Situated less than a mile from the Kincardine bridge this mark offers reliable estuary sport in summer. Flounders and eels make up the bulk of the bags, but occasional codling and school bass can make a welcome addition. Best bet would be to start over low water as this will give a good view of gullies and features that the fish will follow as the tide floods. The season runs from May to October with sport peaking around July or August.
Flounders will be caught at close range out of the tide run, which can be fierce on bigger tides or following a rainy spell. Eels are caught a little further out on the edge of the tide where an anchored rig will be best fished by your watch rather than for bites, which can be hard to detect because the tide holds the rod well bent.
Peeler crabs are undoubtedly best, but ragworms and fish strip can be useful additions.
Very few snags mean that standard gear will suffice. Some use a lighter flattie rod for close range and a stiffer more powerful beachcaster to help with distance and the 6oz or 7oz lead needed to hold in the main flow. A 6500 or 525 type reel is best. Use 18lb line because this gives extra security should weed or debris become a problem. Rigs are a standard two-up, one-down fl aping with size 2 crab hooks. Clipped rigs are handy when the tide drops and the main channel becomes harder to hit.
Take the fi rst left off the Kincardine bridge (A876) going north leading onto a lane with a handy car park at the end that overlooks the river. Do not park in the lower area because this becomes flooded on bigger tides or spates.
Stirling Angling Centre, Calquhoun St, Stirling, tel: 01786 430400.