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A Pleasant Day Out

I had not fished with my friend Gordon Sutherland all season as we just kept on having commitments when one of us was free and vice versa.

Anyway we both arrived at the loch at 08.30 and after setting up the rods and boat we got the kettle on. A nice brew with Carmel and Gareth and we then got out on the water. Despite the strong wind we headed to Swing Gate Bay.

I have a good anchor (approved) and it held the boat nicely. The bay has held a lot of fish recently and after a few minutes I had one on a fast glass line and a cormorant.

Twenty minutes later and another. Gordon had not had a touch so I moved the boat over so he could cast closer to “his shore” and he was quickly into not one but two fish at the same time.

However the bigger one on the point jumped and broke off but he did get the one his top dropper.

A new cast was hastily made up and another two fish quickly followed for Gordon.

I then hooked what felt like a substantial fish on the “hang” but after running back and forward for a while it went under the boat and the barbless Diawl Bach slipped out.

We both managed another fish each and it was then time to head in for lunch.

My corned beef sandwiches and crisps were greatly enhanced by the bottle of Malbec wine Gordon had brought along  It is a favourite of both of us and a small glass went down really well.

I hope you enjoyed the rest when you got home Gordon. 🙂

After lunch we decide to give the top end a go and for a good job we spotted a couple of risers as we motored out.

Our trip up the Loch proved fruitless and we quickly decided to go back to Boatshed Bay and when we got back there a lot of fish were rising.

On went the dries for both of us.

The fish did prove tricky but we got a few each as well as some inspections and misses.

I think we ended up with around fifteen to the boat so a really splendid day.

Not one of the manic days when fish are everywhere or one of the tough days when nothing much seems to work.

Just a good steady day with each of us getting around a fish an hour.

Good company, good crack, good wine, good weather and good fishing.

It doesn’t get a lot better………………………………….

 

A Cracking Coldingham Trout.

A Cracking Coldingham Trout.