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Lake Blog 30/05/17

Secchi disk Clarity 2.9m ; Water Temperature at 6ft 16.5C.
The heat wave having past-over, the Lake is now starting to cool down but the best bags are coming from a fast glass and a lure from places like the Malling Shore, Burnmouth in Gateside and on the buzzer banks. On the day of the National heat on Friday 26th water temperature reached 19C at 6ft, but the anglers still managed to net 246 trout averaging 2lbs 6oz in weight. Top rod with 14 fish was Donnie Macbeth from Fort William fishing wet mayflies on a hover line in the Heronry and dog Isle. 2nd top James Kerr with 12 trout (including one at 7lbs and one at 5lbs). James was fishing at the Malling shore with cormorants and a fab on a buzzer line. More detail on this result at http://www.sanacc.org.uk/2017-national-heats.html.
In the Boat League on 24th May the Lake fished well with the 25 anglers catching 144 fish. Top rod of the night was one of this year’s newbies, Stuart Ingles (pictured below with bottle), from Clydebank. Stuart caught 13 fish using a midgetip line and a washing line of buzzers and boobies up in gateside bay at the burnmouth. 2nd was Bill Ramage he caught 12 fish. He was fishing up at the Plantation then Sandy bay and finally reedy point using a midge tip line with black snatchers (8 fish) and a Cats whisker. Brian McKenzie was third with 9 fish using dries.
Scottish Club Secretary’s Report from the Scottish Club Championships: In Heat 4 of the Scottish Club Championships, with the breeze picking up and dropping off to a flat calm, heavy downpours and very humid conditions this proved to be very challenging for most of the competitors (36 anglers caught 57 fish). The top three clubs progressing through to the semifinal on the 18th of august are in 1st place Househillmuir with 14 fish for 26lb 6.8oz 2nd place was Alba Orvis with 9 fish for 19lb 5.3oz and in 3rd place was Bothwell & Blantyre with 8 fish for 17lb 8.1oz . The top 5 individuals who qualified for the Champion of Champions are 1st George Cashmere 2nd Paul O’Neil 3rd Stevie Francis 4th Ian Glassford 5th Gregor Fleming. The heaviest fish on the night was caught by Bill Ramage a fine rainbow of 3lb 2.7oz. The best method on the night was midge tip lines with buzzers fabs and boobies. The top club, best individual and heaviest fish winners all received a bottle of whisky from our sponsor Loch Lomond distillery.