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Lake of Menteith Report 11/10/16
Clarity 2.8m; 6ft Water Temperature 12C.
2016 CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS ALAN SMITH
The 2016 SANACC Champion of Champions final was held on the lake today. 52 anglers competed having qualified as the best rods during the heats of the Scottish Club Championships. The weather was slightly better than the previous day with a more settled east wind coupled with cloud cover. Anglers killed their first 2 fish before going onto catch and release with each additional fish being awarded 2lbs. Larger fish were capped at a maximum weight of 4lbs. At the end of the session 355 fish were caught for a total weight of 764lbs 14.9ozs, (the total weigh would actually have been higher as many returned fish were over 2lbs and there were lots of fish capped at 4lbs). This gave a rod average of 6.83. There were no blanks and 3 fish was the lowest catch.
The winner on the day was Alan Smith of Kinross AC. He landed 13 fish for a total weight of 26lbs 4.10ozs. Alan caught his fish on a Genghis FAB on a 7 foot Cortland midge tip. He was fishing between Sam's Point and the Rookery. Alan won a Snowbee Prestige 10 foot rod, a selection of flytying materials and a bottle of Loch Lomond malt whisky. 2nd place went to Brian MacKenzie of Neilston Fly Fishers. Brian landed 12 fish for 24lbs 4.4 ozs.Brian won a Snowbee reel, Loch Lomond Whisky and fly tying materials. 3rd place went to Alan Steven of FAFA with 10 fish for 22lbs. Alan was presented with a Snowbee line, Loch Lomond Whisky and fly tying materials. Heaviest fish on the day was caught by Gregor Fleming and weighed 7lbs 14ozs. Thanks to all of the anglers who took part and to the sponsors, Snowbee, Flytying Scotland, Glencairn Crystal and Loch Lomond Distillery – and the Lake. The outgoing secretary of the Scottish Clubs, Kenny Miller was presented with 2 photographs from the fishery to thank him for his hard work and friendship during his time in the role which he had carried out since 1999. We hope to still see him regularly at the fishery.
BIG FISHPlenty of fish left to stock at the Lake and the Lake is fishing at its best at the moment. We have tipped in 450 five to seven pounders in the last week and have about 300 of the 5-7lb fish left to stock, as well as 1200 2lb stockies. These muscley fish don't come to the net easily. Stevie Docherty from Corpach boated this 6lb blue on size 14 dry, which took him to the backing and Ray Leitch from Motherwell took this resident brown on an ace of spades.