Good mid-winter sport at Lochter Fishery

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THE continuing colder weather has finally settled the fish to their normal depth and feeding habits associated with the time of year. As a result good sport has been had by those who have adapted to the conditions at Lochter Fishery, Oldmeldrum.

Kris Wright had 22 fish for his day using Bloodworm, Sandy Reid had 15 using a Bloodworm / Cormorant combination and Euan Beattie had nine on a Bloodworm.

Buzzers also did well and using this method both Ernie MacKay senior and junior had 11 fish each, so no family squabbles there. Paul Sharp had nine, Raymond Menzies eight and Steven Moir seven also on Buzzers.

Popular lures used during the week were the black Little Devil, A Reid had eight using it, the blue Fritz, Graeme Ellington had five on it and S Coutts had six on a mini Cats.

On Saturday Jamie McHardy fishing with Charlie Hendry landed a fine 11lb 2oz specimen for which a Troutmaster badge will be winging its way to him.

Jamie (rather tongue and cheek) wanted it mentioned that he would like to thank Charlie for ‘continuing to ghillie’ for him as he helped him to land the fish safely. He would also have been alluding to last year where he hooked a 21lb fish which led him a merry dance up and down the Muckle Troot both with Charlie following with encouragement and a net. It is a safe bet to say that Charlie will be trying to turn the tables on their next outing.

A reminder that the Robbie Burns Pairs Competition takes place this Sunday, January 29, with a 9.30am start. It is certainly not too late to enter so if you fancy good food and company give us a phone on (01651) 872787 and enter your name.

Also this year Lochter has been picked as a heat venue for the Airflo World Bank Masters Open Championship. Our heat is on Sunday, March 23, March and the final is at Elmor Fishery on Sunday, May 20. Ian Barr is organising this prestigious competition with magazine and Sky Sports coverage. You can pick up an entry form at Lochter or enter via the web a www.iain barrflyfishing.co.uk.