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Lake of Menteith 12th Sept
6ft Water Temperature 14C, Clarity (Secchi disc) 1.7m .
The Lake is currently fishing well and the hot spots are difficult to pin point. Areas doing well are; Gateside, Reedy Point, Hotel Bay, International Bay, Lochend and the Heronry (just about everywhere!). They tell me the Ospreys have already arrived back in Africa and that might not be a bad place to be over Thursday and Friday as wind speeds are set to high for later Thursday and Friday but hopefully calm by Saturday for the National.
Scottish Club Championship Report by Kenny Miller
Friday 7th was a lovely day at Lake of Menteith and 19 three man teams were competing in the 1st Scottish Club Championship semi final, of which 5 were previous winners. The fishing was tremendous and the quality of the trout exceptional. 334 trout were caught, and 221 were returned by the 57 anglers. This was the normal competition format of 2 fish kill for the table and catch and release thereafter. Each released trout to count as 2 lb weight. The following teams qualified for final on 28th September.
Kinross "A" 27 trout for 57lb 7oz, Rothes Oak 26 trout for 56lb, Rainbow Warriors 25 trout for 53lb 13oz, Balfron Piscatorials 22trout for 51lb 9oz, Neilston F.F. 23 trout for for 49lb 8 oz, Clan Chiefs "A" 19 trout for 42lb 12oz, Dunfermline Railway 18 trout for 41lb 11oz, Strathleven "A" 18 trout for 40lb 13oz, Townhill 18 trout for 39lb 2oz and Grizzlecats 18 trout for 37lb 10oz. Knocked out were: Strathclyde Police 15 trout for 34lb 10oz, Crieff"B" 14 trout for 32lb 12oz, Kinross "B" 13 trout for 32lb 11oz, Rescobie Loch 13 trout for 30lb 3oz, Lothian &Borders Police 13 trout for 29lb 12oz, Strathleven F.F. 12 trout for 29lb 2oz, Ayr Travellers 13 trout for 29lb, Bridge of Allan 13 trout for 28lb and East Kilbride 8 trout for 20lb 4 oz. Best Basket Allan Smith of Kinross "A" Angling Club with 14 trout for 28lb 2 oz. Allan (pictured right) was in Reedy Bay to Hotel bay using a Cortland line with 2 boobies and a red diawl bach and black and gold buzzer in between.
Martin Wood from Grangemouth ( left) had a nice brace of trout in his catch – a 5lb rainbow and this 3 ½ lb brown trout on a red diawl bach. Ian Drummond from Glasgow also netted a nice brownie of a similar weight on a red quill buzzer in his weighed basket of 3 fish for 12lbs 6oz (he returned two). Interschools 6 boats 43 trout 94lbs and 9 rtd, D&G Police 8 boats 27 fish 75lbs and 7 rtd. Gareth Longden of Fintry landed these two (pictured right) of 4 ¾ and 4 1/2 lbs on a black hopper muddler and a black fritz from the roadshore and Sam’s point.Stanley AC 5 boats 33 trout 83lbs, Trades House 8 boats 22 fish 56lbs, Grizzlecats 7 boats 28 fish 69lbs and 59 returned. SPPM 6 boats 32 fish 101lbs and 7 rtd, Potters Bar no return, Scotsman Pensioners 2 boats 11 fish 33lbs, Northern Police 4 boats 23 trout 63lbs, RAF Northern League 7 boats 24 fish 59lbs. Thomas Cartwright and Ian Riddicks from Ayrglass fishing club (newly formed) had 8 for 21lb from boat 4.
Thomas Cartwright was on his first visit to the Lake and said he would be back ASAP - which is nice to hear.
Well Done Scotland
It is nice to see that we excel not only at tennis but also fishing! Scotland won the recent Loch Fly Fishing International at Llyn Brenig in Wales. They deserved their gold medals with a tremendous catch of 52 trout for 72lb 3oz. This was 14 fish ahead of England who took silver with 38 trout for 52lb 2oz. Ireland were third with 32 trout for 45lb 10oz and Wales were fourth with 18 trout for 23lb 9oz.
The Scottish team filled the top three individual places with the Brown Bowl for the top individual going to John Buchanan with 9 trout. John (from Gargunnock) is pictured below (centre) with Michael Callaghan (IFFA President) and Ian Campbell (IFFA Secretary).