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LOCH FAD & LOCH QUIEN

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11 November 2012
Loch fad fishing well at top end from boats,some really nice catches by spinner and fly. The Swinburn lads had 25 fish to the boat,returning a few. Frazer McCartney had 10 in the boat and also returned a few. All caught on black and green lures. The Spear brothers had a sporting 4hrs with 7 to the boat on green fritz. The Campbel lads had 6 along the shore on bait with the best fish a 10lb rainbow. The loch is producing pike from all shores at the moment. This weekend Billy Eastcrofts had a nice 18lb plus a few smaller fish also at the fence. The Dixon lads had 6 pike the best being two 10lb plus and Davie at the old jetty had 1@13lb and 1@14lb plus - all on dead baits. Over past few weeks 60 pike have been caught with the best fish 31lb.


5 November 2012
Loch fad producing some really good sport at the moment from both ends of the loch,the visiting clubs have done well on fly and bait,boats have gone to the barnauld bay, top right bay and old potatoe digger these areas have been very productive over the past two weeks,catches to date are rainbow warriors challenge match with Isle of Bute Angling Club warriors had19 fish for 59lb 6 a/c had13 for 38lb 4oz.
Most 
fish caught on blobs,c/w ,fabs green fritz and dancers thes lures seem to work all season. Neil Doran and J Thornton had 18 fish for 70lbs with 1@9lbs 1@9lbs. Bobby Russell had 14 fish for 31lbs, Eddie Scanlon 13 for 28lb. Park Tavern boys 45 fish for 110lbs on bait. John McNairnie 9 fish all over the loch. The Black Bull A/C had 28 along left shore on bait. Mr greenhill on same shore 8 for 21lb 8 the scottish ladies day was supported with a good turnout this year,The day started well with some nice settled weather and a few rainbows being caught all around fad,at the end of the day the boats weighed in 65rainbows for147lbs all on fad lures,winner on the was andy boylin with 8fish for 25lbs12oz and jane wright 2nd with 8for 18lbs caught at top end the day also raised some funds throgh a raffle,best pike caught recentley was by g lang with 6 best fish 23lbs, john simpson 6 pike best 18lbs.
Loch Fad is still open for any method bait, fly or pike angling

AUTUMN DOUBLES 2012
This year the competition attracted 33 pairs from all over the country, with the date a week earlier this year helping to get a settled weekend. Flies, rods and reels all ready, competitors starting to arrive on the island on Friday night and the rest off the first ferry on Saturday morning.

The first day started slow due to a cold north east light breeze, then around 11am rods started to bend along the dam wall, boathouse and reeds, most anglers started with the Loch Fads usual lures - blobs, zonkers, dancers, fabs, cats whiskers and black and green fritz on sinking lines, fast glass and intermediate lines. As the day went on every boat managed to catch. After all catches were weighed, it was off to Rothesay Golf Club for a meal and social evening, and a raffle for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The second day of the competition started with fine mild conditions for fishing, boats were well spread out over the loch and were picking up Rainbows all around the loch, with a 3.30pm finish every fish counts in this competition as one big fish can change the prize list, as you can see from the total returns for weekend .

Then onto the prizes and thanks to the lads and ladies for supporting Loch Fad and the island, also thanks to all who donated raffle prizes, a total of £1030 was raised on the night. Also thanks to George and Corrine and staff for an excellent meal and service. Thanks also to Alan and wee Lewis, Duncan, Johnny, George and Norrie for their help over the weekend, and also Alister and Neil for smoking all the fish on Saturday night.

