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Lake of Menteith Report 19/07/16
6ft Water Temperature 15.5C , Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.8m.
CATCH RETURN ENTICEMENT
We are introducing a trial scheme to help remind anglers to fill out a catch return. The plan is to select randomly a catch return from the sheets every fortnight and award them a free catch and release boat. The winner will be posted in these reports and on facebook. Random numbers (0-14) for the day will be selected on a computer, then a random number (0-30) will be chosen to select the boat number on that day. If this number exceeds the boats rented on that day then a correction will be made.
Clarity is still relatively good at 2.8m and the temperature was a cool 15.5C at 6ft yesterday. Everybody seems to be off on holiday and the lake has some nice quieter days at the moment. Some 1000 bigger than average fish going in today and later in the week.
Baynes Tackle Callander and Southside Decorator Boat League
In the evening boat league the 27 anglers netted 81 fish. It was apparently a challenging evening for most with the exceptions of Messrs. Ramage and Galloway who captured 11 and 10 on the white rammy cat and diawl bachs in Gateside and on the Malling Shore. 3rd was league leader Brian MacKenzie who caught his 6 on dries and boobies. Steven Francis collected the Baynes of Callander Tackle Shop Voucher , Jim Donnelly got the Southside Decorator’s bottle of malt and the Lake’s 50th Merchandise item was claimed by Andy smith.
Jim Donnelly was out last weekend and had a double hookup at Stable point, on dries, managed to get this one in (estimated 10lb) and safely returned.
Scottish club Championship by K.Miller
Heat 11 of Scottish Club Championship at lovely Lake of Menteith would prove to be a real cracker. 15 teams were in contention with holders Neilston FF and 7 other previous heat winners involved. Renowned team Soldier Palmers were back after a few years, and up and coming young guns Future Fly Fishers were in the pack. At end of the night 143 trout had been caught with 68 being returned, for a total weight of 289.2.5oz. 6 teams had weighed in over 20lbs weight of trout. Present silver salver holders Neilston Fly Fishers trio of Jim Litster, Brian MacKenzie and Tom Burnett took first place with a great catch of 23 trout for 44lb 11.2 oz. Runner up team Dows Fly Fishing Club of Abigail Montgomery, John Buchanan and David Mateer had 14 trout for 29lb 11.6oz. 3rd place to Soldiers Palmers team of messrs Rattray, Maestri and McEwan with 12 trout for 23lb 4.7oz edging into the spot by a 3oz margin from Bucks Head Fly Fishers. Previous winners Change Fly Fishers "B" had to settle for 5th place with 11 trout for 21lb 10.2oz. Top 5 rods qualifying for Champion of Champions final were:-
1st place Jim Litster Neilston FF 10 trout for 19lb 14oz 2nd place Brian MacKenzie Neilston FF with 7 trout for 13lb 9.5 oz 3rd place John Buchanan Dows FFC with 7 trout for 13lb 8.2oz 4th place to John Maestri Soldiers Palmers with 7 trout for 13lb 4.8oz 5th place to Ray Anderson Change FF "B" with 6 trout for 12lb 11oz. Reserve place for Champion of Champions to Wullie Cowan ABC&D with 6 trout for 11lb 5.5oz. Heaviest trout on the night was a beauty of 6lb 12.8oz caught by Bucks Head FF angler Andy Smith. Team captains of winning team, runners up, captor of best basket and heaviest trout all received commemorative anniversary Lake of Menteith bottles of whisky and beer. Jim Litster caught his trout at International Bay, Stable Point and Cages Bay using a slow glass line and hoppers.