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Report for week ending 19th May 2004

Temperature at 6ft 14C; Clarity 1.5m. A great start to the week with some memorable dry fly and buzzer fishing but by the end of the week things had got difficult due to the high winds and bright sunshine. Clarity dropped as the sunshine and wind got to work on the recent thunderstorm run off. Finally (18/5/04), despite strong winds but spared the bright sunshine, the experts managed a very respectable catch in the latest SANA prelim, and recorded a boat average of 6.1 fish for 11.7lbs. At the time of writing the best method is a DI3 line and a fast pulled lure. Fishing has recently been mainly confined to the more sheltered drifts e.g. Lochend, Kate’s Brae, Todhole and Dog Isle.

Diary Date: “Troutanabout” at the Lake of Menteith will be shown as the last in a 6 part series on trout fishing in Scotland, and can be seen on Thursday the 19th August 7.30 STV (1/2 hr).

Disabled National Result 16th May

A difficult day saw the eighteen boats landing 28 fish for 65lbs 8oz. The new champion was Tony Lithgow (right) who picked his 5 fish up all round the loch on lures. 2nd A.Neilson, 3rd S.Gill, 4th D.Smith, 5th K.Duncan, 6th C.Keddy and 7th J.Bryce. The aforementioned will now represent Scotland at the Disabled International in Wales in 2005. Alex Meikle( left) picked up the heaviest fish (7lbs 11oz) trophy. Top Boatman was Bill Murray. Organiser John Hood thanked all the helpers, boatman, caterers and the Lake fishery which sponsors the event.

Scottish Club Championships and Daily Record Champion of Champions – 15th May
The 17 three man teams caught 44 fish for 102lbs – a difficult night.
1st Glenrothes King Fishers A (R.Salmond, W.Black, D.Wallace) 6 fish15lbs 3oz
2nd West Lothian Fly Dressers (A.Forrest, A.Middlemas,M.McKenzie) 5 fish 12lbs 10oz
3rd Rothes Oak B (D.Dunn, G.Sheilds, K.Proudfoot) 4 fish 10lbs

Top 4 Individuals qualifying for the Champions Final were 1st R.Salmond (Glenrothes King F A), 2nd J.Watt (Dumf. Rusty Nail), 3rd K.Logan (N.Berwick B), 4th D.Dunn (Rothes Oak B).

Teams Competing on Saturday 22nd May : Airdrie & Dist A, Ayr B, Bridge of Weir (Loch) A, Butcher Boy B, Duns FC, East Kilbride B, Falkirk Kingfishers, Grangemouth A, Grizzlecats A, Hawick, Inverurie B, Irvine Water Sports A, Lothian and Borders Police B, Newton Stewart B, Port Glasgow B, St.Serfs B, Stirling Castle B and Wellington B.

SANA National Championship Prelim Results – 18th May
1st S.Leask Shetland AC 8 fish 16-04 (Blob, slime line, Lochend and Ferry Point)
2nd A. Forgan Dundee AC 8 fish 15-10 (cat,snatcher,wee damsel, wet 2, Lochend)
3rd H.Law Stanley & Dist 8 fish 14-13 (cat, damsel, wet 2, Lochend)
Cut off weight for qualifying was 5lbs 3oz. The top 50% (27 anglers progress to the semi-finals)