Fishing: Isle of Bute is known for big fish - this one broke my rod
Loch Fad always has big, double-figure fish but, when I arrived, it was cold and wet and not what I was looking forward to. But black and green, as well as orange, always seem to do well on the Fad and who was I to change things.
I went out with an intermediate with a black cat, white cat and a cruncher in between.
The dam wall has always been a happy hunting ground for me and, just two casts in, I got my first offer followed by an almighty crack. The top section of my rod had snapped as I tried to play the fish and it turned into a comedy of errors as I tried to land the fish, which managed to slip the hook.
Changing to my spare rod, I decided to cover the whole of the loch in search of a specimen but all I managed to find were perch.
I did get one trout at the back of the cages which took a black cat about five feet below the surface.
Despite the lack of fish, I enjoyed the time away and look forward to the competition.