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Menteith Fishery



Lake of Menteith Report 30th March

Water temperature at 6ft 8C Clarity on Secchi disc 2m. A breezy first week with some strong north and west winds - but the lakes many sheltered drifts meant that fishing was still possible. The best drifts have been Reedy Point to Hotel Bay, The Butts to Lochend and Gateside Bay. Anglers have been opting for fairly heavy lines (to get down quickly in the strong winds) and usually lures. The bi-colour blob, white cat and dancer have been used to good effect but recently there have been significant buzzer hatches and smaller darker flies have been effective. On Friday 26th an outing of TroutandFly.com came to the Lake from all Airt and Pairts for a friendly get together of the forum participants (see group photo below right) and £745 was raised for CHAS. Thanks to Linda Straghan(below left - on right) for organising the outing and George the Forum Godfather and all the other generous people who contributed to the most enjoyable day. The 30 boats caught over 100 fish with most being returned.



On Sunday the Scottish Disabled International squad had a practice and caught and caught 16 fish with 4 boats. The best was the over wintered specimen of 5 ½ lb landed by Jim Crawford from Ayrshire (below left).  Other club results; Heron FF 3 boats 18 fish for 31lbs 1rtd, Rothes Oak 5 boats 19 fish for 36lbs, Ardgowan 5 boats 13 fish for 28lbs, Dalziell AC 6 boats 24 fish for 47lbs, IBM 37 fish for 70lbs, BOS East 4 boats 13 fish 28lbs.





Below is one of the best looking pike to come out of the Lake – a 29lb 1oz (it looks bigger) giant landed by Dave Morris of the Pike Anglers Alliance Scotland. The biggest Pike of the winter (36lbs) was caught by Scott Davidson of PAAS and pictures are on their way.