PRIZEWINNERS
1st Double Overall

Laurie Taylor and Derek Keenan 26 fish = 68lbs 7ozs
2nd Double Overall
Donald McFadyen and Derek Chapman 19 fish = 62lbs
3rd Double Overall
Peter Edge and John Morton 16 fish = 43lbs 15ozs
4th Double Overall
Bill Courage and Tom Semple 15 fish = 40lbs 7ozs
5th Double Overall
Richard Home and Fraser McCartney 13 fish = 39lbs 7ozs
6th Double Overall
Jane Wright and Kenny Whitehead 9 fish = 38lbs 10ozs
7th Double Overall
John Simpson and Martin Hamilton 14 fish = 38lbs 5ozs
10th Double Overall
Jimmy Brown and John Chambers
15th Double Overall
Ian Moreland and Steven Goodlad
20th Double Overall
Jim Jack and Danny Bryce
30th Double Overall
Ian Cook and Mike Cook
Last Double Overall
Shane Walsh and Tommy Carroll
Biggest Fish Day One
Jimmy Brown 11lbs 9ozs
Biggest Fish Day Two
Kenny Whitehead 11lbs 6ozs

JULY / AUGUST
WITH WARM WATER OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS THIS HAS MADE FISHING A BIT SLOW ON FAD, THE LOCH HAS STILL BEEN STOCKED WEEKLY FOR VISITING ANGLERS TO FAD, THIS WOULD SEE SOME LADS MANAGING TO CATCH A FEW RAINBOWS, BEST CATCHES RECENTLY WERE MR BENNET 6FISH FOR 9LB 7OZ ON BAIT AT PUMPHOUSE, THE SUTHERLAND LADS HAD 13 FISHALSO AT PUMPHOUSE SIDE ON BAIT FOR 25LBS, MR BAIN ON BAIT HAD 4 AT FENCE FOR 7LB 1O OZ, MR RULE 5 FOR 11LBS BETWEEN FENCE AND PUMPHOUSE, MR MCKIE LADS HAD 7 NICE 2LB FISH ON BAIT BETWEEN THEM, ALSO ON HUT SIDE THE AUCHINLEK AC HAD 10 BETWEEN THEM FOR THEIR DAY OUT, ON THE BOATHOUSE BAY SIDE THE MR OGDON LADS GOT 7 RAINBOWS ON THEIR FIRST DAY AND ONLY A COUPLE ON 2ND DAY. ON FLY MR HAWTHORN HAD 4FISH ON A BLACK ZONKER WITH BEST FISH 7LB 10 OZ , ON SPINNER MR FRAZER CASTING FROM BOAT JETTY HAD 4 2LB FISH. BEST PIKE RECENTLEY, JOHN MCDADE FISHING WITH LURES ALONG REEDS HAD A 18LB SPECIMEN. GARY MURPHY A NICE 10LB FIGHTER, MICHAEL BEAR ALSO A QUALITY 17LB FAD DOUBLE BUT CATCH OF THE MONTH WAS NEIL FROM EDINBURGH WITH A 31LB 5 OZ FAD JUMBO AT THE TOP END OF THE LOCH LOCH FAD WILL BE WELL STOCKED THIS WEEKEND ONCE AGAIN WITH THE WATER NOW COOLING THIS SHOULD SEE SOME GREAT CATCHES TIGHT LINES LADS.
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS:
LOCH FAD AUTUMN DOUBLE - 13/14TH OCTOBER
SCOTTISH LADIES AND JUNIORS 3RD NOVEMBER

JUNE 2012
Loch fad has fished well over past couple of weeks. This year the water quality has been excellent and still is clear today. Catches have been from all methods again, fly from boat and bank and spinning from boat and bank. Baits used have been maggot / worm from bank.
Catches as follows:
Caldervale High School lads
25 fish for 58lbs on bait also some nice pike for their day
Mr Leggot boys 13fish for 42lbs at fence on bait.
Mr Quinn lads fished boathouse and had an excellent day with 33 rainbows for 71lbs.
Tommy strachen had 4 for 8lbs on bait.
Local angling club fished the Calder Cup Comp from boats with 19 fish landed. The best flies were cormorants, buzzers, may fly, black and green fritz on inter lines. The fish were caught all round the loch.
Keith baxter over two weeks had 30 fish along the fence shore on bait
Mr Neil had 10 Rainbows at the Boathouse Bay on bait and the Godyear lads had 13 for 24lbs at the concrete hut.
Also a great day for the Rooney party once again. First fence producing fish with 33 for the day with a total of 62lbs. Another great day for John, David & Sammy Campbell with 17 fish for 42lbs caught between the hut and the first fence. The local a/c fished the J/S Slaven Memorial on Sunday. The winner was Martin Dieghan with 6 fish on yellow dancers and orange lures.
Pike fishing on Loch Fad has seen some great sport from all over the loch with some lads having 25 to 40 fish for their 
visit mostly on dead baits roach ,mackerel, lamprey and blues


