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WEEKLY FISHERY REPORT

Report for week ending 31st May 2004
Temperature at 6ft 16C; Clarity 3m.

Clarity increased greatly over the weekend – ending up at 3m. Temperature also increased markedly and finished up 2C at 16C. Catches have been improving over the last week – mainly as a result of a the winds dropping and water clearing. Nymphs, diawl bachs and blobs have been the favourite but traditionals and the dry may now become more effective. The western areas of the Loch eg the Malling Shore are now reporting good catches but fish are coming from all the drifts. Today (1/6/04) we had a substantial twister on the water. The tornado dropped down from the cloud, and where it touched the water, drew spray up. Alan Ferguson (Motherwell) reckoned the foot of the twister was 20yards across. Alan Gilbert of Glasgow said the twister travelled from the Islands to the Road Shore. He thought he’d had an eventful day after also watching an otter eating a fish at the Malling shore and catching 4 fish.

Scottish Civil Service Competition 21st&28th May:
21/05/04: 3rd Team DARA B Martin McManamon & Davy Carr, 2nd Team Perth CSSA Davy Malcolm & Brian McHale, 1st Team Edinburgh civil Service Angling Club 16 fish for 39lb 5 oz. Top individuals who qualify to represent Scotland in the UK Civil Service Finals held at Rutland in October were Frank Jackson & Eric Fox (pictured right). 28/5/04: 3rd The Dodgy Wobblers ( Inverness DWP) Dept of Working Pensions, 2nd Gareloch & Loch Long, 1st Centre 1 Angling Club. Top individuals who qualify for finals were Fraser McConnell and Malcolm Anderson. All the prizes were donated by the sponsors Masterline Powerhead and Highland Flies

SANA National Championship Prelim Results – 25th May
The top 50% (22 anglers progress to the semi-finals). Cut off weight was 7lbs 13oz. 23 boats landed 175 fish for 387lbs.
1st J Kettles Soldier Palmers 8 fish 20-07
2nd A Rough Cent Scot pol 8 fish 16-14
3rd R McDougall Strathclyde Pol 8 fish 16-05
3 anglers had limit bags, cut off weight for qualifying was 7-13(F Meechan)
23 boats produced 175 fish for 387lb 12oz. A calmer day. Most fish were caught off the Road Shore, at times well out. Cages bay also fished well for the few boats who tried that end of the lake. Mini lures, boobys and Daiwl Bachs all worked mostly on intermediate lines. This was the best catch of all the three qualifiers proving that the weather was having the big effect on the fishing – not sequential competitions.

Glenkinchie League 26th May.
First placed on the night and winner of a bottle of Glenkinchie was Jim Litster from Ayrshire with 8 fish for 18lbs 11oz. Jim was using a team of diawl bachs on a DI3 line and caught his fish at Gateside and Hotel Bay. 2nd place on the night was 2002 League Champion Jim McBride from Edinburgh, who picked up feeding fish from all areas including the cages, out in the middle and the shore road. Jim McBride was figure of eighting a team of diawl bachs on a floating line.3rd placed and winner of a bottle for the biggest fish on the night was Arthur Wilkie.The 33 anglers caught 76 fish for 165lbs (av. wt. 2lbs 3oz). Last weeks top rod Walter Archibald landed 5 fish for 11lbs 11oz and this was enough to keep Wattie at the top of the leader board.See Glenkinchie League Table

Scottish Club Championships and Daily Record Champion of Champions – 29th May
The 19 three man teams caught 121 fish for 261lbs.
1st Bridge of Allan 76 (M.Willis, P.Shepard, A.Laird) 15 fish 37lbs 0oz
2nd Dunoon & District (C.MacDonald, R.Elliot, K.McKenzie) 13 fish 28lbs 9oz
3rd Roscobie Loch (D.Milne, G.Gall, W.Pattie) 9 fish 20lbs 140z
Top 4 Individuals qualifying for the Champions Final were 1st A.Laird (Br of allan) – blob, DI3, 2nd R.Elliot (Dunoon), 3rd P.Shepard (Br of Allan), 4th K.Heenan (Denny & Dist) – also heaviest fish (3lbs 12oz). The winning club, winning individual and the captor of the heaviest fish all received bottles of Bowmore Single Malt.