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Fishery Report


Report 2nd October

6ft Water Temp: 16 C Secchi Disk Gateside: 2.5m

At 9lbs 1oz Jim Crawford’s fish (left) was 3oz heavier than Alec McEwan’s fish. Both taken in the same boat on the north west shores on cormorants.

Fish catches have been well spread out this week with a number of areas producing good baskets. Autumnal conditions means the fish are often lying close to the reeds and are easily spooked out of the shallow water.

Scottish Club Championships Results – sponsored by the Daily Record
In the second semi-final of the Scottish club championships on Friday 29th September, 63 anglers landed 299 fish (including 87 returned). The rod average was 4.75 fish and the average fish weight was 2lbs 2oz). The 9 qualifying teams out of the 21 entrants were (in order) St.Serfs, Soldier Palmers, Edinburgh Vets, Thack, Stirling Castle, Edinburgh Trout Anglers, Ardrossan Eglington, SANA and Kinross AC. The best bag was Ian Wilson with 9 fish for 20lbs 11oz. The winning tactics were the liberal use of cormorants close to the reeds. The final is on the 13th October.

Above – a nice resident caught by Donald Forbes. Also an eerie Menteith graveyard photo sent in by Jim Twaddle who had the story of the week; Jim caught his dropper in his top ring while attempting to net a fish. The fish then broke his line and swam off with top section of his £200 rod. Luckily his cast had in the meantime become entangled with his boat partner’s line (Ian Campbell), who managed to land the goods. Later on in the day Ian’s dropper caught in the net when he was attempting to boat his catch, the helpful Jim came to his rescue and succeeded in cutting the main line off (and the fish) – instead of the dropper.

Club Returns:
Fire Service 17 boats 108 fish for 265lbs, Lothian and Borders Police 6 boats 32 fish for 77lbs, Central Stirling Police 8 boats 26 fish for 60lbs, Edinburgh Trout Anglers 9 boats 60 fish 119lbs, Gartmore 6 boats 17 trout 43lbs, Wellington AC – 40 fish, Laurencekirk 5 boats 13 fish 31lbs. Stewarton 6 boats 14 fish for 32lbs, East Kilbride AC 7 boats 13 fish for 25lbs, Gulls Nest – No Return.

Sofa-caster and part- time competition offishiater Drew Binnie throws out a nice line in dream land (hopefully), during the recent Scottish Club Championships at the Lake. Photo supplied by A.Duck