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Weekly report issued 7th November 2005



Lake Kirk and School Day

The last day of trout fishing at the Lake in 2005 was held on Sunday 6th November. This is a charity fundraising day organised by the fishery staff and Port Primary school PTA. A fine, and unexpectedly dry day, saw 40 boat-loads ply the waves and sample the delights of homemade soup, barbeque, raffle and a singing performance from the local primary school kids - ably coached by new head Teacher David Scott and with musical accompaniment from Mrs Scott. The school plans to use the funds to purchase an interactive computer generated “blackboard”.

All the proceeds from the fishing permits (£880) were donated to the Port Kirk and School by the fisheries board. In all, over £1800 pounds was raised and the fishery staff and PTA would like to thank all those who donated so kindly to make the raffle and barbeque such a success. Notably the Lake of Menteith Fisheries Board, Aberfoyle Butcher, Alastair Beaton, The Lake Hotel, Lion and Unicorn Hotel, Forth Inn, Tescos, Frank Bogey and John Buchanan. Thanks also to the numerous anglers who also donated to the raffle and for attending the event - and for the divine weather (see above).

Pike Angling: The Pike Anglers Alliance Scotland (PAAS) had one of their two annual outings on the Lake on Saturday 5th November. This event was a lure only day. 146 fish were caught and all were returned by the 48 anglers. The biggest fish landed was a 23 ½ lb beauty – caught by Spencer Burgo of Newcastle. The weight distribution of the catch was as follows; 59 pike less than 6lb, 43 pike were between 6 and 10lbs, 44 pike were between 10 and 20lbs and 2 pike were greater than 20lbs. Interestingly for the trout anglers a beautifull 13lb trout was recorded in the catches - it took a lure about 9 inches long and was returned fit and well for another day.

For boat bookings telephone 01877 385664. Further information and email at, or write to Lake of Menteith fisheries, Ryeyards, Port of Menteith, Stirling FK8 3RA.