SUCCESSFUL anglers this week at Lochter Fishery, Oldmeldrum could very well have been fans of Status Quo because they had, in the words of the Quo hit, to go down, down, deeper and down to find the fish certainly in first half of the week.
By Saturday things had got a lot milder and the fish did move up in the water with some surface activity noted.
Top scorer of the week was Chris Fraser who had a great day using sunk line tactics with Blobs and a white Fritz to catch and release 15 fish from two to four lbs with one beauty at 7lbs plus. Also getting into double figures was Carl Atkinson who used that most effective lure the black WSW to bring 11 to the net. Another black pattern that has been doing well is the black Fritz and Ian MCafferty used it to attract nine while Charlie Spence was also successful with it netting eight including two in the 6lb range.
Fritz Nomads were the choice of R Weir and they worked well attracting eight good fish while Mike Sutherland used lures before switching to Buzzers when things warmed up towards the middle of the day. This combination kept the fish interested and nine were netted by Mike.
On Saturday the temperatures really soared and this gave anglers the opportunity to try Nymphs and Buzzers. Albert Trail had nine on PTN’s, R Baxter from Montrose eight on Buzzers and Alan Logan five on Nymphs.
The BBC Landward forecast is for clear conditions with some frost for the first half of the week with milder,wetter weather coming in on Thursday. Anglers will have to vary their tactics to take account of the changes but there are plenty of hungry fish out there waiting to be tempted by the correct offering.