t was a beautiful day at Linlithgow Loch, well you could not have asked for anything better if you were watching the jousting at the castle or if you were whizzing about in a wee sailboat – but for fishing it was a bit on the very bright side. The water temperature was 18 and the air went from 19 up to 22oC the wind was light from the west – it did back a bit but not much.
On Saturday the 6th I had been fishing on the Lake with a chap who had been fishing at Linlithgow on Friday the 5th – so naturally I had been quizzing him about things – he advised close in to the bank under the castle, using Diawl bachs and buzzers. Somehow I forgot to pass this information on to the other members fishing – but later I found out that they did not require this information as they had very quickly worked it out for themselves. Eric Singer and I set out but the bank under the castle was filled by a string of boats with only enough room to get out half a line between each boat – so we headed for the main basin and put the anchor down. Eric and I had a very pleasant day catching the sun and chatting about this and that and sharing Eric’s supply of treats. Eric eventually had a swirl at his flies as he was lifting off and I may have had the softest of knocks – and that was it for us.
Jimmy McBride and Derek Kilgour was our top boat with ten fish – Jimmy had six, five from the main basin and one from the east end. He used a floater with a very slow fig of eight and had three on Diawl bachs, two on corixa and one on a blob. Derek had his four on a floater and Diawl bachs.
John Miller had four – he used a midge tip line and had one on a sunburst FAB, two on a black JC Diawl bach and one on a satanic buzzer. John Levy had three on a floater with Diawl bachs using a slow retrieve.
Bob Allan had two on a floater with Diawl bachs and a slow fig of eight retrieve.
Ken Hastings also had two on Diawl bachs.
Therefore, it looks like my boat partner on the 6th was correct – Diawl bachs under the castle was good advice.
See you at Frandy on the 13th – perhaps my luck will change for the better.