Clarity 3.6m and 6ft Water temperature 13 C
Clarity remains very good and temperature has remained static at 13C thanks to some cold nights. The shallows of the South East Basin remain the obvious hotspot with all bar one boat heading there on Saturday night. Big buzzer hatches are still taking place (predominantly black and 10-12mm in length). Top catch method has been the sink tip washing line (fab or booby on the point and buzzers below) or straight lining buzzers on a floater. Catches mainly on the buzzers but dries and booby have also been effective.
Scottish Club Championships - Report by Kenny Miller.
Sat night in Heat 4 saw 15 teams in competition and 45 anglers caught 167 fish. 57 fish were weighed in for 149lbs 8oz, giving an average weight of 2lbs 10oz. Around 9 p.m. I saw the biggest rise of trout I have ever witnessed at Lake of Menteith (and that is no mean achievement for the Lake – ed). In a great competition, first place went to Cupar A.C. with 30 trout for 63lb 5oz, 2nd place to Clan Chiefs with 25 trout for 53lb 4 oz and 3rd place to Rowbank A.C. with 18 trout for 37lb 11 oz. These clubs progress to the semi final 23rd August. Top 5 rods going to the "Champion of Champions" were Sandy Robertson Jnr Cupar A.C. 16 trout (pictured left, on left), 2nd Marcus Smith Clan Chiefs 14 trout, 3rd place Shane Kelly Hawick A.C. 12 trout, 4th place Eric Fox Edinburgh Civil Service with 10 trout and 5th place to Sandy Robertson Snr with 9 trout (pictured left, on right). Heaviest fish on night was a rainbow of 5lb 12 oz caught by Falkirk Municipal angler Rick Wilson.
Left; stand in boatman Paul Garner photographed this 7lb 4oz troot on Sunday but forgot the angler’s name. I have watched this guy growing older over the years but didn’t know either. Please identify yourself sir and collect 5 free flies by way of an apology. Paul tells me there is a rare nearly all black swan on the Lake – keep your eyes peeled and camera handy.
Early Season Lake Stats
During March and April, angler numbers were a little down on last years number, largely due to cancelled fishing as a consequence of wind or ice. Given the cold start to the season numbers were surprising high on some days! The Mar/April stats were 8.8 fish caught for 20lbs 11oz and on comparing with last year I was surprised that last years data for the start of the season showed an average boat catch of 10.1 fish. On checking the data I found a wee mistake (sincere apologies) in the spread sheet and last years catch data for March/April was revised down to 7.7 fish per boat for 19lbs 3oz. Which mean that average catches for this start to the season has been the best ever (honestly)! Although as pointed out to me at a recent angling dinner, the fish are smaller this year. Aye by 2 ½ ounces – who needs scales, but watch this space and ol’ glittery shoulder is still under the pens - a 20 ponder waiting to break somebody.
Left; Sean McCaffery from Scalloway came down to compete and win the Scottish Sea Farms Angling Trophy.
Below; my new compact telephoto picked out the Invicta Ladies manoeuvring in a squall. Carolyn Shaftoe is on the tiller.
In the third night of the Boat League – sponsored by Baynes’ Tackle Callander. Last years Champion James Fairlie was top rod with 15 fish. George Whyte was in second place with 14. James and George were in the same boat over at the butts on midge tips using diawl bachs and cormorants. The 23 anglers caught 106 fish.
Tillicoultry AC 2 boats 12 fish 25lbs plus 30 rtd, Bridge of Allan 3 ½ boats 22 fish 56lbs plus 25rtd, Leven Fly Casters 3 boats 60 rtd, North Berwick 4 boats 17 fish 43lbs plus 20 rtd, Crownfly fishers 8 boats 137rtd, Priory 5 boats 34 fiush 76lbs plus unkown returned*, Perth CSSC 3 boats 19 fsih 54 rtd, Glasgow Accies 8 boats 40 fish, Milngvie 4 boats 17 fish 43lbs plus 21rtd, Cormorants 6 boats 55 fish.
Please remember to fill in your catch returns - including released fish. This information is important to assess stocking requirements and for anglers to assess catches (wee have a little black book).
Artist Ryan Litster has donated his fine drawing of this corner of the Lake to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
The drawing is on display in the permit office and is to be raffled. Tickets available from Lake staff.
There will be no stocking this week until Friday 31st – after the SANAC heat.