Friday 07/01/2022 – Friday 14/01/2022
We are still experiencing very mild weather for this time of the year, for the majority of the week the fish have continued to sit higher in the water. We have seen all sorts of weather this week, from bitterly cold strong winds and heavy rain to beautiful flat calms and sunshine that would almost make you believe it was late spring! This produced returns that were varied throughout the week, and the successful methods changed from day to day.
We were delighted to welcome so many new anglers to the water this week and watch as they enjoyed their day, leaving full of praises and an eagerness to return!
This week was the first round of the winter Quaich competition between Newhouse, High Cleughearn, Bangour and Burnhouse. A competition that Steven McGowan from Newhouse Fishery has been organising for a number of years. We were excited to be asked to join in on this little bit of winter fun! You can see how our team got on after the catch report!
FISH OF THE WEEK – This weeks top spot goes to BRIAN SKINNER with a rainbow weighing 11.3lb! Well done, Brian!
FLIES OF THE WEEK – This weeks top 3 flies were BUZZERS , APPS and SHIMMIES.
Other successful flies were SUSPENDED BUZZERS, HARES EARS, TADPOLES, CAT BUGS, NOMADS,EGGSTACY WORMS, PTN, EGGS, SHAMMIES, SHIMMY EGGS, ALLY MCCOIST, ACE OF SPADES, SPIDERS, MOP FLIES, SQUIRMIES, STALKING BUGS, BLOBS, PINK NYMPHS, BLACK RABBITS, PINK SNAKES, DOGS BOLLOCKS, MIDGET GEMS, MINKIES, FABS, FOAM BEETLE, CHEWING GUM WORMS, CORMORANTS and BLACK DANCERS.
- FRED PADDON – Safely returned 3 rainbows caught using a black rabbit, olive apps and a pink snake all on an intermediate line.
- JOHNNY PORTEOUS – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a pink snake on an intermediate line.
- SCOTT LAIRD – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 4.2lb and safely returned 1 rainbow using black buzzers on a floating line.
- COLIN ANDERSON – Safely returned 4 rainbows including 1 weighing 10.5lb using an Ally McCoist on a floating line and eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
- CHRIS OLD – Safely returned 5 rainbows using a dogs bollocks fished static under a sight indicator.
- IAN DON – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a brown squirmy on a floating line.
- JAMIE STRACHAN – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a red apps on a floating line.
- BRUCE DYSART – Safely returned 6 rainbows using stalking bugs and eggs fished static under a sight indicator.
- WULLY CARR – Safely returned 4 rainbows caught using buzzers and apps on a sink tip line.
- GORDON SMITH – Safely returned 1 rainbow using an Ally McCoist on a floating line.
- LEWIS MORTON – Safely returned 1 rainbow using an olive apps on a floating line.
- MARK HALL – Safely returned 5 rainbows caught using pheasant tailed nymphs on a floating line and a black egg fished static under a sight indicator.
- RYAN GEMMELL – Safely returned 1 rainbow using an orange shammy fished static under a sight indicator.
- NICKY CAPPAVANI – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a yellow shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.
- ANDY FLANNIGAN – Safely returned 4 rainbows caught using a white shimmy egg and an Ally McCoist on a floating line.
- MICHAEL MCGROTTY – Popped up with his son for a couple of hours fishing and “the wee man was so happy with his first visit” they went home with a rainbow weighing 2.2lb using a red spider on a floating line.
- JIM ANDERSON – This is the first week for a long time that Jim didn’t catch a double figure fish! He safely returned 4 rainbows using a pink nymph and the viva blob that he caught the 18lb fishery record rainbow with, both on a floating line.
- DECLAN WINTERS – Safely returned 2 rainbows using a pink shimmy fished static under a sight indicator.
- MICHAEL WINTERS – Beat his boy, he safely returned 3 rainbows using a yellow apps on a floating line.
- ADAM JUKES – Safely returned 3 rainbows using cat bugs and nomads on a floating line.
- HARRY MULVEY – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using an eggstacy worm fished static under a sight indicator.
- CHRIS OLD – Back again for his second visit of the week! This time he safely returned 4 rainbows caught using an olive apps and a mop fly fished static under a sight indicator.
- ALLAN FULLERTON – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a red apps fished static under a sight indicator.
- RUSSELL BRENNAN – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 3.15lb and safely returned 1 using a red & amber apps on a floating line with a sinking poly leader.
- ALAN HENDERSON – Weighed in 3 rainbows for 7.5lb and safely returned 3 using a midget gem and a minky on a floating line.
