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Menteith Fishery



20th October 2008

6ft Water Temp: 10.5C, Clarity (secchi disk): 2.0m.
Easy 4 Double Champ John Bu.

John Buchanan makes Scottish Club angling history and becomes the first angler to lift the Daily Record Champion of Champions Cup twice.


John Buchanan from Gargunnock last lifted the Champions Cup at Menteith in 1998. John was heard to say “it’s back” after he heard he was champ again. We were left to ponder whether he was referring to himself as champion or more likely the magical combination of knowledge, skill, tackle and luck that makes a champion.

John netted an incredible 18 fish for 36lbs from Shear Point to Lochend, seven more than his nearest rival. It should have been 19 but when landing one fish and trying to sort out a fankle John inadvertently cut the line to the fish – which escaped. John was fishing 4 flies on a twenty leader on a DI3 line. The rules required that he remove his booby after the first 4 fish as thereafter it was catch and release so John replaced the booby with a  fly with similar characteristics.  The other flies which he described as nymphs included the well known cormorant and cruncher patterns. The flies were fished with a slow retrieve. In 2nd place was Steve Bett from Fife Constabulary AC with 11 fish for 22lbs, 3rd place was Graham Connolly of Kahts Whisker AC with 10 fish for 21lbs 13oz. The heaviest fish (7lbs 10oz) was caught by John Paul MacIntosh of Balbeggie AC .  John Buchanan wins £200 and an HM3 rod (courtesy of the Angling Centre Stirling).

At the celebration dinner the Competition Secretary heartily thanked the participating anglers for their overwhelming generosity in donating over £2800 to date (much of the prize money as well as donations), during the heats and the final, to the Scott MacIvor/Yorkhill Sick Childrens Equipment Fund. Arnott MacWhinney of the Daily Record caused a cheer when he announced the Records continuing sponsorship of the event and thanked the ACS for the additional prizes. The Lake chairman John Ingleby added further good news with the company’s decision to hold prices steady for next year.

The Lake was stocked on Monday 20th October for the last time this season with 500 rainbows and the nets were removed from Gateside bay at 5.30pm – so the fishing is promising – depending on the weather.  There are still five boats available for the end of season Kirk and School BBQ Fundraiser - Phone 01877 385664.