FOR the first time in weeks Delgatie Castle Trout Fishery was free from ice, but with the water temperature so low, the threat still remains.
The fishery is now hopeful of looking forward to better water temperature and, equally important, a rise in air temperature to make angling conditions a bit more acceptable.
Reasonable catches have been recorded but it has been difficult to gauge the feeding depth as some fish have been taken at two feet down while others have been taken from the bottom. The variable light and conditions have not helped.
Best catches this week fell to Billy Milne of Whitehills (19 fish), N. Thomson of Turriff (nine), J. Able of Fraserburgh and P. Gray of Turriff (both with eight).
Most fish have been caught on lures with the Yellow Dancer, Cat’s Whisker and Cormorant the most popular choices.
The Troutmaster 2011 competition is now available and entry forms are available at the fishery.
Boat and tackle hire also available and for all enquiries phone Bob on 07980 999 006.
The fishery is open seven days a week from 8am and booking is not necessary.