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Report for week ending 23rd October 2004

Temperature at 6ft 10C; Clarity 1.8m.

The Lake of Menteith Chas Charity Competition was held at the Lake on Friday 22nd October and a fantastic sum of £4000, was raised by the anglers collecting sponsorship for this event. Collections have been going on all season for the charity at the Lake, with the anglers participating in the Scottish Club Championships collecting over £1000, bringing the total raised for the charity currently standing at £5050.

A lot of organisations and individuals made a big effort to help raise funds for CHAS and these (although too many to name) include: The Association of Scottish Stillwaters for organising the event and kind donations of prizes by Kevin McCabe (£250 in cash, framed), the Glasgow Angling Centre (rods, reel and lines) and the Angling Centre Stirling (fish smokers).

The competition was fished to fishery rules and a competition limit of 4 fish per angler with catch and release (each fished released counted as 2lbs) thereafter. After the gale subsided and the fish were weighed in, the man with the most fish was George Buchan with a total of 11 fish caught for 26lbs 7oz. George collected his framed £150 entitled “Break glass in emergency”. 2nd was Angus Armour with 10 fish for 22lbs 15oz, 3rd was Phil McDade with 9 fish for 22lbs 4oz. In 4th place was Kevin McCabe who return all of his 11 fish and would surely have been in the medals had he kept some fish – as the actual average weight was around 2 ½lbs. The bottle of Bowmore went to Graeme Frew with an on-grown fish of 6lbs 1oz.

Then came the awards for the heaviest four fish. 1st place went to Donald Marno with 4 fish for 14lbs and second place went to Donald MacGregor with four for 13lbs 10oz.

Pictured above are the top 3 anglers on the day (L to R, Angus Armour, George Buchan and Phil McDade). 2nd from left is Rita Craig from CHAS who gave an update on the work of CHAS.

The 47 anglers boated 205 fish in all. Conditions were blustery with most fish coming to deeper lines with the whitecat and booby proving their worth. Top drifts were the Butts down to Lochend and the Cages.

The fishery closes on the 31st of October.



Hugh Lusk of Bishopbriggs on the charity day with a fish from the Butts.