Friday 29/10/2021 – Friday 05/11/2021
WHAT A WEEK! There has been quite a variation in the weather this week from frosty mornings and flat calms to unseasonably mild temperatures, severe flooding, and gale force winds. For the majority of the week the fishing was exceptional, the fish feeding up heavily for the winter months, it appeared as if anglers could do nothing wrong and they were having some of the best sport they have ever experienced, we even witnessed a new fishery record! Other days the anglers had to work a little harder to find the right depth, but once they did those great returns were once again achieved.
A massive well done to Kevin Jenkinson who has the new fishery record for most fish caught, this now stands at 41 fish! I wonder how long it will take to beat that!
FISH OF THE WEEK – This weeks top spot goes to DAVID FISHER with a 10.5lb rainbow. Well done, David, you are the first winner of our winter big fish competition! Your free all-day c&r ticket and scrumptious steak pie awaits you!
FLIES OF THE WEEK – This weeks top 3 flies were BUZZERS, ORANGE LURES and DAIWL BACHS .
Other successful flies were mop flies, fry poppers, fabs, shimmy worms, pin fry imitations, yellow owls, dinky, blobs, eggs, suspended buzzers, yellow dancer, ptn, cormorants, hoppers, spiders, various dries, grub imitations, damsels, Ally McCoist, viva, humongous, pink lure, cats whiskers, squirmy, zonkers, eggstacy worms and bunny leach.
- PAUL PRICE & JIM MCINTYRE – What can I say about these 2……. it’s never a dull day when they are on the water! The day started out like it usually does, 2 mates having a good laugh and catching plenty fish between them, what happened next was comedy gold! Jim hooked into fish number 7 to draw with Paul. Paul gets up to cast but doesn’t notice the chair has moved to the side slightly, 2 legs are now balancing on the side of the podium, he sits back down, and the chair tipped him in the water. He makes his way to the side, but is buckled over, when May asked Jim (who is still playing fish number 7) if Paul is ok, he replies, whilst laughing “aye he’s fine” When Paul still didn’t get up May made her way over to him to see if he was ok, thankfully it wasn’t the heart attack it looked like! He had hurt his ribs. Then a fish took his fly that was still in the water, his rod shot off the platform and May jumped in to get it before it disappeared, all while Jim is still playing fish number 7! May gets back onto the platform and keeps playing the fish whist on her back trying to get the freezing cold water out her boots and when Paul had recovered, he landed fish number 8! It must be such a relief for Paul to know that Jim will always look after him in an emergency, unless he has a fish on! PAUL PRICE – 8 fish using orange and green mop flies, JIM MCINTYRE – 7 fish using a green & white mop fly.
- BOBBY GARVIE – Safely returned 3 rainbows using an orange blob and a hot head damsel on a floating line.
- STEVIE VANCE – Was over the moon to catch his first tiger, a beauty weighing 4lb “what a fight!” he also safely returned 2 rainbows caught using diawlbachs on a floating line.
- LAWRENCE MCDONALD – Had a great day, he safely returned 9 fish using a fry popper, fabs and daiwl bachs on a floating line and a shimmy worm fished static under a sight indicator.
- COKER WILSON – “another good day at Burnhouse!” He safely returned 6 using buzzers and pin fry imitation on a floating line.
- WILLIAM WILSON – Safely returned 3 rainbows using buzzers and a dinky on a floating line.
- DAVE AVERY – Safely returned 2 “hard fighting” rainbows using a yellow owl and daiwl bachs on a floating line. That was the first he had caught on a dry, so he was buzzing.
- HUGH RANKIN – BEAT CAMPBELL! He safely returned 2 rainbows using an orange blob on a floating line.
- CAMPBELL BAILLEY – “LET HUGH WIN” He safely returned 1 rainbow using an orange dancer on a floating line.
- GORDON MCVICAR – The fish weren’t playing nice with Gordon, he only managed 1 to the net using a pink dancer on a floating line.
- IAN DON – Had another successful day and left a happy man, he safely returned 7 rainbows using mainly buzzers on a floating line.
