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Weekly Report
Issued 6th September 2005

The big news this week was the reopening of the village and angler’s watering hole – the Port Bar. The Lake of Menteith Hotel, which has recently changed ownership, has re-openend the public Bar in a new position with fantastic waterfront views. After a gap of 8 years, anglers and locals alike are undoubtedly appreciating this new development. Food is available at all meal times (including breakfasts) for the anglers.

On the fishing front big changes have also been occurring with a sharp drop in clarity, down to 1.3m on the secchi disk and the lowest it has been all year. Water temperature at 6ft in Gateside Bay has returned to 19C. This drop in clarity is likely to be associated with the turning over of the water column (cold nights chill the surface layers which then sink). The deeper layers are well loaded with nutrients due to the recent influx of spate water after the dry summer. The changes in the Lake’s temperature profile also had an effect on catches and there is a period of much surface activity and excellent catches – particularly now in the eastern basin Reedy Point, Hotel Bay, Road shore and Lochend. However, the recent change in clarity will probably affect catches and tactics and best methods are difficult to ascertain with the amount of practising for the international match at the Lake on Friday 9th September!

The Lake was host to the Scottish Ladies National Final on Sunday 4th. The new Champion is Abigail Leonard (2nd from left) who landed 7 fish for 14lbs. 2nd was Liz Ellison (far right) with 5 for 10lbs 8oz and 3rd was Nicky Bruce (left) with 5 for 9lbs 14oz. Ailsa Smith (2nd from right) caught the heaviest fish.


August Summary: August fished well and catches were significantly better than July 2005 or August 2004. The average boat catch for August was 4.24 fish per boat for a total weight of 8.75lbs. Fishing was predominantly around Gateside and Stable Point/ Malling Shore in the first half of the month but a marginal decrease in water temperature resulted in the catch areas spreading out and encompassing the whole Lake – with the exception of the Butts. Successful tactics varied from lures, buzzers to dry but despite the hot summer clarity remained good and the deep lines were never really popular. Surface or near surface tactics were apparently employed throughout most of the hot spell.

Club Results: Trossachs AC (3 boats) 25 fish for 49lbs, Aberdour (7 boats) 46 fish for 86lbs, Ferry Fly Dressers (5 boats) 27 fish for 53lbs, Tayside Police (4 boats) 58 fish for 116lbs, Interschools (13 boats) 85 fish for 155lbs, Fife Police (No record yet), Central Scotland Police (5 boats) 18 fish for 40lbs, Winchburgh AC (6 boats) 34 fish for 65lbs, Ladies National (13 boats) 61 fish for 128lbs.