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Lake Fishing Report 13/10/15
Secchi Disk Clarity 3m 6ft water temperature 12.5C.
B8034 CLOSED THIS WEEK - 19TH TO 23RD OCTOBER (SHORE ROAD, ARNPRIOR TO THE PORT OF MENTEITH) SO GO VIA THORNHILL, CALLANDER OR ROB ROY BRAEVAL
Stuart Barclay Champion of Champions
Report by Kenny Miller
Friday saw a lovely October day with a good chance of overcast conditions coming later, and trout rising all over the beautiful Lake of Menteith. 60 anglers were to be in contention, but unfortunately 2 unlucky guys had a car breakdown on the journey to the Lake. However the remaining 58 anglers headed off into the water, with most boats going to International Bay, Chapel Site, Gravel Bank and Lochend. Again the competition was being fished on a 2 fish kill, then catch and release on an issued score card, with each netted and released trout counting as 2lb weight. At the briefing it had been pointed out that brown trout were now out of season, and would not count,
The three anglers of the winning Scottish Club team championship were out as individuals, along with 4 previous winners.
By half way it was clear hot spots in International Bay, Chapel Site and Gravel Bank had slowed down, and many boats were moving further out into the slightly deeper water half way across to either Butts Bay or Todds Hole, where trout were still showing. A total of 474 trout were caught, with 362 being released. This was for a Total weight of 1174lbs (although for the comp returned fish were assumed to be 2lbs the average weight was 2lbs 8oz). At the weigh-in it became clear that 7 anglers had catches in weight above 30lb. Many anglers on the Catch and Release card had released larger trout to 7lb in weight, although large fish caught in the first 2 fish were given a capped weight of 4lb.
At the prize dinner, a presentation was made to Martin Grantham of Angling Active, Stirling, who was handing the running of the business over to his son Chris, and who had sponsored the Scottish Club Championship competition for 12 years (over £1000 in 2015). Martin received an engraved Crystal Decanter filled with malt whisky.
Also receiving a presentation, was the angler who had caught the heaviest trout in the 13 evening heats in the "Scottish Club Championship" Phil Hunter of Airdrie Angling Club, received the "Heaviest Fish Silver Salver" and a bottle of "Famous Angler" whisky. 3rd placed angler in "Champion of Champions" was Ronnie Gilbert who had caught 15 trout for a total weight of 31lb 2oz. Ronnie received a bronze medal, returned entry fee cheque for £47, new Snowbee nano "Kelly Blue" fly line and a bottle of "Famous Angler" whisky.
2nd place fell to Derek Hessett (pictured on left) with a great catch of 17 trout weighing in at 34lb 13oz. Derek received a silver medal, a cheque for £47, a Snowbee Onyx fly reel and a bottle of "Famous Angler" whisky.
This years Champion again with a great catch of 17 trout was Stewart Barclay (from Gorebridge - pictured above on right) whose trout weighed in at 36lb 6oz. Stewart received the "Champion of Champions" trophy, a gold medal, a Snowbee Geo Nano 4 piece 10ft fly rod, a cheque for £47 and a bottle of "Famous Angler" whisky. Stewart who had moved out from International Bay, half way across to Todds Hole, in slightly deeper water, and was amongst moving trout, using a fast glass line with a team of cormorants – a black and silver.As the season heads towards its closure, Kenny would like to thank his "Scottish Club Committee" for all their work, and thank Snowbee Tackle Suppliers and Keir Hardie Joinery for their sponsorship.
Scottish club Secretary Kenny Miller is pictured below on left with a lake fish from last week.Clarity is still very good and 500 fish were stocked on Monday. Good catches have been reported for Monday and Tuesday from the Butts, Lochend and the whole of the eastern basin. Small eyed boobies on a sink tip backed up with cormorants is a proven method at the moment (as always!).
The rope will be removed this Autumn from Gateside Bay and the pens pushed ashore. Exact date TBC but around early afternoon on the 22nd looks most likely.
KIRK and SCHOOL CHARITY show stopper ON SUNDAY 1ST NOV - STILL SOME TICKETS LEFT (£45 FOR TWO includes boat BBQ and refreshments).
Remember there are road works in Thornhill – so avoid this village on your way here until the end of the week.