Linlithgow angling

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Beecraigs: Anglers had to contend with some quite atrocious weather during October on Beecraigs Loch.

Constant cold winds and rain made the loch rise and it was coloured with water coming in from the two feeder burns. This made fishing quite challenging at times.

In spite of the conditions, excellent catches have been recorded with Nomad, Blob, Dancer, Humungus and the Booby on fast glass and slow sinking lines doing well.

Fish are still feeding on fry along the dam wall, around the jetty and the weed-beds as well as on late Daddies.

Airdrie father and son Billy and Graham Lennon had an excellent day’ in mid-October and came in with eight for 18lb 13oz on the Ally McCoist and returned seven others.

Local anglers Billy Dennison and Alistair Smith weighed in eight for 18lb 10oz on the Booby. David Naysmith from Falkirk had a nice 4lb rainbow on the Daddy.

Broxburn angler George Muir had a 4lb 2oz rainbow on the Dancer which proved to be the best fish of the month.

Davie Duncan from Grangemouth took best basket for October with four for 10lb 12oz, all on the Rat’s Booby.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (eight boats) had 37 for 84lb 12oz, top rod on the day was Davie Murdoch with four for 10lb 9oz.

November is now well upon us and the loch is fishing very well indeed.

Bowden Springs: Both lochs are still fishing well despite the onset of colder weather. On the fly loch anglers had successes with blobs, yellow dancers, cat’s whiskers, black ptn, nymph damsels and black and green fritz.

The water was clear and the fish more lively in the colder water.

Mr Bertram hooked and safely returned a fine brown trout in the 8-9lb class. Many anglers are favouring catch and release at the moment.

Bait anglers also fared well with Powerbait alone or Powerbait and maggot being the favoured method. Mr Zibbin was delighted with his four fish for 9lb 10oz taken on Powerbait and maggot.