MAY 28th

This week on fad some nice catches for some lads along left shore on bait /fly spinner
wts as follows mrbyrne 4rainbows for 10lb 8oz on bait mr hammock 3 for6lb 2oz the Murphy
boys had 12for 28lbs on bait/spinner,The wester common boys on maggot at fence and pumphouse
had 28 rainbows for 60lbs Park tavern a/c had 97fish on ,bait ,spinner with four nice jumbos
among their catches young jamie royles had four herself for 10lb 6 and wee brother had four7lb
2oz,and t smith grampa with 3fish one @10lb 8 one @8lb MR Johnstone of the tavern had an nice
supprise at the top end with fad monster pike @34lbs on eight pound line on a black fritz
some other nice pike were caught along the reeds on far boathouse side, frankie from clydebank
had 6 pike on same side best fish 15lb plus monday MR Fisher had 4 for 10lbs on fly and MR BAXTER
3 RAINBOWS FOR 6LBS TIGHT LINES.

May 15th
Loch working well again this week again from all areas and all methods. Grantley Bridge from London had another 9lb plus at boathouse
on intermediate line and black lure. Civil Service lads from boats had 26 fish on damsels, blobs, and mixed fad lures from the top
end reeds, dam wall on mixed lines. Neil Baldwins visit produced 21 rainbows for 67lbs on, cats dancers, yellow dancers and
orange blobs. John Campbell had a good day at the old pumphouse with 7 for 19lbs and Mr Bull had 15 for 38lbs with best fish 10lbs 
on first day and 18 rainbows for 40lbs from the boathouse on bait on 2nd day excellant catch,Martin and jim had 4 for their day on a red blob
sam armstrong fishing pumphouse had 27 rainbows for 68lbs with best fish two @ 10lbs plus Mr Brennan had 8 f0r 17lbs best fish 1@7lbs on bait 
and same area mr apps had 11 for 27lbs with best fish 1@7lbs catch of the day went to the armstrong lads with 27 fish along left shore with 
1@10lb 3 oz and 1@10lbs plus 25 others for 68lbs


May 7th
- Loch Quien
This season loch quien is producing some really nice brown trout,over the past couple of weeks local angler
John Mcinairnie has caught 19 brown trout on black lures and olive dabblers with best fish 4lbs. Also visiting
the Quien the Dunrod AC had 9 fish with best fish 3lb 4oz mostly on peter ross sinnaman gold and a giner all caught
at boathouse and halfway down rhs of the loch. The local AC paid a visit on Sunday to fish the Chrystie Trophy also
fishing boathouse side and bottom end. The lads had 11 fish, mostly on a black pearly spider. Alister and John Campbell
had 7 fish in the boat with best fish 5lb 4oz. Winner on the day was Alister with three fish for 8lbs. Some nice pics
on our website and facebook .

May 6th

Loch now buzzing all over with plenty of fly life all around,the best bags over the past few days went to Roddy Mclean. Lads who fished from boat on sat/ sun with 32 rainbows for 65lbs on cats/ dancers and c/w most fish caught at boathouse and damn wall. They also had a tussle with a large pike looking to have the rainbow he had already caught. On Sun the boys had 15 fish with best fish 10lb 14oz caught by Robert Allardice on c/w. Grantley Bridge had a good couple of days with 13 fish - Kate Mclaren best fish 9lb, Bob Bell from dunoon had 3 for 14lb8oz - best fish 9lb 8oz. On bait Mr Stubbington had 9 for 17lbs at fence and Mr Clowes 10 for 26lbs with 1@8lb 15 oz.
The ferguson lads from paisley had 24 fish along left shore for 59lbs best fish caught by young Sean Ferguson. The Henrie party also had a few trout at the old boathouse on black humungous with 18 for 40lb on fad lures on

