New Bute angling season gets off to a flying start

Isle of Bute Angling Association members pictured with the visiting Rainbow Warriors following their annual challenge match on Loch Fad.
Isle of Bute Angling Association members pictured with the visiting Rainbow Warriors following their annual challenge match on Loch Fad.

Bute’s new rainbow and brown trout angling season is under way - and it looks like being a successful 2016 for locals and visitors alike.

The first angling action of the year on Loch Fad was a challenge match between the Isle of Bute Angling Association and the visiting Rainbow Warriors club - and the visitors ended the day well on top, catching 122 rainbow trout with a total weight of 264lbs against the short-handed locals’ 45 fish for 92lbs.

The most popular lines on the day were intermediates with Dancers, Viva Fritz, Green Pea, Zonkers and Orange blobs.

Martin and Dennis Wheeler also had a great week on boobies, fishing from the casting platforms, catching over-wintered rainbows weighing up to and above 4lbs, while local anglers Mike Spear, Martin Deighan and Jim Gordon had a good day catching rainbows from the boat and bank.

The IBM lads caught 14 rainbows, with the best weighing in at 6lb 12oz on a Humungas from the boathouse reeds, while Sammy and John Campbell also bagged up on bait and a bit of mepps spinning from first fence side.

Loch Quien has also had a great start to the season, with nearly all visitors catching fish. Martin Wheeler got a cracker at 5lb on a Black Spider from the Scalpsie shore, while John McInairnie and James Malcolm caught fish up to 2.8lb as well as Alister Spiers with one at 2lb plus.

Loch Quien is catch and release only and has the potential to give some lucky fisherman a double this season!

Prior to the start of the new trout fishing season, a good few quality pike were caught at Loch Fad during the winter, angling from both boats and the bank. The best was caught by William Smith from the boathouse bay, who landed a cracking double as well as a few others on mackerel and herring dead baits.

Keep up with all the latest Bute angling news here and at www.lochfad.co.uk

* Meanwhile, the Isle of Bute Angling Association’s competition season begins with the Chrystie Trophy, to be fished on Loch Quien over two days on Sunday, April 17 and Sunday, May 8.

Other IBAA fly-fishing competitions include the Calder Cup on Loch Fad on June 12 and the Smith Trophy at Loch Quien on September 4, along with four coarse competitions for members only on Loch Ascog.