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Lake of Menteith 24th July 2018
6ft Water Temperature – 19C Clarity (Secchi disc)3.m.

Water temperature at the Lake is still too high for consistent surface sport. However life being what it is - you never know what is going to happen next. The fish generally stay deep when a 6ft temperature of 18C or above is recorded. Exceptions are; when a stiff breeze is blowing and the warmer surface water is displaced down wind, when clarity is good and when there has been a recent introduction of fresh fish. All these factors were at play today and a good catch of fish was reported from the Malling Shore area on the washing line. However, I imagine Gateside bay will be the hot spot for quite a wee while to come and that it will be successfully plumbed, with everything from zonkers to buzzers while the clarity remains good.

In the SIERRA PAIRS 15 pairs of anglers competed in the Menteith heat of the Scierra Pairs competition ON Sunday 22nd July. They were met with warm overcast conditions and a wind from the south-west. All of the boats headed for Gateside Bay with most fish still being caught fairly deep down. Tactics varied from buzzers and cat bugs to larger flies such as snakes. Top pair were Andy Lennox & Greg Forrest who bagged up second at 1545hrs. Their 8 fish and time bonus amounted to 26lbs 8ozs. 2nd were Gus Armour and Tosh Storrar who finished at 1500hrs but has slightly smaller fish. Tom Leslie and Bruce Chisholm were third. Jim Doyle and Ian Wilson were fourth but as they have already qualified in a previous heat the final place at the Grafham final went to Colin McGlone and Jim Baxter. 73 fish were caught for a total weight of 175lbs 11ozs.  Heaviest fish was 3lb 12ozs and was caught by Colin McGlone and Jim Baxter. Thanks to all of the competitors and to Phil Dixon for organising the event.

Scottish Club Championship Sponsored by The Lake of Menteith, Snowbee, Lomond Group, Fly Tying Scotland, Keir Hardie Joinery and Glencairn Crystal, Heat 12 - 21st July 2018
Eleven teams took part in heat 12 of the Scottish Club Championship which was fished in near perfect weather conditions. There was good cloud cover and a good westerly breeze throughout the session with the only drawback being the water temperature at the surface.  The 33 anglers caught a total of 84 fish with the top three teams going through to the semi-finals and the top five individuals going through to the champion of champions. The top team with 17 trout for 35lbs 11.2ozs was Select FF  "B" represented by Stuart Lindsay (10 fish),  David Wales (6 fish) and Craig Hewitson (1 fish). In second place with 16 trout for 33lbs 6.7 ozs was Costa Ecosse represented by Allan McLachlan (10 fish),  John Buchanan (3 fish) and Murray Hunter (3 fish) and in third with 11 trout for 23lbs 6.3ozs was Aberdeen & District AA represented by Ernest McKay snr (6 fish),  Ernest McKay jnr (2 fish) and Paul Toseland (3 fish). Top rod on the evening with 10 fish for 21lbs 6.8ozs was Allan McLachlan of Costa Ecosse.  The heaviest fish of the night was a cracker weighing 6lbs 13.2ozs and was caught by Eck Moffat of Dalzell AC. The top team, the top individual and Eck Moffat all took their trout in Cages Bay on buzzers fished with a mixture of boobies and blobs on di7s.  Eck's big fish took a black and red buzzer. The Lomond Group provided prizes of bottles of Lomond Single Malt whisky to the captain of the top team, the top individual and the captor of the heaviest fish.

Regular local Irishman, Sam Morshead, pictured left, gave the fishery 40 bailers. Thanks Sam - a very practical gift. I am sure the anglers will really appreciate the thought as they get their boat ready for the day and that you manage to capture a lot more Lake Trout.

Above - Eck Moffat is pictured with his 7lb bow captured during the second last of the Scottish Club Champion-ship Heats