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Report for week ending 13th September 2004
Temperature at 6ft 16.5C; Clarity 1.8m.

A week of gales and heavy rain with a two day high pressure interval in the middle. The fish are turning up in numbers in the shallow bays (e.g. Lochend, Kates Brae and Hotel Bay). The Road Shore, Gateside Bay and Dog Isle have also proved worth while. Lines have been floating to intermediate or slow sinking and flies have included; Boobies, white cat, diawl bach, silver invicta and snatchers.

The past week saw the Home International Police Championships at the Lake with officers (serving and retired) competing from Scotland, Wales, England and N.Ireland. After a practice day on the 8th , the 64 polismen got down to the more serious business of the competition on the 9th and the 32 boats landed 203 fish for 461lbs.

Wales won the day and their 16 anglers caught 65 fish for 143lbs 14oz. They were awarded a further 21lbs 8oz for their time bonus giving a total of 165lbs 6oz. In second place were Scotland with 49 fish (111lbs 14oz). England were third with 44 fish (107lbs 8oz) and Ireland picked up the wooden spoon with 45 fish (101lbs 4oz). A limit of seven fish was in place and the top rod was Mark Roberts of Wales with 7 fish for 16lbs 10oz and a time bonus of 7lbs. Mark is pictured on the left receiving his award from Deputy Chief Constable Mulhearn of Central Scotland. Mark was fishing a D13 line at Lochend with lime green and pink boobies. As Mark collected his prize at the presentation dinner he put his success down to the fact that “a stopped clock is right twice a day”! Some other pictures from the day are Neil Mitchell of Scotland waiting with the net (top) and an anonamous individual with a trio of perch (photo Chris Taylor). The biggest fish of the two days went to John Comer from England, who netted and returned a pike (and the fish of a life time), estimated to be in the region of 35lbs plus – on a size 12 hare’s ear. Hopefully we’ll get a picture.

On the club scene IBM of Greenock landed 54 trout from 11 boats, North Berwick had 35 fish for 78lbs, CSSA caught 31 with 6 boats, CSP 25 fish from 4½ boats.