||WEEKLY FISHERY REPORT|
Boat bookings: Tel.01877 385 664
6ft Water Temp: 9.5C, Clarity (secchi disk): 2.0m.
The two hotspots are Gateside Bay and Lochend. Lochend was fairly churned up after the recent gale but should now have settled out. A Di 3 to Di 8 in the cages with a short leader and booby has worked in Gateside in the deeper water. Some fish seemed to have followed the pens in when they were pushed ashore and a drift along side is definitely worthwhile. There are still five boats available for the end of season Kirk and School BBQ Fundraiser on Sunday. The burgers, sausages lamb and venison have been procured (the latter by Champ John Buchanan) and with light winds forecast for the weekend – the prospects are good - Phone 01877 385664 to book.
NICE CHANGE FOR CHILDRENS’ HOSPICE AND YOUTH FISHING - AT THE LAKE
Top right: Kevin McCabe of Change AC; Left: Jock Kettles of Change AC and Elma Nisbet, from the Fisheries, running the raffle. Bottom right: Alistair Mair manages the “Cormorants” youth fishing club.
The Lake was host to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland and Youth Fishing Fundraiser on the 21st October. Competition Co-organiser Kevin McCabe founder and secretary of the successful CHANGE Angling Club got all his club members involved in raising sponsorship and this combined with a healthy number of collecting Lake regulars, ensured that a fantastic some was raised - £4472 for CHAS and £1664 for youth angling projects (a 75:25 split), giving a grand total of £6436. The total was topped up by Alisdair Mair’s generous act of donating his £300 raffle win and by some generous acts of sponsorship notably Kevin McCabe and Ian Coutts who were the top sponsorship providers. Change AC have won a lot of angling prizes this year (rods, reels, cash etc) all were kept and donated to the raffle. Ian Coutts spoke of the great work that CHAS does and Alisdair Mair talked about his work promoting youth fishing. He was over the moon with the amount raised, which will be a tremendous assistance in helping young people to access fishing opportunities.
Cormorants Shield and Tam Denham Memorial Chase
In the recent end of season fish off for the youth angling club the “Cormorants”, Nicky Batchelor from Glasgow (centre) was the most consistent throughout the year and collected the Tam Denham Chase Cup. Tam, who was a big supporter of young people’s fishing, also left most of his fishing tackle to the Cormorants and this was handed out at the end of the day - a poignant moment for us all. The winner of the Cormorant Shield for the Day’s Fishing was again Nicky Batchelor with 8 fish for 17lbs 7oz. James (on the right) and Max MacInstrie (left) from Kippen finished 2nd and 3rd with 4 and 3 fish repectively.
Menteith Pairs Challenge
In the Menteith Pairs Challenge Cormorant Champion’s dad Peter Batchelor ( left) fishing with boat partner Donald Forbes ( right) won the day with 10 fish for 23lbs – they were fishing Di5s Di7s and boobies in the cages. 2nd were Laurie Taylor and Robin Smith with 8 fish for 16lbs 12oz and 3rd Dougie Inglis and Davie Paterson with 7 fish for 16lbs 4oz. Heaviest fish of 6lbs 4oz was caught by D.Paterson from Stenhousemuir. The 26 boats landed 65 fish for 135lbs. Comp organiser Kenny Miller (centre) and the anglers raised £200 for Yorkhill Hospital Children’s Equipment Fund and a further £200 for the Scottish Angler’s National Association. Q.G.