- ANDY MATHERS – Safely returned 4lb and 5lb rainbows caught using daiwl bachs and a coral fab on a floating line.
- DONALD FORBES – Worked his usual magic with his buzzers and safely returned 7 rainbows.
- MARK ANTHONY – Its been a while since Mark has made it to Burnhouse, he enjoyed his first day back and safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a peach egg fished static under a sight indicator.
- TRACY ALLAN – Went home a happy lady with a beautiful 4lb rainbow. She also had the privilege of watching Paul and May take their swim and laughed A LOT!
- PETE HEPBURN – Safely returned 1 rainbow caught using a suspended buzzer on a floating line.
- CHRIS HUGHES – Safely returned 5 fish caught using a yellow dancer.
- NICKY BURKE – Safely returned 2 fish using a hot head yellow dancer.
- GRAHAM STEVENSON – Safely returned 4 fish using buzzers on a floating line.
- GREG HOWE – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a yellow egg fished static under a sight indicator.
- STEVEN FROST – safely returned 1 fish using a green egg fished static under a sight indicator.
- TRACY ALLAN – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a cormorant on a floating line.
- CHRIS ALLAN – (Jammy as Tracy calls him) safely returned 5 rainbows using a yellow dancer on a floating line and a white shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.
- ALAN SMITH – Has had an incredible year at Burnhouse, he has caught some magnificent fish and this week he added to that with a rainbow weighing just over 10lb that took him to the other side of the water, “I won’t forget that fight!” He safely returned 8 fish using hoppers, spiders, various dries and daiwl bachs.
- THE WALKER BROTHERS SCOTT & ALAN – Had a phenomenal day with 29 fish between them! Scott safely returned 18 using a grub imitation and Alan 11 using a biscuit blob and a cheese egg.
- KAROL & MAGDA – Came with a group booking last week and couldn’t wait to return especially Magda who was still buzzing from her tiger catch! Both safely returned 2 fish using buzzers on a floating line.
- STUART MORTIMER – Weighed in 2 fish for 4.9lb and safely returned a further 4 using daiwl bachs, damsels and an orange fritz on a floating line.
- JOHN MORTIMER – Safely returned 1 using an Ally McCoist on a floating line.
- MARK SHILLINGLAW – Safely returned 3 including a 6lb rainbow caught using a viva and an orange fritz on a floating line.
- DAVID EADIE – Safely returned 5 rainbows using an orange dancer on a floating line and eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
- AARON KIRKWOOD – Stood in the most torrential rain but still had a brilliant time, he safely returned 7 rainbows caught using dancers, a humongous and pink lures on various lines.
- BILLY HOEHLE – Braved the rain and had another fantastic day, he safely returned 9 fish using an orange nomad, cormorants, and buzzers on a floating line.
- EDDIE HUNT – Was determined not to let the rain interrupt his days fishing, even as the fishery flooded, he remained till the end, on the only platform that remained above water level. He weighed in 3 fish for 7.83lb and safely returned 4 using an orange blob and an orange dancer.
- LAWRENCE MCDONALD – Safely returned 3 fish using fabs, cats whiskers and daiwl bachs.
- SCOT MITCHELL – Had a great day out, though he’s missing the coffee machine which is currently broken. He safely returned 15 using shimmies fished static under a sight indicator, an orange dancer and daiwl bachs.
- KEVIN JENKINSON – Got everything right, the depth, the flies, and the techniques! He safely returned 41 using squirmies fished static under a sight indicator and lures. What a spectacular days fishing, well done!
- DAVID FISHER – Safely returned 9 fish including the fish of the week weighing 10.5lb using damsels.
- GARY SNEDDON – Had his best day at Burnhouse yet, and with every fish he caught the more excitable he became! He safely returned 8 fishing using an orange fritz and a black zonker on a floating line.
- TAM BROGGAN – Must have been getting nervous every time Gary got a fish to the net! He also safely returned 8 fish using an orange fritz, zonkers and an orange rabbit on a floating line.
