Fraser on fishing: Markle is fishing superbly

Bruce Hunter of Edinburgh with a 3lb rainbow taken on a Bloodworm at Markle.

Bruce Hunter of Edinburgh with a 3lb rainbow taken on a Bloodworm at Markle.

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Reports that Markle was fishing well was a bit of an under-statement as I was about to find out, writes STUART FRASER.

Reports that Markle was fishing well was a bit of an under-statement as I was about to find out.

I started fishing on the main pond up the top end in the shallows. I only ever use a floater at Markle and, as always, mini lures for the first hour or so. Starting out with a single Damsel I kept getting pulls and solid tugs but no lock on.

Changing to a mini Dancer was just as frustrating and still no lock on but definitely encouraging. A change to a team of Diawl Bachs made a difference as I picked up two fifh fairly rapidly.

However, it was the red-cheeked one that they targeted more. Sport was hectic but when the sun broke through it just switched off. As soon as the cloud cover appeared again it was business as usual and the takes were savage.

Having jagged a few, the fish started to move further down the water but still remained fairly tight in and could be picked off. Although nothing big it was a great couple of hours. Before retiring I had to try the small pond and it was back to the lures, especially the Black Rabbit which the trout went crazy over. Casting on to the island the rabbit was getting mugged time and time again. It picked off four in a matter of just over half an hour and a move to the opposite end produced the same results. The fish were definitely in a feeding mood that made for great sport and so I retired a happy bunny.

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