The upper reaches of the Forth provide anglers with all year round sport for flounder and summer sport with silver eel. It’s a popular match venue and is capable of throwing up some good weights.

Sport usually peaks when the crab moult is in full swing during the summer months. A bucket of peeler crab is all you will need for bait but during the winter months fish strips will suffice. Use two or three-hook rigs armed with size 1 or 2 Aberdeen hooks and a standard beach rod and reel loaded with 15lb main line to fish any of the marks.

As with most flounder and eel marks, fish over low water. The flood normally produces the best results. Getting to this area couldn’t be easier. Look for Kincardine Bridge on any O/S map and you will have found it!

1 The Pow Burn
This mark is situated on the south side. Before you either cross the bridge heading north, or as you come off the bridge heading south, you will see a turning to the west.
Take this road until you reach the burn, park at the bridge and walk round the burn until you get to the gorse bushes. Fish anywhere along here. Sport normally coincides with the tide reaching the top of the mud banks, so plan you trip well and make the most of the hot time.

2 Below The Bridge
Follow the same directions as before but fish anywhere from the bridge down to the gorse bushes. This area does need to be fished well into the flood because over low water it is almost empty bar a trickle in the middle.
Try fishing the mouth and if the action slows up move back upstream to here. The bend is normally a good spot, with fish often showing right under the rod tip. Don’t cast out too far!

3 Above The Bridge
This is little fished, with most people heading for the mouth of the burn but good sport can be had here especially with eel at night. Again, follow the road to the bridge and either find a space to park up before the bridge, or park at the bridge and walk back up to your chosen spot. Wait until later on in the flood before attempting to fish here. The flounder are normally quite small but there can be good eel sport on a calm warm evening when low tide falls just before darkness.

4 The Fisherman’s Huts
This is the first mark on the north shore. Just before the bridge in Kincardine itself there is a pedestrian crossing. At the crossing there is a turning to the west, take this turning through the town past the bakers. Just past the shops there is a left turn. Take this road and follow it to the level crossing. Park on the other side of the crossing where you will find the walkway, which will take you along the shore to the marks. Fish anywhere along here but try to keep close to the features in the bay in front of you.

5 The Old Power Station
As you walk along the path you will see the remains of the old power station on your right. Fish in front of this over low water for flounder and eel to crab baits.
Casting short with a plain lead is a good ploy, letting your lead roll around in the tide. At the bottom of the wall you will see a band of weed, which becomes a problem for retrieving fish and tackle as the tide rises.

6 The Bay
Keep walking down the path and eventually it will turn to the right. This area is deemed by some local anglers to be the best area for large bags of flounder.
Start fishing at the point and move around until you locate the fish. Vary your casts, starting close and lengthening until you get the range that the fish are feeding at. Again, use a plain lead and let it roll around slowly in the tide.

Tackle Shops
The Tack Shack, Saddle Sores, St Andrews Street, Dunfermline, Fife. Tel: 01383 621999.
Deals On Reels, 22 Bruce Street, Dunfermline, Fife. Tel: 01383 728108.

TSF Top Tip 1
Make sure you’ve got a good supply of fresh peeler crab if you plan to fish here in the summer!

TSF Top Tip 2
Try using a plain lead and let it swing round in the tide to help attract more flatties to your bait.

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