Sunday February 28th

DATE                                  Sunday February 27th
NOTABLE BAGS             Andy Holden had 5 trout for 22lbs
BEST RAINBOW             8lbs for Andy Holden and Ian Greenwood: 7lbs 12oz Robert Tuncliff
BEST BROWN                  3lbs 8oz John Hood
BEST BLUE                       3lbs Keith Lowrie
BANK AVERAGE           5.6 trout per angler
BOAT AVERAGE            10.3 trout per angler
SPORT: The wind switched around to the north and there was a notable drop in temperature. It did seem to slow down the sport but some anglers altered their tactics and we saw a lot of completed bags and some high scores. On a boat in Newclose Bay Stocks regulars Ian Greenwood and Mark Tyndal had arm aching sport with a steady stream of hard fighting rainbows. They fished Di3 and Di5 lines with black mini lures into the shoreline from the mushroom tree to the limit. Ian whose bag included a beautiful 8lb rainbow said it was crucial to stay close in as soon as the boat drifted away from the bank the takes dried up. It was nice the Ayr Travellers on the water today they are very accomplished anglers and today was no exception with many of them tallying up great scores. Alec Bowler scored well with a black fritz, Jim Crawford and Willie Riddicks found crunchers to be productive and Mr D McCormick used bibios to great effect.  They found the most productive area to be the Northern Shallows. Also enjoying great sport on a boat was farther and son team Peter and Ryan Mathews they found a lot of trout holding at the Causeway. On the Shore the top rod was Ian Ritchie who had day changing moment when he tied a small cormorant on his dropper. He’d had half a dozen over a couple of hours but after adding the cormorant to his cast he added another 12 in short order. Ian was fishing at the Alders on the East Bank. We did see quite a split in the returns today. Anglers seemed to catch either just a couple or a lot which suggests the trout are a bit ‘poddy’ so if you are not getting regular takes it is best to move on. Tight Lines Be

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