably enjoying the most productive fishing. Successful fly patterns remain similar to the last loch report ie dries, buzzers, diawl bach, crunchers, minkies, cats whisker, apps bloodworm, Fabs and blobs.

Coldingham Loch Cup Final Results

We held the final as planned on Sunday 27th October and unfortunately the wind was pretty strong in the morning though eased off a little as the afternoon wore on. However the challenging conditions were handled well by the anglers and they finished the day with a rod average of 6 per angler over the six hours of fishing.

Once again we would like to thank Mike at Fishers Tackle Shop of Penicuik for his support of the Coldingham Loch Cup with his generous uplift on the voucher prizes. This meant that the first prize was £125 of Fishers vouchers, 2nd was £75, 3rd £50, 4th £35, and 5th £25 as well as the £30 vouchers for the heat winners. Fishers also sell tackle online – website address as follows: www.fishersdirect.com

The full results are set out below – there were 18 rods on the day. A maximum of 6 bonus points were available as one bonus point was given for each hour that a fish was caught in over the 6 hours of fishing. Anglers who had the same number of fish and the same number of bonus points are positioned by the time of the first fish.

Position Name No. fish landed No. bonus points Total points
1st Karl Ferguson 15 6 21
2nd Mick Kelley 14 5 19
3rd Alan Morton 11 5 16
4th Steve Kelley 9 6 15
5th Ken Wood 8 5 13
6th Neil McIntyre 7 5 12
7th John Taylor 7 5 12
8th Keith Row 6 4 10
9th Robbie Bell 5 3 8
10th Allan Cook 5 3 8
11th Neil Keillor 4 4 8
12th Corben Skene 4 2 6
13th Pete Dann 3 3 6
14th Steven Taylor 3 3 6
15th Gus Skene 3 3 6
16th David Auld 3 2 5
17th Bill Ferguson 2 1 3
18th Tony McElvey 1 1 2

Thank you to all those who entered the Coldingham Loch Cup and we look forward to seeing you back for another go next year. Please keep an eye on the website for date announcements.

Other News:

  • Dates for all events for next season will be given in the last loch report (after Closing Day which is Sunday 24th Nov).
  • We visited St Abbs Independent Lifeboat HQ on Friday 1st Nov to hand over the cheque for the amount raised on our recent charity day. The crew and members we met that night all pass on their thanks to all those  who have supported our charity day in many different ways, – buying raffle tickets, attending on the day, donating raffle prizes, donations of money, helping on the day, etc Many thanks to all and the total of £1385 was gratefully received by the charity and is a See photos.  
  • A reminder to all those that have accumulated loyalty card stamps this year to make the most of the last 5 weeks.
  • Just a reminder that next year’s calendar for the holiday cottages is already filling up. Please contact Carmel for all your booking requests – info@coldinghamloch.co.uk

Visiting Clubs:

There are no more clubs due to visit between now and the end of the season which means that there will be lots of boat space at the weekends.

For the gallery please click on the image for full picture and use the arrows to scroll through – apologies for any heads chopped off! – this happens with large photos and is rectified when you click for the full image, thank you

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