||WEEKLY FISHERY REPORT|
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The Water temperature has dropped to 15.5C and the clarity at Gateside is 2.4m. Dry fly continues to be the order of the day at the Lake with fish feeding heavily on heather fly. Best areas in the recent strong westerlies have been Gateside Bay, Shear Point, Arnmach Point/Butts and the Malling shore.
LAKE LEAGUE Champ Ian Skilling wins £800 for the charity of his choice.
The last heat was won by John Hood but Ian Skilling put in another reliable performance which was enough to secure the League Title. Ian is pictured on the left with Martin Grantham of Angling Centre Stirling which sponsored the £1000 worth of heat prizes. On the right is Tom Taggart, the winner of the Alan Ronald Memorial Trophy for the biggest fish caught during the competition (4lbs 12oz).
On the final reckoning, Ian finished on 30 points and collected £150 pounds and the trophy. In second place was Andy Mackay on 41 points. Third placed was the winner from the last two years - Andy Dunn.
Ian was understandably delighted to nominate Childrens Hospice Association Scotland to receive the angler's competition entry fees. His daughter Ashley is a recipient of care at Robin house, and he knows how important the centre is to many Scottish families.
Painter Ian from Shotts (who reckons he is around 45) told me he had stuck to the same tactics for all of the 14 heats. Washing line on a ghost tip with two diawl bachs (a size 10 and a 12) and a booby on the tip were deployed each evening. He was happy for us to show you his winning pattern (left). It was Ian's third shot at the Boat League but he has been visiting the Lake for 15years. He told us that at the start of the league, Chalet Bay was the place to be. Mid League - Kates Brae came on, and for the final outings all the action was at Gateside. When asked what his secret was, apart from staying with the same tactics - finding the fish is critical. The Key is to watch out for bending rods as well as rising fish and move in behind boats that are catching fish.
SANA OPEN FINAL RESULTS
This years SANA Open Singles Champion is Kenny Millar from Airdrie (on left). Kenny landed 11 fish but only the first 8 fish counted (4 fish for the weigh in and four fish on catch and release). He got all his fish on dries (mainly elk hair sedges) in Gateside Bay. In the Pairs Competition Kenny Millar and Peter Edge (pictured on right with SANA Secretary Alistair Wallace central) are the new Champions. Peter got his fish at shear Point, mainly on dries. The 25 boats weighed in 139 fish for 295lbs and returned a further 37. In Second place in the singles was Jim Mackie form Motherwell and Campell Morgan was 3rd placed (all 3 caught and returned the limit). 2nd in the Pairs were Campbell Morgan and Donalsd Forbes. 3rd Placed were S.Corsar and T.Graham.
Fort William 6 boats 48 fish 104lbs, Heriots 7 boats 18 fish 38lbs and 27rtd, Falkirk fly Dressers 6 boats 46 fish 92lbs, St.Mungo 43 fish 89lbs, Rowbank 9 boats 55 fish 113lbs, Bridge of allan 6 eve boats 22 fish 48lbs.
Next week A summary of the catch data for the season so far.