More codling from Loch Leven

Early morning on Rannoch Moor

Took a use it or lose it day’s leave today and decided to go for quantity rather than quality with a few hours trying for codling on Loch Leven. The forecast suggested the wind would rise in the early afternoon so I set the alarm for a silly time and packed the SIB in the car.

The sun was rising in a clear sky over Rannoch Moor as I stopped for a quick photo, conscious that the weather wasn’t forecast to last all day.

Towards Black Mount from Rannoch Moor
Towards Black Mount from Rannoch Moor

Arriving at Loch Leven I headed round by Kinlochleven to find my launch spot already occupied by some snoozing kayakers (non-fishing variety), but there was enough room to park and get setup so I was underway a little before eight in the morning.

SIB on upper Loch Leven
SIB on upper Loch Leven

Fishing was pretty much immediate with a good succession of fish, mainly small codling, queueing up in the modest tide run.

Threesome of small codling
Threesome of small codling

I tried a few other spots during the day, including one that was home to a rather startled otter – unfortunately I couldn’t deal with the deep shade it was in, so the image is more like an impressionist painting than a recognisable mammal.

Rather blurry image of an otter
Rather blurry image of an otter

The fish kept coming until the wind started to rise a bit in the early afternoon, and I ended up with around 35, mainly codling but with a sprinkling of coalies and a single Pollack and whiting putting in an appearance.

After retrieving the SIB I stopped off down the loch a little to grab a coffee and a bite to eat, and noticed these two anglers fishing away near the narrows.

Shore anglers near Leven Narrows
Shore anglers near Leven Narrows

And the way home provided one final photo opportunity, by way of a rather proud looking stag who was quite happy to have his picture taken.

Stag
Stag

Along for the first time was a birthday present to myself in the shape of a new wide-range zoom lens for the camera. I dropped my old 18-55mm lens back in December and buggered the autofocus, so I’ve replaced it with an 18-250mm. OK, so not the best choice from an optical viewpoint, but a pretty pragmatic option for a travelling angler with limited space.

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