ADAA Coarse Angling Section Page
( Rutilus rutilus ), common European sport fish of the carp family , Cyprinidae , widely distributed in lakes and slow rivers. A high-backed, yellowish green fish with red eyes and reddish fins, the roach is about 15–40 cm (6–16 inches) long and weighs up to 2 kg (4 1 / 2 pounds). It lives in small schools and eats aquatic plants, insects, and other small animals. It is sometimes eaten or used as bait.
In North America the name roach is also applied to certain other fishes. These include the rudd and golden shiner ( see minnow), both cyprinids, and several members of the sunfish family, Centrarchidae.( from the Encyclopædia Britannica)
Some months ago the ADAA committee received a request from a small group of very enthusiastic coarse anglers calling themselves the Aberdeen Coarse Angling Association (ACAA) Their request was for a very small number of carefully vetted anglers to use Loirston Loch to fish for roach. Regulars at the loch will have seen roach number increase over the years into what are some sizable numbers and some members have been lucky enough to catch one or two on the fly.
Over a period of time our loch convener Kenny Riddell & Assistant convener John Jamieson met with some of their members to discuss how we could accommodate the ACAA members without upsetting our own members who use Loirston on a regular basis. Meeting after meeting idea's were passed back & forth and reported back to the committee at our regular monthly meeting where the committee would ask for more detailed guidelines and rules that would help us accommodate the coarse anglers. I think we have now carefully looked at everything and hope that from the 1 st March the ADAA members will welcome the ACAA members when they see them up at the Loch. The ACAA members have a separate set of rules and will have ID & permits to show if requested.
The coarse anglers are also restricted to where they can fish and a map is available here along with the coarse angling rules. It will be really easy to identify the ACAA members as they will be the anglers with bright red caps with ACAA in gold on them. Any ADAA members wishing to try the hand at coarse angler can do so, but will be subject to the rules under coarse angling, you don't need any special permit, but it would help if you dropped the committee an email to email@example.com or letter informing them that you will be taking the opportunity to use the loch for coarse angling, this will help use to understand how popular coarse angling may be in the future.
As with all ADAA waters you must record your catch with 48 hours at www.adaa.org.uk The committee granted ACAA use of Loirston Loch on a six months trial, but both ADAA & ACAA would hope that everything goes according to plan and that it will become as popular as rainbow fishing . The ACAA members are all local anglers and will help us police the loch on a more regular basis, ADAA members will be well aware of the problems we have at the loch with poaching and the associated cost of all the fish that goes missing.
Their members will also help us with weed control at no cost. ACAA members will fish 100% catch & release so don't worry they won't be taking any of our fish away!
COARSE ANGLING RULES LOIRSTON LOCH 2012
Applicable to ADAA &/or Aberdeen Coarse Angling Association ( ACCA) members
Season 1 st January – 31 st December
Barbless hooks only
- No angling between dusk & dawn
- No ground baiting or excessive loose feed (cage feeder allowed)
- All Trout to be returned to the water safely and immediately
- All trout to be handled with wetted hands
- No ACAA members to be in possession of any trout at any time
- All litter, discarded line, cigarette butts etc,to be bagged and taken home
- No fires, No camping
- All nets to be fish friendly(fish to be kept no longer than 5 hours in keep nets)
- Designated coarse fishing areas to be strictly adhered to at all times (See Map)
- ACAA members must be in possession of their photo ID & current permits when angling
- No angling access to Loirston Loch 7 days after ADAA restocking (Dates to be advised)
- No angling access to Loirston Loch on ADAA competition dates (See below)
- Sunday 3 rd June 2012, Sunday 22 nd July 2012, Sunday 8 th September 2012.
- Rakes permitted for clearing weed in your swim
- As with all fisheries, members to conduct themselves in a sportsman like manner
- No work, bank maintenance etc to be carried out without prior agreement
- The ADAA committee reserve the right to terminate access to Loirston loch with immediate effect at any time during the trial period
- ADAA Loirston Loch convener Kenny Riddell 07525126799
- ADAA Loirston Loch assistant convener John Jamieson 07748434798
- ADAA works contractor Stuart Fleming 07805197714
- Disciplinary action, which may result in expulsion will be taken against any member breaching the rules.
- Print off a version here
Notification of catch information is obligatory on ADAA waters and should be placed within 48 hours of the catch being made. It is important that all members adhere to the reporting rule. This should be done preferably on-line at www.adaa.org.uk go to catch returns and follow the on-line instructions or by telephone answer phone on 01224-731949.
It is a disciplinary offence not to do so.