Friday 12/11/2021 – Friday 19/11/2021
Despite the variable temperatures and at times very difficult conditions, Burnhouse was on fire this week! Only 6 blanks were recorded, a total of 420 fish were caught over 5 days with a rod average of 5.83, 18 doubles were landed and 10 P.Bs smashed! It was a week to remember!
The large stocking of double figure fish worked wonders, surprisingly though, out of the 18 doubles caught this week only 6 were fresh stockies, the resident bigs came out to play in full force!
This week we also held the final for the 2021 Caffrey cup, in support of MacMillan Cancer Support. What a day! The weather did not favour the anglers at all, bright sunshine, no cloud cover all day and not even a little breeze! But they brought their A games with them, they knew exactly what to do in these conditions! The competition was tight right from the start, the fish just kept getting bigger and bigger and so were the anglers smiles! At half time, the finalists took the time to relax and rest their arms. As they sat there in the sunshine, without their coats, enjoying the BBQ food and chatting amongst themselves, it was hard to believe that this was November and not still the summertime! After lunch, the fishing slowed a little, either the fish switched off or the anglers were too full to concentrate! However, when the sun began to lose its power, and the temperature began to drop the fish came out to play again! The last 2 pegs decided the competition and there were some spectacular come backs! No blanks were recorded and a total of 197 fish were caught, with a rod average of 8.95! 12 double figure fish were landed and 4 P.Bs beaten! Once again the competition was so tight that the time of first fish decided the final results! You can read the results after the catch report.
FISH OF THE WEEK – This weeks top spot goes to ALLAN MELVILLE with a 15.8LB rainbow. Well done, Allan, you are this weeks 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 EGGS, YELLOW DANCERS and SQUIRMY WORMS.
Other successful flies were buzzers, cormorants, orange dancer, damsels, dogs bollocks (honestly the name of some of these flies these days!) , black & green lures, Kate McLaren, grub imitations, diawl bachs, fabs, white lures, PTN, cats whiskers, Pittsford pea, okay dokey, mermaids, black pennell, daddies, hoppers, pink rabbits, apps, cinnamon & gold, F*ck ups, snakes, Rob Roy, bibios, bunny leech, mop flies, shimmies, shammies, blobs, crunchers, nomads, CDCs, Ally McCoist, minky and various dries.
- BILLY HOEHLE – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a cormorant, orange cruncher and an orange nomad on a floating line. “The amount of pulls and nips I was getting was ridiculous, but I just couldn’t connect with them”.
- STUART MCINTOSH – Safely returned 4 rainbows using diawl bachs on a floating line.
- JAMIE PICKEN – Safely returned 10 rainbows including 1 weighing 6lb using a black mamba, biscuit fab and CDCs on a floating line.
- DEREK GRAHAM – Was due a good day after a few weeks of a 1 fish return. He safely returned 7 rainbows using a yellow and an orange shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.
- TONY STEEN – Had both a brilliant and a frustrating day, the fish were nipping & teasing. He safely returned 5 rainbows using a yellow shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.
- GREG HOWE – Safely returned 7 rainbows using squirmies fished static under a sight indicator but was left “absolutely gutted!” after losing “the biggest fish he’s ever seen!”
- GEOFF APLLETON – Safely returned 6 rainbows using diawl bachs and a yellow dancer on a floating line.
- COLIN MARSHALL – Safely returned 4 rainbows caught using pink and green eggs and squirmies fished static under a sight indicator.
- RYAN GIBSON – Safely returned 7 rainbows using squirmies fished static under a sight indicator.
- JIM ANDERSON – Had a brilliant day, he safely returned 6 rainbows and a stunning 4.5lb brown using daddies, black pennell and hoppers on a floating line.
- JIM MCINTYRE – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a cormorant on a floating line.
- PAUL PRICE – Managed to stay dry this week! He safely returned 4 rainbows using eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
- ERIC CALDWELL – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 3lb caught using a black & green lure on a floating line.
- TRACEY ALLAN – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a yellow dancer and a cutthroat cat on a floating line.
- CHRIS ALLAN – Safely returned 3 rainbows including 1 weighing 6.5lb using a yellow dancer on a floating line and a pink squirmy fished static under a sight indicator.
- ARCHIE CROCKET – Safely returned 3 rainbows including 1 weighing 15lb caught using a yellow dancer and a black & green lure on a floating line.
- ALASTAIR CROCKET – Safely returned an 8lb rainbow caught using an orange lure on a floating line.
- ALAN MEEK – Safely returned 5 rainbows using buzzers and diawl bachs on a floating line.