- DECLAN WINTERS – Had another good day, he safely returned 16 fish using various shimmies and eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
- JOHN MILNE & MARK VERNAL – John who is one of the country’s best casting instructors enjoyed his first visit to Burnhouse with his client Mark. Their lesson went very well, not only did Mark take to it like a natural, but he also safely returned 10 rainbows using a yellow eggstacy worm fished static under a sight indicator. Well done, Mark, we look forward to watching your progress and it was lovely to meet you John and watch you work.
- GORDON SMITH – Safely returned 2 fish using a bunny leach and eggs.
- ROBERT RANKIN – Safely returned 1 fish using a pheasant tailed nymph on a floating line.
- FLY FISHING ONLY
- NO LITTERING. ALL RUBBISH, CIGARETTE ENDS AND USED LINES MUST GO IN THE BINS PROVIDED.
- BARBLESS HOOKS ONLY, NO DOUBLE OR TREBLE HOOKS
- EVERY TICKET ENTITLES ANGLERS TO FISH ONLY 1 ROD AT A TIME
- NO SET LINES
- NO BOOBIES, DOUBLE HOOK SNAKES OR SPIN FLIES
- A MAXIMUM OF 3 FLIES TO BE FISHED AT 1 TIME
- NO LURES FISHED STATIC UNDER A SIGHT INDICATOR
- NO SPLIT SHOTS OR WEIGHTS
- GROUND BAITING, THE USE OF BAITS AND SCENTED DIPS ARE STRICTLY FORBIDDEN
- ALL FISH OVER 8LB, TIGERS AND BROWNS MUST GO BACK, UNLESS IN POOR CONDITION. THE DECISION TO KILL THESE FISH MUST ONLY BE MADE BY THE BAILLIFF
- BAG LIMITS ARE ACHIEVED FROM THE FIRST FISH CAUGHT, NO SELECTIVE KILLING. FISH MUST BE KILLED IMMEDIATELY AND SHOULD NEVER BE KEPT ALIVE IN KEEP NETS UNTIL THE END OF THE SESSION.
- ALL RETURNS MUST BE RECORDED WITH THE BAILLIFF BEFORE DEPATURE, EVEN IF IT’S A BLANK.
- ANGLERS MUST NOT AID OTHERS TO ACHIEVE THEIR BAG LIMITS
- CATCH AND RELEASE ANGLERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO KILL FISH, KILL TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED BEFORE FISHING.
- WHEN FISHING CATCH AND RELEASE THE FISH MUST BE KEPT IN THE WATER AT ALL TIMES.
- IF ANGLERS FIND THEMSELVES ON A HOT SPOT, PLEASE MOVE ON AFTER 5 FISH
- THE BAILLIFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PERFORM BAG CHECKS
ANYONE FOUND TO BE IN BREACH OF THESE RULES WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE, NO REFUND WILL BE ISSUED AND NO RETURN VISITS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
SAFE CATCH AND RELEASE PROCEDURE
- Only use single, barbless hooks. Strictly no multiple hook snakes, double or treble hooks. Not just for catch and release but for kill tickets too.
- Due to the size and strength of our fish we ask that ALL anglers use a minimum of 8lb line, this is to reduce the number of fish being lost and over played.
- Bring the fish to the net as quickly as possible. Over playing a fish causes stress and exhaustion and decreases the chance of survival.
- Unhook the fish as quickly as possible, keep the fish in the water. Never bring the fish onto the banking or podiums as this removes the protective slime, increasing the chances of infections and diseases.
- If you have to handle the fish do so with wet hands, never with gloves on, this avoids removing the protective slime.
- If the hook is too deep to be removed, cut the line as close to the hook as possible.
- Avoid squeezing the fish as this can cause damage to internal organs.
- Take time to recover the fish, be patient as this can take some time especially in warmer weather. Support it gently until the fish is strong enough to swim away from you.
If you are struggling to recover a fish please call the bailiff for assistance, the decision to kill any fish whilst on catch and release must only be made by the bailiff.
Thank you to all of the anglers this week, we look forward to seeing you again!
TIGHT LINES FOR THE WEEK AHEAD!