Category Archives: Loch Lomond

‘Screaming Reels’ – Lomond 13th July

Saturday 13th July

Saturday at last and heading out up the river I am brimming with the normal anticipation and excitement that has been growing during the preceding week further fuelled by reports of Grilse now being landed on the Loch.

See video highlights below! (Best played with Volume UP)

The day already warm with plenty of cloud and a good wee breeze things looked promising as I headed out of the river. I had hardly set the fourth rod when the inside ‘poker’ let rip with at least one other rod also joining in! I had connected with at least one fish and plenty of weed in the shallow water off Balloch Park. Sadly after a few minutes grunting and groaning I realised it was a lively pike of 10-12lb which was duly landed and safely released.

Continuing north along Boturich things had barely settled down when the inside rod buckled with the reel singing as I gathered in the other rods. A good bend in the rod signalled a good fish………alas another pike and not silver! Following some ariel acrobatics a healthy beautifully marked pike again of around 12lb was netted and released returning to the deep once more.

I had barely reset the rods just off the Hydro Station and thoughts of a coffee were dashed when once more the inside ‘poker’ let go. Thinking surely this time I tightened into what proved to be ….yes another pike would you believe it! Fortunately no need to bring it on board as it slipped the hook just beside the boat.

Rods out and reset once more I headed on past Ross Priory with thoughts returning to that cup of coffee. Not a chance as the inside ‘poker’ once again announced a take and I thought ‘fourth time lucky surely!’ . With the boat pitching in the rollers as can be seen I struggled to stand and almost joined the fish at one point before deciding being seated was better option. After a short fight with the fish and the rolling boat another beautifully marked healthy pike of around 12lbs which had fallen once more for the orange Tomic was safely landed and released.

Heading across the Endrick Bank towards Balmaha I finally got that coffee thinking what a busy morning but please please make the next take silver!

The cloud lifted and the sun appeared as I made my way past Balmaha and Milarrochy Bay before turning west toward the secret lost Isle of Buccinch for lunch and a stretch of the legs. Sitting on Buccinch in the now baking heat I reflected upon the events of the morning and admiring the shear beauty and solitude around me.

A change of lure here and there and I was off again heading south towards Inchfad in glorious sunshine and blue skies. After skirting the south shore of Inchmurrin I headed back across to Boturich shore and home past Balloch Park once more. No further contact but all in all another great day on Lomond and another week to plan and eagerly look forward to my next outing.

‘Lost’ Lomond’

 

Saturday 8th June, 2019

The forecast had said light rain with a ‘moderate’ wind as I headed out onto the Loch buoyed by the recent heavy rains and several salmon being taken from the River Leven earlier in the week. The heavy leaden skies and relative calm conditions provided dramatic scenes as I headed up along Boturich shores fishing as ‘tight’ to shore as I dared. So tight in fact that I lost a lure to the bottom in one of the bays as well as ‘whacking’ the bottom hard several times which certainly got the nerves jangling as I checked that the outboard was still securely attached!

Fished across the (Endrick) Bank and onwards past Balmaha Milarrochy Bay before heading West towards Buccinch. Foregoing stopping for lunch I decided to fish around the Islands of Inchmurrin, Torrinch, Inchcailloch in the hope of shelter and at picking up a sea trout which had been prevalent for the past few weeks. No success unfortunately aside from a brave wee perch which fell for a 13cm rapala.

With the North Easterly wind increasing I decided to call it a day and crossed or rolled across the Bank where now the wind was creating a bit of a wave.

A good day without anything to show despite some hard fishing and distance covered but enjoyable nevertheless. Next time!

 

A cold day in May on Lomond

Saturday 25th May

A cold windy day in May heading out once more in pursuit of that, so far elusive, first Lomond Salmon. Despite the low water conditions news of several fish being landed on the River Leven in recent days this only added to the tingle of anticipation that just maybe today I would get off the mark. Buffeted by the wind as I entered the I headed upon the eastern shore past Boturich carefully trying to fish as ‘tight’ to the shoreline as possible. Identifying the usual landmarks and troll lanes proved challenging given the extremely low water levels with huge rock formations now exposed along the shoreline and ‘normal’ depths and distances from shore now changed and unfamiliar.

Crossing Endrick Bank the reel on the inside poker announced a take as the rod bent over and I struggled to stow the other rods quickly. No small feat given the ‘roll’ of the waves that had gradually increased. Turned out to be a beautiful small sea trout of approximately just over a pound. Impressed by just how much of a tusssle these wee fish put up for their size and after several acrobatic leaps it was safely in the net.

Onwards and past Balmaha and Milarrochy Bay before turning westwards to Buccinch for lunch, a stretch of the legs and a change of lures. Leaving Buccinch the wind was now blowing as I headed to over and along the north side of Inchfad before heading around and running between Inchcailloch and Creinch a couple of times.

From there I headed back across Endrick Bank with wind and swell now blowing hard and glad to get a little shelter on the far shoreline. With rain now starting in earnest I headed back down past Ross Priory and Boturich with no further offers. Despite the conditions and the lack of fish a very enjoyable day made all the better for the appearance of a single beautiful wee silver sea trout.

May on Lomond

Saturday 4th May, 2019

A beautiful bright sunny morning in early May found me heading out of the river into the Loch, once again in pursuit of that first Lomond salmon. The sunshine disguised the fact that there was a bitterly cold north wind blowing and a good sized wave. My initial plan was to fish up the eastern shore of Boturich and from there across Endrick Bank. However about half way along the Boturich shoreline I decided to abandon this idea and seek some shelter on the southern side of Inchmurrin and from there fish along the islands of Torrinch and Inchcailloch as a start.

Springtime on “The Big Loch”

Saturday April 6th, 2019

It’s Saturday and I’m glad to leave all work related matters of the past week for the real business of angling amongst the stunning beauty of Loch Lomond. Technically it is Springtime but there was a real chill in the air and a misty overcast low cloud as I head out for the second trip of the season.

I opted to try trolling up the east shore past Boturich and onwards to Endrick Bank before heading towards Milarrochy Bay. Although crossing Endrick bank I did wonder if this was the smart decision given the water depth of less than 2 feet at some points and the lures ‘bouncing’ along the sandy bottom. From Milarrochy Bay I headed over towards Inchfad and then the down and along back of Inchmurrin before heading for Boturich and homewards.

Despite the low temperatures and the lack of fish, aside from a beautiful little sea trout of around 3/4lb which unnoticed appeared to have been catching a ride before I noticed, if I am being completely honest.

Whilst this will be only be my second and my first complete season angling on Lomond I never fail to be completely overawed by the magnificent beauty and scenes from my little craft, it sounds a bit weird but on each outing on The Loch it is almost as if the artist has been given a brand new palette of colours and materials with which to create.

First outing of the new season on Loch Lomond

23rd March 2019

Glad to be back on the water after a long Winter break that seemed never ending at times. A lovely bright bright day with a cold westerly wind saw me heading up the West shore for shelter from the wind. Reports from East shore were of a bit of a wave and difficult conditions. Whilst fish seemed to be absent it was a good day and great to be back out for the new season. Based upon later catch reports it turns out that all the fish were on the East shore with the wind it appears!