ALL over the country athletes and sports men and women are preparing for what they hope will be a medal winning performance in the Olympics in a couple of months time. Meanwhile at Lochter Fishery, Oldmeldrum anglers deserve a medal for effort and endeavour in the face of a week of really foul weather.
“Wet and Windy” were some of the more polite entries in the weather conditions column of the Lochter catch record but in spite of the conditions fishers did turn out and were rewarded for their efforts. Visiting angler Ken Kennedy down from Orkney ,where they get more than their fair share of wild weather, was suitably at home in the conditions and caught and released 14 on a mix of olive Buzzers and Damsels.
By the middle of the week the incessant rain had made the lochs cloudy but experienced anglers quickly found that there were pockets of clear water where the fish had gathered and these were the areas to concentrate on. Phil Sellar and Sandy Nelson fishing their Summer League identified a couple such areas and netted 19 between them using Blobs and mini Nomads.
Temperatures dropped further mid week but the fish kept coming to the right flies. I Jack had ten on black and green lures, N Smith 14 on a mix of lures, Buzzers and Blobs, while top scorer for the week was D Simpson who had an amazing 24 of which he kept a couple, again using a selection of flies including Cats, Nymphs and Blobs.
This is the last week for entrants to join the Summer League and stand a chance of winning the £1000 first prize. Contact Stuart at the fishery without delay. Finally the fishery will be operating Summer opening hours (8am to Dusk) with immediate effect and there is therefore a vacancy for a Seasonal Fishery Assistant. This is a part time post with nice flexible hours and is ideal for an active angler who wants to get out of the house a bit more. Apply to the fishery on (01651) 872787 or 872000 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org