On the pike at fad this weekend saw some excellent sport with the lads fishing at top end over 50 fish caught and best fish caught by john gillan @26lb 10 oz the mcgregor party also had W3 doubles and 20 other fish R Whitelaw picked up 9 pike and colin parsons with 25plus at top of loch all on dead baits makrel, herring,roatch , small, trout and eel
Loch quien still producing some really nice brownies with mr haggerty getting a nice 5lb specimen check out all photos on facebook and website



22nd April 2012
Loch still producing great sport for visiting anglers. John Campbell had six fish over at the old boathouse, along with the Mancini lads who had 28 fish for 56lbs. On the other side of the loch Malcolm Bell had six fish for 20lbs including one at 9lbs 12ozs and Wester Common AC had forty fish for 112lbs, Pat O’Brien having 10 of these weighing in at 41lbs 4ozs including fish @ 10lbs, 9lbs 6ozs and 7lbs 12ozs.

17th April 2012
Loch Fad water quality is excellent
Best catches this week went to Mr McLeod with seven fish for 11lbs 8oz. All caught on bait at the first fence. Mr Haggarty, on boat, had six fish for 10lbs on mixed lures. Also on boat Mr Bell from Dunoon had five fish at top end of loch on Yellow Dancer with best fish weighing 8lbs 14ozs.
The John Smith party on their memorial day had a hard days fishing with NE wind and bright sunshine, although by the end of the day Ryan McArthy won with his best fish weighing 11lbs 2ozs, Robert Carson a close second with a fish weighing 11lbs 1oz and third was Thomas McCracken with a fish at 4lbs 14ozs, with these biggest fish winning the prizes.
On the reed bed side of the loch Harthill AC managed to catch 16 fish with the best one weighing in at 9lbs 12ozs, all caught on bait.
On Sunday, Bridgend and Patna lads and lassies had an excellent day with 60 fish for 135lbs along the left hand shore, the best fish weighing 8lbs 8ozs caught by Gavin Hill.
Thom Stevens had one at 7lbs 9ozs and Sam Graham had one at 8lbs 14oz at the boathouse side. The Blades lads had 29 fish for 66lbs with their best fish weighing 9lbs. Also at the boathouse area, Mr Harrison from Alnwick had 19 fish on Monday and Tuesday with fish weighing 8lbs and 9lbs among his catch.
Loch now well into season and fishing well.
Loch Quien still producing some nice fish to local lad John McInairnie.
On the Pike front at Loch Fad, best fish recently was caught at the first fence by Clydebank angler Shaun, a nice specimen weighing 20lbs.
Up to date pictures on our website, www.lochfad.com and on Loch Fad Fisheries facebook page.

April 2012

Loch now producing great sport all round, from the top end to the damn wall, All methods working this week best catches were from yong kelsie who had a couple of nice fish 1@8lb 15 oz 1@5lb 10oz on boat with copper mepps the dow lads had 19fish for 40 lbs on boat with inter lines and yellow dancer flies ,also on dancers the clelland ac had 40 rainbows along the damn wall plus 41 others along l h shore on bait with their best fish 1@9lb 1@9lb 14oz , The black bull boys along left shore on bait had 11rainbows for 31lbs best fish 9lbs caught by Mr Faulds. Mr Greg had a slow morning and busy afternoon along at the old jetty with7 for 13lbs on baits maggot, worm The craigneuk ac had 35 fish for80lbs best fish10lbs mr statham and john fished the sleuce beach and got 10 between them on bait . On the troutmaster front john Anderson won the heat at fad with four nice 2lb stockies well done john good luck at the final, Best pike this week went to Mr Goddard with 8pike up to 14lbs rowing round shallow areas of fad ,Also Mr Murray pike fishing at old boathouse had some nice fad low doubles on dead baits.

