Lake of Menteith 20th August 2019
Water Temp at 6ft 16C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.3m
The temperature at 6ft has dropped considerably in the last couple of weeks and the fish are spreading back out from the Inchmahome/Gateside Deeps. Best areas recently noted have been Gateside Bay, Malling shore and Lochend. The optimal tactic that I know of is a sink tip washing line type set up.
Douglas Fraser snapped this eager angler on Sunday. We keep a careful record of cormorant numbers during the year. We were blessedly absent of cormorants from April till August. In the first week of August, 2 were counted. We now have 3 in residence this week.
On the competition scene; congratulationsw to Fly Box A, Tartan Tyers A, Lintrathen B, Neilston FF A, Lintrathen A, RAF Fish Hawks, Balfron Piscatorials, Grimm Anglers, Alba Orvis A and Soldier Plamers in Qualifying for the Scottish Club Championship Final on the 27th September and good luck to the second semi contenders this Friday. The catch last Friday of 600 fish by the 60 anglers was a bit of an eye opener – especially with the mean weight being 2lbs 12.3oz and an individual catch of 25 trout from Scott Aitken.
For information we have reserved Thursday 26th September as a practice day and qualifying clubs can phone/text the fishery and reserve 1 ½ boats on this day and also apply to be put on the waiting list for any free boats. Any unbooked club final boats will be come available for public booking on the 9th September.
With regards to the National Championship, there are 5 days left to book a practice space and put your name down for any left over boats on the two days prior (12th and 13th Sept) to the National Final at the Lake. After the 25th August we will make any unused boats generally available.
2019 Menteith boat league Facts and Figures and Sponsorship.
Bill Ramage was winner of the 18th Boat League. There were 28 anglers fishing this year’s boat league and they caught a total of 1546 fish over the 14 weeks; averaging 5.27 fish per rod per night – up on last year’s 4.1 fish per rod. There was £700 of prize money allocated and £142 for charity on the final night.
TOTAL SPONSORSHIP INCLUDING HEAT PRIZES AND FINAL AWARDS WAS £2252.
The Lake sponsored the Competition to the tune of £652. The anglers donated £520 in registration fees. Successful competition Angler Michael Low sponsored the competition with 720 flies of his flies worth £1080. We look forward to next years event and we ask anglers who competed to contact the fishery by email with ideas for improvements for next year. We will then put the best ideas to a secret ballot.