- EDDIE HUNT – Safely returned 1 rainbow using an orange blob on a floating line.
- SCOTT WALKER – Safely returned 3 rainbows using buzzers on a floating line.
- JAMIE STRACHAN – The day started off badly when Jamie realised, he had forgot to bring his reel with him, but after borrowing a reel he went on to safely return 2 rainbows including the biggest fish he has caught for a very long time a rainbow weighing 10.1lb a tequila fab and an orange blob on a floating line.
- DONALD FORBES – The buzzer king safely returned 10 fish using buzzers and a foam beetle on a floating line.
- HUGH RANKIN – Is turning into a big fish magnet! This week he safely returned 1 rainbow weighing 8.7lb using a yellow chewing gum worm fished static under a sight indicator.
- CAMBELL BAILLY – There were no winners or losers in the weekly Hugh and Cambell comp, Cambell also safely returned 1 rainbow using a cormorant on a floating line.
- GORDON MCVICAR – Safely returned 2 rainbows using a black dancer and buzzers on a floating line.
- ALEC CAMPBELL – Weighed in 2 rainbows for 5.17lb and safely returned 2 using a green and a red chewing gum worm fished static under a sight indicator.
- GARY MCGUINELY – Safely returned 12 fish using buzzers, apps and cat bugs on a floating line.
- BRIAN SKINNER – Safely returned 5 rainbows including the fish of the week weighing 11.3lb using fabs on a floating line and a squirmy fished static under a sight indicator.
- ROBERT PATON – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using buzzers on a floating line.
- TONY STEEN – Safely returned 6 fish using shimmies fished static under a sight indicator.
- DEREK GRAHAM – Safely returned 2 rainbows caught using a yellow shimmy fished static under a sight indicator and a hares ear on a floating line.
- STEPHEN MURPHY – Safely returned 1 rainbow using a yellow egg fished static under a sight indicator.
- KAROL & MAGDA WERSZANSKI – Both returned 2 fish each using suspended buzzers on a floating line, “that was great fun, we missed loads too!”
- ROBIN LAMBERT – Weighed in 1 rainbow for 2.5lb using a buzzer on a floating line.
- JOHN LAMBERT – Weighed in 2 fish for 4.6lb using a tadpole and buzzers on a floating line.
- CAITLYN ALLAN – Weighed in 1 fish for 3lb caught using a red apps fished static under a sight indicator.
- KEVIN CRAIG – Safely returned 1 rainbow using buzzers on a floating line.
DEREK HUGHES, BILLY CLARK & GRAHAM STEWART
First time visitors to Burnhouse left with big smiles on their faces after experiencing a brilliant days fishing that seen them return 52 fish between them!
- DEREK – Safely returned 24 fish including a 9lb rainbow using buzzers, eggs and shimmies fished static under a sight indicator.
- BILLY CLARK – Safely returned 21 fish including a 7lb rainbow using eggs, shimmies and buzzers fished static under a sight indicator.
- GRAHAM STEWART – Safely returned 7 fish using shimmies and buzzers fished static under a sight indicator.
THE LADS FROM AYRSHIRE
They had been following Burnhouse on Facebook for quite some time and decided it was finally time they paid a visit, and despite one of them losing their phone in the water “The journey was well worth it!” Between them they landed 69 fish!
- BOBBY ADAM – Safely returned 17 fish using yellow shimmies, pink stalking bugs and yellow mop flies fished static under a sight indicator.
- JOHN JAMIESON – Safely returned 17 fish using a cat bug, squirmies and a pink stalking bug fished static under a sight indicator.
- JIM WHITE – Safely returned 8 fish using an ace of spades, cat bugs and a pink stalking bug on a floating line.
- GARY MACAVOY – Safely returned 18 fish using a pink stalking bug and a pink squirmy fished static under a sight indicator.
- KYLE MACMILLAN – Safely returned 9 fish using pink eggs and squirmies fished static under a sight indicator.
THE WINTER QUAICH FISHERY COMPETITION
A massive well done to all of the participants from the 4 fisheries that took part in the 1st round of the quaich which took place at High Cleughearn fishery! The conditions were horrific with strong winds and relentless freezing cold rain! The fishery is very exposed, so the anglers had no shelter in such hard conditions, but they were determined to bring home a good result for their fisheries and battled on right till the end, making the managers very proud! Despite the weather it was a brilliant day, the hospitality exceptional and not only did the anglers all bring their A games with them but also their sense of humour! The day was full of fun and laughter!
A total of 132 fish were caught with a rod average of 6.6, incredible given the challenging conditions and a brilliant start to the competition.