- MARK HALL – What a day for Mark! Not only did he beat his p.b with an 11.2lb rainbow BUT a few casts later he beat his new p.b with a 12.6lb rainbow! He also safely returned a further 13 rainbows using an Ally McCoist, cormorant and a black & blue damsel on a floating line. That’s a day he will never forget!
- BOAB PERRET – Safely returned 4 rainbows using a pink fab on a floating line.
- STUART MALCOLM – Safely returned 4 rainbows including a beauty weighing 7.66lb using white lures on a floating line.
- STUART MALCOLM – Safely returned 6 rainbows caught using a pheasant tailed nymph on a floating line.
- LAWRENCE MCDONALD –Safely returned 8 rainbows using fabs, cats whiskers and a Pittsford pea on a floating line.
- HUGH RANKIN – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a yellow dancer on a floating line.
- BRUCE DYSART – Lost a double figure rainbow right at the net, we could feel his pain as we watched the fly ping past his ear! NEXT TIME BRUCE! He did however manage to have a great day and safely returned 7 rainbows using a damsel and diawl bachs on a floating line and an okay dokey fished static under a sight indicator.
- DOM HIGGINS – Weighed in 4 fish for 10lb using his favourite, a yellow dancer on a floating line.
- GRANT TENNANT – The fish were at the tease with Grant, nipping and pulling but not properly committing. He finally managed 1 rainbow to the bag and a nice one too weighing 4.3lb using one of our Alans fly designs, a white mermaid on a floating line.
- JOCK MCDOUGALL – Just 1 podium down from Bruce and only an hour after Bruce lost his double, Jock also lost a double figure rainbow right at the net, this time a much larger double. We cant repeat what he said on here, but you can imagine how gutted he was! He safely returned 3 rainbows using a blue flash damsel on a floating line.
- GORDON MCVICAR – Safely returned 2 rainbows using an orange dancer on a floating line.
- STEVEN MCVICAR – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a buzzer on a floating line.
- STEVEN NELSON – Safely returned 7 rainbows including 1 weighing 9.8lb using a hot head damsel and an orange dancer on a floating line.
- ROBERT GRANGER – Safely returned 4 rainbows using a mojito squirmy fished static under a sight indicator.
- MARTYN SHEARER – Safely returned 4 rainbows using a dogs bollocks fished static under a sight indicator, a black & green lure, and a Kate McLaren on a floating line.
- THE WALKER BROTHERS – I am considering charging these guys rent lol Alan safely returned 2 rainbows using a white squirmy fished static under a sight indicator and Scott safely returned 4 using his grub imitations.
- BRIAN SKINNER – Safely returned 3 rainbows using a white egg fished static under a sight indicator and an orange dancer on a floating line.
- ROBERT PATON – Safely returned 3 rainbows using buzzers on a floating line and a white egg fished static under a sight indicator.
- GARY MCGINLEY – Hooked into one of our double figure rainbows, but it lived up to the heart-breaking reputation our bigger fish are known for, only this time it snapped his rod too. Despite this he still enjoyed his first visit to Burnhouse, he safely returned 4 rainbows using damsels on a floating line and damsels fished static under a sight indicator.
- CHRIS OLD – Safely returned 5 rainbows using a damsel on a floating line and a shimmy egg fished static under a sight indicator.
- DONALD FORBES – Had a brilliant couple of hours on the water, he safely returned 10 rainbows including 1 weighing 8lb, straight lining buzzers.
- BOAB MC – It was fish on, fish off for quite a few hours for Boab but he finally managed to get 2 to the net using diawl bachs on a floating line.
- ALAN HENDERSON – Had a brilliant day, he weighed in 3 fish for 6.54lb and safely returned 3 using an Ally McCoist, diawl bach, minky, buzzers and a size 16 midge all on a floating line.
- ROBIN LAMBERT – Had an exceptional day, he weighed in 3 fish for 7.23lb and safely returned a further 6 including 2 double figure rainbows weighing 10.2lb and 11.5lb using mainly cormorants on a floating line.
- PAT GRANT – Weighed in 3 fish for 6.63lb and safely returned a further 5 using size 16 dries, a yellow dancer, and buzzers on a floating line.
- TRACY ALLAN – Safely returned 1 using a cats whisker on a floating line.
- CAITLIN ALLAN – Caught her first Burnhouse fish and could not believe the difference in fight from other fish she’s caught on the fly. She safely returned 1 rainbow using an okay dokey on a floating line.
- MARK SHILLINGLAW – Had a “brilliant day!” He safely returned 12 rainbows caught using blobs, suspended buzzers, and buzzers on a floating line.
