The Montrose and District Angling Club (M.D.AC), founded in 1947 has fished the River South Esk, five miles from Montrose, from the Road Bridge at Bridge of Dun downstream for over fifty years. The water is leased from the Southesk Estates and the Scottish Wildlife Trust. The water is tidal. Fishing for Salmon, Sea Trout and Finnock is permitted from both banks six days a week (Monday to Saturday inclusive) between 16 February and 31 October. The beat is closed on a Sunday.
The Club Constitution caters for a membership of seventy. The Club make available to members of the public who do not reside within the catchment area of Montrose, Day Permits (Feb to Sept), Weekly and Guest Season Tickets (Feb to Oct inclusive).
The beat is within a Scottish Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve which includes farmland where cattle graze. All members of the public are requested to comply with the Countryside Code and appropriate signs.
Parking. To fish the south bank vehicles should be parked at the road bridge at Bridge of Dun. To fish the north bank, lower part of the beat, vehicles should be parked in the club's car park adjacent to .ishers Lodge. This car park is approached by using the narrow road which passes the railway station heading towards the river and basin.
Beat. The beat is tidal and consists of five pools.
The Bridge Pool: located immediately downstream from the road bridge. The pool can only be fished from the south bank and is best fished when the tide is just coming on with fish running ahead of the tide or when the tide is off.
Boat Pool is located some 300 metres downstream from the bridge at the first right hand bend and is a deep pool which extends downstream to slack water and which holds fish throughout the season. It is best fished from the south bank and can be fished at any time.
Lizzie Brown: located immediately below the slack water downstream from the boat pool. This pool can be fished from the north bank when the tide is running on or off. Repairs to the south bank in this area have made the tail end of this stretch of water accessible from the south bank.
Long Shot: a stretch of water immediately downstream from the Lizzie Brown. Best fished from the north bank. Fishable three hours after high tide and up to three hours after low tide.
Lurgies: last fishable stretch of water on the beat before the river enters the basin. Can be fished up to three hours after low tide and three and half hours after high tide. Should only be fished when the water level is low or when the tide is off.
The three upper pools of the beat fish best one hour after high tide and up to one hour before the next high tide. The lower two pools are best fished in low water.