1st – HIGH CLEUGHEARN – The home team stormed to victory with 41 fish.
2nd – BURNHOUSE LOCHAN – 35 fish
3rd – NEWHOUSE FISHERY – 29 fish
4th – BANGOUR FISHERY – 27 fish.
THE BURNHOUSE TEAM
Lead by team captain DONALD FORBES, our team consisted of ALAN SMITH, AARON KIRKWOOD, SCOT MITCHELL and JONNO MCDONALD. Guys you did magnificently well, and I could not be prouder! Only 6 fish behind the home team is brilliant going, a good strong start! Thank you for battling through the horrific weather for our team!
- AARON – 9 fish
- SCOT – 9 fish
- DONALD – 8 fish
- ALAN – 6 fish
- JONNO – 3 fish
The next round is at Newhouse fishery on January 30th, lets show those Newhouse guys how it’s done lol! TEAM BURNHOUSE!
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR ANGLERS THIS WEEK, WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN SOON! TIGHT LINES FOR THE WEEK AHEAD!
- FLY FISHING ONLY
- ALL ANGLERS MUST USE THE FISHERY NETS ONLY
- NO LITTERING. ALL RUBBISH, CIGARETTE ENDS AND USED LINES MUST GO IN THE BINS PROVIDED.
- BARBLESS HOOKS ONLY, NO DOUBLE OR TREBLE HOOKS, THIS RULE ALSO APPLIES TO ANGLERS ON KILL TICKETS.
- EVERY TICKET ENTITLES ANGLERS TO FISH ONLY 1 ROD AT A TIME.
- 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 6LB, TIGERS AND BROWNS MUST GO BACK, UNLESS IN POOR CONDITION. THE DECISION TO KILL THESE FISH MUST ONLY BE MADE BY THE BAILIFF.
- 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 BAILIFF 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, NEVER ON THE PODIUMS OR BANKING AND STRICTLY NO HANDLING
- IF ANGLERS FIND THEMSELVES ON A HOT SPOT, PLEASE MOVE ON ATLEAST 2 PODIUMS AFTER 5 FISH, WITH NO RETURN TO THAT PODIUM WITHIN 2 HOURS.
- ANGLERS MUST NOT STAY ON THE ONE PODIUM FOR MORE THAN 2 HOURS, UNLESS THEY REQUIRE TO DO SO DUE TO MOBILITY.
- ANGLERS MUST RESPECT OTHERS AROUND THEM; NO INSULTING OR ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR WILL BE TOLERATED.
- IF FISHING THE BRIDGE, THE FISH MUST BE LANDED ON THE BANKING TO THE SIDE.
- IF ANGLERS ARE FISHING THE BANKING TO THE SIDE OF THE BRIDGE, THEY MUST NOT CAST ACROSS BOTH BRIDGE PODIUMS.
- NO PODIUM HOLDING, IF ANGLERS ARE LEAVING THEIR PODIUMS OTHER THAN FOR TOILET BREAKS, THEY MUST TAKE THEIR BELONGINGS WITH THEM.
- ANGLERS WILL NOT PASS JUDGEMENT ON OTHER ANGLERS METHODS OF FISHING, UNLESS THEY ARE BREAKING THE RULES.
- THE BAILIFF 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.
COVID-19 precautions – please read
- We are operating a strict booking in only policy. This allows us to limit the number of anglers arriving, using our facilities, and fishing our water. Please phone 07949220511 or 07889603160 to book your space.
- If you feel unwell or show any symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot do a lateral flow test please cancel your booking, do not take any chances.
- We will be issuing tickets from the door of the lodge.
- Refreshments are still available; gloves and masks will be worn by staff and strict hygiene standards implemented during the handling.
- ALL anglers MUST use the hand sanitising station before approaching the door, this is located on the wall to the right of the door. The station will be cleaned after every use. Disposable gloves are also available for anyone who wishes that extra bit of protection.
- Card is the preferred payment option; however cash will still be accepted, we ask that our anglers bring the exact money to avoid change being given. All ticket prices can be found on our website or upon request on telephone enquiries.
- Masks must be worn in the cabin and no more than 2 anglers in at one time.
- Toilets will be cleaned on a regular basis, though we ask that anglers use the antibacterial wipes and toilet brushes available to clean up after their own use. There is hand sanitiser and hand wash in both toilets.
- Please adhere to all social distancing guidelines in place.
We would hate for anything to be traced back to our beloved sport, so let us work together to keep it as safe as possible for all participants.