September hasn’t disappointed so far. Returns have been excellent and for one or two of our regulars, personal bests have been recorded.
Bob Cockburn gets another mention as his seasons average still manages to hover around the 12 mark but he also managed to land a superb rainbow of nine and a half pounds which he weighed in the boat and returned to the loch. The fish gave Bob the fight of its life, twice taking the line down to the backing and with the aid of some nifty engine work on the boat to prevent the line from snapping he eventually landed it some 100metres away from where it was first hooked.
Pete Davis also matched this two days ago when he also landed a fish which he estimated to be around the 8 lb mark. Again the fish was safely returned to the loch following an epic battle to land it but unfortunately Pete had no witnesses or a camera to record his biggest ever fish at Coldingham. But don’t worry Pete, we believe you!
The following day Mike Graham on his first trip to the loch hooked into what he described as a monster fish which unfortunately snapped his rod while he was playing into it.
All fish were caught using variations of the spider and interestingly both were hooked in almost the same place on the loch ie between the fish cage and the south shore, increasingly becoming known as Ginger Point for reasons which most of you will be aware.
On the subject of fly patterns it has been an interesting period. Normally September can produce some excellent end of season weather and will sustain the use of dry flies following on from the August period which was dominated by the use of daddies and hoppers. However this year there has been a noticeable chill in the air and as a result the fish have been feeding lower down. Cats whisker, Whickhams, Nymphs, Diawl Bach, Buzzers, GRHE, Cormorants and wait for it ……. even March Browns (ask Terry Joblin) have all been reliably successful patterns. A quick change to the dries when the temperature rises is still worth a shot though, and what we have been delighted with this year is just how well the loch has fished to the dry flies over a sustained period.
The good numbers of fish caught has been matched by the quality and variety of fish being landed. All anglers are reporting catching fish that are tremendously hard fighting and at this time of the year due to the water quality and temperature, backed by a summer of plentiful feeding the fish are in superb condition. Rainbows, blues and browns are all first class.
Dave Roberts and Ken Mason returned to the Loch for their annual, weekly outing and fished every day. They recorded superb catches throughout the week and believed it to be their best ever outing. We also entertained Les Lockey for three days fishing and he also came in with very impressive numbers with an average of just short of 12 for the three days. James and Joy Gardner also managed a day at the loch and unsurprisingly recorded a return of 22 fish to the boat, with James just managing to claim top spot. Hoppers and Diawl Bachs being the keys to their success.
In Club News:
- The Priory club from Glasgow visiting the loch for the first time had what they described as their best outing of the season. Their 8 anglers hauled and released 80 fish between them giving an average of 10 fish/angler. John Bennett who instigated the trip was awarded best catch of the day. Suffice to say they are now considering Coldingham as an annual venue despite the worries about the distance to travel.
- On the same day Leith Anglers recorded ‘excellent sport’ with organiser Mark Telfer coming out on top with the heaviest bag.
- Norham and Ladykirk visited us the next day and fished the loch from boat and bank. Ginger (Brian Palmer) fishing from the bank had the most fish with 7 but the winning weight went to Jim Cameron with a four fish bag weighing almost 11 and a half pounds. Again all reported having a very enjoyable days fishing. Special mention must go to junior member Dean Coburn who got the prize for heaviest fish which weighed in at 3lb 14oz
- Border Bears joined us towards the end of this period, their 4 anglers caught a total of 23 fish giving an average of 5.5 fish/angler. Overall winner was Graham Inkpen having the heaviest bag and heaviest fish of 3lb 8 oz. They commented on the number of fish in the loch and a great days fishing despite the disappointing turnout
- The Anchor Inn fished an afternoon / evening session earlier today. The seven anglers managed 23 between them with the best bag of the day going to Jim Blair. Ian McArthur also landed a brown of approximately 3 lbs (see photo)
During the next period we look forward to welcoming the High Constables of Edinburgh, Mid Lothian AA, Pencaitland AC and Morpeth AC and as always extend a warm welcome to them.
We are also piloting what we hope will be an annual event here at Coldingham. Loosely called the ‘Lads and Dads Comp’ we have invited senior and junior anglers to join us for a fun day of angling where the combined length of the juniors catch will be matched against the combined length of the seniors catch for the honours to the ‘ L of a Length’ Trophy. Proceeds from the day will be given to a local charity which this year will be the RNLI at St Abbs. If the format of the day proves to be successful we are intending to increase the number of entrants next year by making this bank and boat completion, so our apologies to anyone who this year has not been invited to fish.
In other news:
- We held a corporate day for Thomson Bethune on Friday 14th and despite a howling wind which limited fishing to the boathouse bay, everyone managed to fish. Catching was difficult due to the adverse conditions and the fact that most anglers were complete novices, however despite this everyone agreed that they had had a great day and are looking forward to their next angling experience (see photos).
- Philip Parker on his first outing with fly managed to land 2 rainbows (see photo) well done Philip
- Congratulations also to Glenys who has started fly fishing this year and she celebrated a catch of two beautiful rainbow beating partner Taff for the first time – though Glenys did concede that Taff had the heaviest fish at 3lb in their combined catch of three.
- Very sad news that Pim Wood (Bob Coburn’s uncle) passed away aged 72 on Monday 3rd September. Pim was a very keen fisherman and in years gone by was a Coldingham regular. He recently had to give up fishing due to ill health but is responsible for teaching Bob everything he knew about fishing. Bob and his family will miss him but wish him to be remembered as an excellent angler and founder of the ‘72 Club’ in Duns.
Important News about the End of Season
Our last day for boat fishing will be on Saturday 1st December and our closing day for the bank will be Sunday 2nd December. We will be closed for all fishing from this date until our Opening Day on 16th March 2013.
During the closed season we will be working hard to prepare the loch, boats and holiday cottages for the new season.
A reminder that spaces on boats for opening day are going fast.
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