Lake of Menteith 7th Aug 2018
6ft Water Temperature – 14C Clarity (Secchi disc)3.1m.
Water temperature continues to drop quickly and now stands at 14C at 6ft. At this temperature fish activity isn’t restricted by oxygen availability while metabolic activity is high due to the temperature. The fish are therefor HUNGRY again and are present in the top layers of the water column. Quite a few prolific catches being reported (25+ on dries, diawls and lures) from Reedy point to Gateside Bay and the Burnmouth, round Malling Shore to the Gap and into the Butts. The westerlies mean that the warm water is deeper on the eastern shores but hopefully the east basin will switch on again anytime. We stocked today with 500 plus 2lb fish with another stocking due on Friday.
If something firm hits you on the back of the heid the next time you are at the fishery there is a small chance (hopefully infinitesimally small) it will be our new fast boat. It could be useful for scaring cormorants and recovering breakdowns….Big thanks to Alex McLelland of Clarkston for donating it to the Lake. He is currently unable to drive but if anyone is coming up from that area and would like to give him a lift he would be very appreciative and the fishing would be free. Give me a phone if you are interested.
Speaking of BOAT HANDLING
I think it is worth-while that we let some of you into a wee secret - how to safely dock your boat on a crowded beach. It seems to be the norm to point your boat at a gap then turn round and try and get the engine up – at all costs. This method more often than not results in another boat or engine already on the beach getting rammed. Luckily most folk are going slow so no damage is done but a repair to the transom is never as good as before and new engine casings are hundreds of pounds.
LAKES RECOMMENDED METHOD FOR BEACHING YOUR BOAT
- Slow down – you don’t really get much further by gunning it up the beach.
- Don’t put your boat into neutral on approach and try to lift as the engines don’t lift in neutral.
- Kill the engine whilst it is STILL IN FORWARD GEAR and leave the engine DOWN.
- This means you still have steering as you approach your slot and fine adjustments can be made. The engine if it does hit the bottom, will bounce harmlessly up (as long as it is still in forweard gear) on the sand and gravel.
- Once the boat is grounded and at a standstill. Now is the time to LIFT THE ENGINE, as this means the boat can be pushed out without the engine jamming.
Most people are SAVVY with boat etiquette at the Lake but one angler wrote to me saying his day had been spoiled by other boats encroaching too close - recently. If this happens to you please take the boat number and we will have a conversation with the driver to make sure he is aware of the code. You shouldn’t really pass any closer than 50m in front of another boat and it should be more like 75m before you feel remotely comfortable fishing in front of them. If you are hemmed in then all you can do is very slowly motor out.