April Results at the Lake 2005
Catches at Menteith were a fantastic 5.6 fish per boat (6.5 if released
fish are included) for 13.2lbs (or 15.3lbs). Average fish weight was 2lbs
6oz. 13% of fish were recorded as released and it is this factor that
has helped to boost catches to record levels.
Weekly report issued 10th May 2005
Water temperature has dropped back to 10C and clarity excellent at 3m
on the Secchi disk. North and Nor’West winds combined with the clarity
and bright sunshine made catching hard over the weekend. However sport
improved drastically on Monday when windspeed was reduced and some cloud
cover arrived. A lot of anglers did exceedingly well on lures and buzzers.
The hot spots are generally still down wind, i.e. the shore road, Lochend
and the Butts. If it is dull, fishing can be great near the surface but
in bright conditions it will certainly pay to go deeper and disguise the
line. Some fine jaggy tailed on grown fish have been caught as these two
specimens (Captors: D.Paterson on left and T.Ward) from Mondays catch
Club Results: Scottish Civil Service Chamionship
21 boats 138fish for 300lbs, SCSC 24 boats 156 fish 270lbs, Pencaitland
AC 10 boats 16 fish 31lbs, Edinburgh Medical 5 boats 1 fish 3lbs.
Scottish Club Championships Results: The first
heat of the Scottish club championships sponsored by the Daily Record
and Bowmore Whisky was held on the evening of .7th May . 16 three men
teams caught 63 fish for 127lbs on a cold windy night. Qualifying teams:
1st were Grizzlecats B with 14 fish for 32lbs, 2nd were Roscobie Loch
with 6 fish for 14lbs and 3rd were Newtyle and Meigle with 6 fish for
13lbs 8oz. Individuals through to the Champion of Champions are 1st D.Ingles,
2nd M.Millen, 3rd D.Milne and 4th B.Frazer. Biggest fish – D.Milne
A recent capsizing incident
at another fishery but involving similar boats to those at Menteith serves
to highlight why anglers wear lifejackets. A boat under-power hit a large
wave, swerved and an angler and seat slipped off the gunnels and fell
into the wrong side of the boat. The boat overturned. Anglers should not
sit on boat seat and motor under power and must wear life jackets.
The Lake of Menteith Hotel has received planning permission
for their new angler’s bar which will also serve snacks breakfasts
etc. It is estimated that this facility will be ready around July 2005.