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Menteith Fishery



19th August 2008

6ft Water Temp: 16.5C, Clarity (secchi disk): 2.2m . Hot Spots – just about anywhere; Gateside, Malling, Sandy Bay, Rookery, Hotel Bay and the Roadshore. Top tactics: Nymphing/buzzers/blobs.

The years Scottish Angler’s National Association Open Fly Fishing Singles Champion is Martin Smith (pictured right) from Perth. Martin was fishing in the Kates Brae area with a 20 foot leader, midge tip line and 4 buzzers? and captured 8 fish for 18lbs 4oz. 2nd was Dougie Inglis from Ayrshire with 8 fish for 17lbs 2oz and 3rd Kevin McCabe (pictured on left) of East Lothian with 8 fish for 16lbs 4oz. Kevin McCabe was using similar tactics to Martin but was fishing in Hotel Bay.

The Pairs event was won by Kevin McCabe and Martin Smith with 16 fish for 34lbs 8oz. 2nd placed pair were  Ken Oliver and Iain Campbell with 13 fish and 3rd Andy Boylan and Dougie Inglis with 11 fish. The prizes and trophies were presented by SANA President Ronnie Picken who thanked Competition Organiser Ian Campbell of Dunkeld for all his hard work. In all the 42 competitors weighed in 109 fish for 277lbs and returned a further 35, giving a rod average of 3.4 fish per angler.

Another Great Summer for Fishing! The catch statistics for June for a 2 man boat 8hr session was 5.3 fish for 12.6 lbs (4.3 fish for 9.2lbs in June 2007). In July the catch average for a 2 man boat 8hr session was 4.4 fish for 10.6lbs (4.7 fish for 11.2lbs in July 2007). Over the last two years the catch rate has not dipped in the summer months – probably because there hasn’t been much of a summer…………..
Club Catches
St. Mungo 9 boats 30 fish for 80lbs, Rowbank 10 boats 69 fish for 145lbs, RAF 8.5 boats 55 fish for 133lbs, Balbeggie 8 boats 23 fish for 56lbs, West Linton AC 6 boats 13 fish for 31lbs, Edinburgh PO 7 boats 16 fish for 36lbs, Falkirk Fly Dressers 6 boats 28 fish 72lbs, Menteith Ospreys 3 boats 15 fish for 33lbs & 24rtd.