- GEORGE BROWNLEE – Well you always know when George is on the water but this time it wasn’t his big belly aching laugh that we could clearly hear, it was his cries for help. On his back cast he caught the gorse bush, and while trying to free his fly he lost his footing on the steep embankment, falling headfirst into the gorse bush! His head just inches from the water, he was stuck! Alan could hear his cries for help but had no idea where it was coming from as George was completely out of sight! When walking round, all that could be seen was 2 wee feet sticking out of the gorse bush! A hilarious sight, that after we helped him out, we all had a really good laugh about it! He safely returned 2 rainbows using pink and green squirmies fished static under a sight indicator. After an epic battle, the gorse bush safely released George, with a few minor cuts!
- JOHNNY PORTEOUS – Safely returned 1 rainbow using buzzers on a floating line. Thank you for all of your help with the preparation for the charity competition, I know you didn’t want the praise, but we really appreciated everything! Also a massive thank you for your assistance in the safe return of George!
- COLIN ANDERSON – He was “getting offers all the time”, again the fish were at the tease! He finally managed 1 to the net using buzzers on a floating line.
- STUART MORTIMER – He had many, many offers, which might be very frustrating to some, but Stuart appreciates the great day out and the adrenaline rush those offers provide! He left a happy man weighing in 2 beautiful rainbows for 8lb using a green Montana nymph and an orange lure on a floating line.
THE 2021 CAFFREY CUP FINAL
1st FISH CAUGHT – ALAN SMITH in the first minute!
BIGGEST FISH – ALLAN MELVILLE with a 15.8lb rainbow caught using a cinnamon & gold!
1st – KYLE BURNS – 17 fish including a 5.5lb brown and an 8.5lb rainbow, using eggs and a shimmy worm.
2nd – JOHN DONALDSON – 15 fish including a 10lb rainbow, using lures, shimmies, and cormorants.
3rd – BOAB MC – 13 fish using diawl bachs and an orange bunny leach.
4th – DAVID EADIE – 13 fish including his new P.B weighing 13lb, using shammies and an orange lure.
5th – ALLAN MELVILLE – 13 fish including a 15.8lb rainbow, using a cinnamon & gold, Rob Roy and a bibio.
6th – ROBERT PATON – 13 fish, using fabs and buzzers.
7th – DECLAN WINTERS – 12 fish including a 13lb rainbow, 10.5lb rainbow, 7lb tiger and a 4lb blue, using shimmies.
8th – ALAN SMITH – 11 fish including a 15lb rainbow and 2 rainbows weighing 8lb, using hoppers, bibio and diawl bachs.
9th – KEVIN JENKINSON – 10 fish including 2 rainbows weighing 9lb, using a black apps.
10th – GRAEMME KEIIR – 9 fish including 1 weighing 8.5lb, using eggs.
11th – MARTYN SHEARER – 9 fish, using a mop fly and a pink rabbit.
12th – ROSS COCHRANE – 8 fish including a 10.5lb rainbow, using eggs.
13th – CHRIS MELVILLE – 8 fish, using squirmies, blobs and bibios.
14th – JOHNNY PORTEOUS – 7 fish, using apps, squirmies, shimmies and eggs.
15th – JONNO MCDONALD – 6 fish including a rainbow weighing 7.5lb, using eggs, apps and an orange dancer.
16th – LAWRENCE MCDONALD – 6 fish including rainbows weighing 7.5lb, 10.5lb and 11lb, using a Pittsford pea and cats whiskers.
17th – DAVID MCROBERT – 6 fish including a rainbow weighing 13.8lb, using dancers.
18th – MICHAEL MCKENNA – 5 fish including his new P.B weighing 6.5lb, using eggs & diawl bachs.
19th – MARK GRAY – 5 fish including his new P.B rainbow weighing 14.10lb, using a cinnamon & gold and a f*ck up.
20th – KIERAN LATTO – 5 fish including his new P.B weighing 13.5lb, using snakes and apps.
21st – GEORGE BROWNLEE – 3 fish, using eggs and shammies.
22nd and winner of the awesome wooden spoon trophy – JOCK MCDOUGALL – 3 fish, using damsels.
A massive well done and thank you to all of the participants in the Caffrey Cup, I think you will all agree it has been a fantastic competition, full of fun, amazing sport, great food and lost of banter. “If Carlberg made fishing competitions this would have been it!”
Its not over yet though, the support was so phenomenal that we still have so much work left to be done, we have extended the fundraiser till the end of November and will announce the total raised on December the 1st!
- 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!