March 2012
LATEST REPORT
Loch fad is now open for all methods of angling, fly fishing, and bait spinning from bank or boat pike fishing from boat or bank at both ends of fad or even a bit of floatubbing. Over the last few days the loch has produced some excellent rainbows from both ends the loch some nice catches from Jane and tom wright with 7 trout for 19lb 12oz on mixed lures also William Johnston with 1
0 nice stockies for 16lbs on copper mepps from boat most caught along damn wall also Davie Swinburn with 8 rainbow on mepps from the bank wading , Jamie, Paul and Thomas ingles had a good day also at damn with 12stockies for 22lbs on bait ,the potters club fished the left shore with bait rods and weighed in 5 rainbows from 9lbs to 10lbs plus a few nice stockies for their day out. Local boys Joe miller got 4 at the first fence along with Martin Dieghan and Jim Gordon with 5fish along the same shore on fly. The best flies working are still dancers blobs white cats +olive and zonker. Jason Smith had a nice personal best from fad with a pike at 39lb 3oz at the first fence along with some other low doubles, tight lines lads. ll

March 23rd

The loch has now opened a face book page ,so have a look now and again for up to date photos plus any info of events on bute. This week was a mixed week at the loch ,with mepps spinner producing some good bags also the old boathouse area on bait thedakin lads had 5fish @ 8lbeach plus three nice stockies for a total of 42lbs on mepps colin binnie had a good day with 9 for 12lbs the thornley boys had 15fish for 40lbs on bait ,best boat on fly went to mr mc ginley with 9 for 21lbs on black humungas also willam riddicks had 4 for 7lbs also missed a few on mixed lures from boat
Loch quien has been prouducing some nice brown trout this year local angler john mc inairnie has recorded 6fish up to 6lbs on his first visit to loch quien ,photos on web and face book .
This week on fad best catches seem to be all round the loch, The mc leod day out had 11 rainbows for 42lbs 1@9lbs1@12lb2 1@7lbs 1@5lbs at firt fence on worm maggot also along the same shore the knox boys had 3fish on bait 1@10lbs 1’5lbs. neil mc irdy and jhonny had 11rainbows at green bank and top end on dancers and blobs on intermediate lines ,sat at fad was a bit bright and calm for most of the day but some lads done well on bait lillybank member Gerry Gillespie had an excellent visit at boathouse with1’@8lb8 1@9lb9 1@5lb 12 1@5lb 13 3@5lb11oz the rest of the club also done not to bad in the bright sun with 45 fish approx. for 85lbs on bait along left shore some other nice catches from scott burns with 1@9lb 14 also john sallows 1@9lbs on bait , Joe murning from boat had3 fish 1@12lb 10 oz for24lb 12oz on orange blob , Jim Gordon wading today picked up another 10lb 10oz on a fad lure,nice to see the boys catching tight lines for easter


Angling Club News
The Isle of Bute Angling Association's competition season kicked off on Sunday the 25th of March on Loch Quien in stunning weather for the time of year. The excellent weather brought a good number of members out, and with a light breeze and some nice fish rising, things were looking good.

The morning was a bit slow with just a few pulls from fish rising to small grey or black buzzers, but in the afternoon the fish started to take a bit better. Neil McKirdy had the best fish of the day with a lovely male brownie weighing 3lb 6ozs which was returned to the water after being weighed and photographed. Johnnie McInairnie was firm favourite to win this competition due to his recent form on the loch with at least eight good fish so far this season, but his luck ran out and he failed to catch.
Some anglers got a bit too comfy in the new chairs in the hut at lunchtime and it was left to one of the most experienced members of the club to show us how to catch fish. Martin Deighan used an Ace of Spades and a Black and Gold Humungus to catch two very fine Brownies for a total of 4lbs 14ozs to win the Smith Trophy.
His best fish weighed 2lbs 13ozs and the rest of us had to make do with catching a bit of the sun!


 

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