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WEEKLY FISHERY REPORT

ReportReport for week ending 10th August 2004
Temperature at 6ft 20C; Clarity 2.6m

The heavy rain has tested anglers waterproofs and resilience. It has also helped to cool down the water column. The heather fly should be around soon as the heather might be blooming if we could see it! Best bags have been on a variety of techniques – including dries (e.g.yellow CDCs), boobies, sparklers, nymphs and diawl bachs. The fish are not as deep as one might expect from the single water temperature reading at 6ft, and thus intermediate to floating lines are working well.

Glenkinchie Boat league 4th August – by Alberto Laidlaw.
This weeks session was won by John Buchanan fishing at International Bay and Kates Brae using White and Black Booby and Daiwl Bachs. Second was George MacKenzie, and third was Jim Litster. Methods were all very similar Di-2/3’s and D-5’s with boobys, sparklers and daiwl bachs. Jim Litster was using a Di-5 withy a sparkler and covering rising fish with his sparkler. Conditions were warm with little breeze and more fish should have been evident but the expected rise did not materialise which seems to have been the norm of late, an increase in the water temperature has made the fish collect in the deeper areas of the lake off the Road Shore, Rookery and Gateside Bay.
Congratulations to the new 2004 Glenkinchie league Champion David Downie (left), who tops the league after the final night and to Jim Litster who finished second. Detailed results are available at the www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk

Thanks should go to Quint, Douglas and the Lake for making such superb facilities available to us and for doing most of the hard work. A special thanks should also go to our sponsors Glenkinchie for their continued support of the league and the never ending supply of Glenkinchie. Thanks also to all entrants who have made it such a friendly event, I know that a lot of rods enjoy the league not just for the competition but also because they get an opportunity to meet and fish with new friends.
PS from Quint. We are very much indebted to Alberto for his data handling. From last year - I know it takes a considerable amount of time - entering the data, collating the data, corrections and checking , putting a story together and posting. Congratulations to the winner Davie D., who took part in the competition as a way of remembering his good pal and last years champion Alan Ronald. Well done also to runner up John Litster and 3rd placed Gregor Fleming. Hope you all enjoyed it - and the summer!

Scottish Club Championships Final Evening Heat no 14 – 7th Aug
The 19 three man teams caught 86 fish for 159lbs. The three teams to progress to the semifinals were: Grizzle Cats B (J.Crawford, J.Litster, A.Hill), St.Serfs A (D.McGregor, A.Smith, A.Menmuir), Hedgehogs A (C.Smith, F.Jarret, D.Chalmers). Top individuals through to the Daily Record Champion of Champions were C.Smith, J.Litster, D.MacGregor, J.Crawford. Heaviest fish of the night was 3lb 3oz caught by R.Thom. The winning team, best individual and captor of the heaviest fish all received bottles of Bowmore Whisky.

Police InterForce 3rd August :Tayside, Dumfries and Galloway, Fife, Lothian and Borders, Central Scotland, Northern, Strathclyde and Grampian supplied 4 men teams. The 16 boats caught 90 fish for 168lbs. The winning 4 man team was Northern (D.Mateer, I.Anderson, M.Sclater, I.Cox),with 17 fish for 31lbs 5oz. 2nd were Central Scotland.