Fishing in August has been good, particulary for boats in Luce Bay and Portlogan, Portpatrick areas even though strong winds have made conditions difficult. Off Portlogan and Portpatrick areas a good few Tope,Bullhuss,Codling,Haddock,Pollack,and many other species still being caught. In Luce Bay still Tope,Thornbacks,Smoothhounds,Mackerel,Black Bream, Gurnards etc. being caught when weather has been kind.
Beach and Rock Fishing has been difficult with strong easterly winds throwing a lot of weed up onto beaches in LuceBay, and also strong westerly winds have made conditions difficult for rock fishing of West side of Peninsula,but when there there has been calmer days,Pollack,Wrasse,Conger,l.s.d,Gurnards,Codling etc. have been caught.
Trout fishing has also been hard this last month,only a short period before the temperature drops at night producing a few fish mostly on small midge patterns, allthough during the day a few fish taking lures on sunk lines and dial bach patterns on midge tip lines. A few Salmon have been caught in local rivers , but the river Cree has had the most rises and has produced a good few fish.
Finally L.S.A.A 2 day Open Competition is on 18th&19th Sept.,both matches being fished on the shores of Lochryan.Hopefully a good turnout of Anglers will attend as there is allways a really good Junior Prize Table, and good Prize Fund for Senior Anglers taking part.
Sea fishing has really been good, when weather has been kind to us. Lochryan s.a.a species hunt just finished earlier today,and was won by Raymond Garrett with 10 species,but over 17 different species were caught. Tope being caught from Luce Bay ,Portlogan and Portpatrick from boats, but also from some shore marks in Luce Bay. Still some nice Codling, Pollack, Bullhuss,Plaice etc. coming from marks of Portlogan,Portpatrick and Ardwell Bay. Trout fishing has been a bit difficult, but now that the recent rain has freshened up the local waters ,it should improve . Local Rivers have had a few rises, and are now throwing up the odd salmon and sea trout . Our shop ,The Sports Shop in Stranraer now open on Sun. morning from 9.30 to 11.30 until end of August.
Fishing in Lucebay has been excellent, with some small boats catching over 30 smoothhounds in a session from marks
around Terrally and Ardwell. Big catches now tailing off as the crab peel finishes, but still some good sport to be had
on light gear fishing for Thornback Rays.Tope seem to be scattered around ,allthough some good catches have came
from marks around Portwilliam. Gurnards seem to be in bigger numbers around the whole area this year,codling
,wrasse,pollack,lsd,plaice all being caught from marks around Portpatrick,Portlogan,Mull of Galloway areas.
Mackerel all around the peninsula, but easiest caught from Mull of Galloway,Portlogan and Lochryan.
Trout fishing been difficult because of the bright sunny weather,but fish still being caught in early morning and late
evening . Flies to try are Yellow Dancers,Hot Head Catswhiskers,CDC flies,Sedges etc.
Now into June and Tope fishing in full swing ,with fish up to
and over 40lbs being landed in Lucebay,Lochryan,Isle of
Whithorn and Wigtown Bay areas.
A good run of Smoothhounds in Lucebay up to 9lbs being caught,also in
Wigtown Bay mostly from boats , but also from rock marks
Still some nice codling and haddock from Portlogan and Ardwell Bay areas beng caught from the boats,also some codling from rockmarks around
Portlogan,Ardwell Bay,and Portpatrick. Mackerel also
being caught in bigger numbers from Mull of Galloway,and in Lochryan. Various other species such as gurnards,wrasse,plaice,bullhuss,thornback ray now also
being caught aruond the area.
Pike fishing has also been pretty good,with fish up to and
over 30lbs being landed around the area, also Bream,Roach
and perch regularly being caught.
Trout fishing has also been good, with some nice brown
and rainbow trout caught in our local lochs, sedges,
cdc dry flies,and muddlers very effective lately when fish
have been rising.
Tope now arrived in Luce Bay,
although Mackerel still not in large shoals,what are being caught quite big.Portlogan and Portpatrick deep water marks have produced a few spurdog , a few nice Codling
and Haddock,also some decent Pollack on some of the
wrecks and inshore marks.
A few Bullhuss have also been
caught,and one small Tope was caught of the wreck of
Portlogan. The Rock marks are also producing some decent
Pollack,Wrasse,Plaice also some Codling to mainly Crab baits.
Trout fishing has also been pretty good despite pretty cold
weather up until this past week,but some good hatches of flies now bringing the trout higher up in the waters. Flies
to try are wets such as Conemarra Black,KateMcLaren,
Black Pennel,Pearl backed Dial Bach,Hares Ear Nymph,Buzzers,and assorted Lures.
The Pike Fishing has also been excellent with many double
figured fish being caught throughout the area.
THE SEA FISHING IS STARTING TO IMPROVE ,OUR LOCAL
CLUB L.S.A.A HAD THIER FIRST CLUB MATCH RECENTLY,
DURING WHICH A GOOD FEW PLAICE,FLOUNDER,COALFISH,
CODLING AND SOME DECENT POLLACK WERE CAUGHT,THE
BEST ONE WAS 7LBS 6OZ CAUGHT BY W.HANNAY SNR.
THE MATCH WAS AROUND THE PORTPATRICK AREA, AND
STEVIE HALL HAD AN EARLY WRASSE, ALLTHOUGH WE HAVE HEARD OF SOME BEING CAUGHT AT WEST TARBET,AT MULL OF GALLOWAY.
THE BOATS HAVE HAD SOME NICE CODLING,AND GOOD
POLLACK FROM PORTLOGAN &PORTPATRICK.
THE LOCAL TROUT LOCHS HAVE BEEN FISHING WELL, THE
BEST BROWN TROUT CAUGHT IS OVER 6LBS AND RAINBOW
TROUT UP TO 5LBS HAVE ALSO BEEN LANDED,VISITORS
CAN PURCHASE A DAY TICKET FOR £13.00 PER DAY,AND
YOU CAN KEEP 2 FISH.
THE PIKE FISHING HAS ALSO BEEN GOOD ,WITH A FEW
EXCELLENT FISH OVER 20LBS BEING CAUGHT LATELY.
We have some special deals on Greys Sea Rods and Reels and lots of other offers in shop, please phone for best prices. tel: 01776 702705
The last Pike match at Whitefield Loch, Glenluce was won with a fish of just over 3.5lbs, the next competition will be on Sunday 28thMarch 11.00 am-3.30pm.
Sea Fishing from shore still pretty quiet, although some decent Pollack being caught from rock marks at Portlogan, Portpatrick,and Mull of Galloway. The very odd Plaice making an appearance at Portpatrick marks,as well as occasional Codling and Dabs.
The boats have been catching a few Codling, small Whiting, decent Pollack at Portlogan and Portpatrick when they got out in the recent calm weather.
The Freshwater Lochs open on Mon 15th March, hopefully the temperature rises a few degrees as many anglers are looking forward to the start of the new season.