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Old 31 July 2016, 03:58   #1
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Crinan holiday

Just back from a great family holiday in Crinan and thought I would post a few pictures.

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We stayed in one of the cottages attached to Duntrune Castle and it was a great base for a weeks holiday. A week barely scratched the surface but that's always the case for me on the West coat of Scotland, but that's fine as it keeps me going back.
Its fair to say the weather was mixed but i did manage a few days out in the boat.

Had a run up to Ardfern for lunch stopping off on the way on the various islands

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and on the way back had a drop for a fish in Dorus Mor.

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Caught this tiddler codling on the first drop on a small rubber eel but as soon as it was released the tide started pushing and even though it was a fine day with little wind i could see how this area could turn a bit naughty and so with the family on board i got out of there sharpish..

I bought the boat primarily for inshore shallow water fishing and the sib was great for this. It enabled me to cover lots of ground quickly and find a suitable spot to fish from.
Managed to eek out a Seatrout and caught Mackerel, Pollock and Codling during our stay.

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Cheers, Steve
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Old 31 July 2016, 04:27   #2
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Nice one - lovely place to visit. We took the RIB up there about 10 days ago and ended up taking a photo of the castle from beside the blue RIB that is moored there. What's the skinny on the cottages - one of my PAX was asking about staying around there.
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Old 31 July 2016, 04:36   #3
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Lovely Scottish weather contrasts... the owners of the cottage we go to shortly south of Crinan say they've just had two weeks there with the hottest and coldest day of the summer in that period.

You look to have the same sort of bundle of family gear as we take.

How was staying at Duntrune... I got the impression the "boss" was a bit fierce from the time we stayed the other end of the estate. Probably OK if you are a customer/guest.

Did you find Loch Craignish a good SIB/family cruising area... we've only had a non-boating holiday in Ardfern. I was wondering about roof topping the Aerotec and dropping it in somewhere near that area.
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Nice one - lovely place to visit. We took the RIB up there about 10 days ago and ended up taking a photo of the castle from beside the blue RIB that is moored there. What's the skinny on the cottages - one of my PAX was asking about staying around there.
Duntrunecottages is the web site, they have about 5 or 6 cottages of different sizes which they let.
I left the sib up all week by a beach just round from the castle and a few minutes walk from the cottage, couldnt fault it.
The owner could not have been more helpful, I will be going there again.
Loch Craignish certainly felt safe and comfortable for the sib with shelter from the worst of any winds while we were there though I personally would prefer Crinan as a base though my decision if quite fishy based.
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Duntrunecottages is the web site, they have about 5 or 6 cottages of different sizes which they let.
I left the sib up all week by a beach just round from the castle and a few minutes walk from the cottage, couldnt fault it.
The owner could not have been more helpful, I will be going there again.
Loch Craignish certainly felt safe and comfortable for the sib with shelter from the worst of any winds while we were there though I personally would prefer Crinan as a base though my decision if quite fishy based.
Nice Spot and Pics!..I saw some really Big Pollock right under the Pier last year at Crinnan last year...hoping to do some Sea trout fishing in a couple of weeks near Arisaig myself
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What did you use for bait to catch the sea-trout?

Just back from 2 weeks in Lewis, and all I caught was mackerel and pollack. Used rubber eel and octopus lures, and freshly dug lug worm.

Plenty food for the seabirds this season with shoals of sand eels!
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What did you use for bait to catch the sea-trout?

Just back from 2 weeks in Lewis, and all I caught was mackerel and pollack. Used rubber eel and octopus lures, and freshly dug lug worm.

Plenty food for the seabirds this season with shoals of sand eels!
Cut belly strips of the mackerel and spin them. Deadly.

Failing that use a krill Toby.
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The Sea trout was caught on a two inch blue fly but have heard as A1an says you cant beat spinning with mackerel belly strips.
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