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Lake of Menteith 21st  Aug

6ft Water Temperature  18.5 , Clarity (Secchi disc) 1.90m.

Isla (Roger’s Dog) on left congratulates League winner James Fairlie (left), middle Roger Drapper of Bayne’s Tackle Callander and right George Whyte who finished in 2nd place.
The final heat of the Baynes Boat League was won by James Fairlie with George Whyte coming second and Sandy Boag third. James got his 5 fish on five different flies at Gateside and in the East Basin. The 22 anglers caught 28 trout. When all the results were tallied and the best of the angler’s eligible nights totalled,  James Fairlie best 9 nights gave him the League Title with 33pts (1 pt for first place, 2pts for 2nd place etc) and a cash prize of £500. In 2nd place was George Whyte from Crieff with 33pts who received £100, and third equal on 39pts and receiving £50 were Sandy Boag and Brian MacKenzie. To cap it all the Alan Ronald Memorial prize for the most sociable angler (calculated by dividing the angler’s counting score by the number of different boat partners involved in the counting score) was won by James as well, and he received a tackle voucher for £100 from Roger Drapper of Baynes Tackle as well as the fish trophy. Modest James of Houston denied he was the best angler in the league – most observers would disagree as the boat league is about consistency not luck. His secret this year? “Don’t know, trying different things”. 2012 was generally considered to be one of the best boat leagues – due to the anglers choosing different boat partners each night.  The fantastic sponsor ship of Baynes Tackle who gave out £500 worth of tackle vouchers went down well! Davie Stewart of Taste of the Trossachs generously donated the burgers and rolls on the night as well as £150 of meal vouchers for his Callander Restaurant. The Lake this year contributed £260 in prize money (thanks for all the catch and release) and £60 for the final night for refreshments. Big thanks to all the anglers who took part and paid their £20 entry fee which totalled £620. The remaining amount left in the kitty after substraction of £400 of final night prize money is £220. This amount will be donated to a charity of James Fairlie’s choice.
Some Stats: Taking all the heats, James average heat position was still top at 5.38th. In second place with an average heat position of 7.64 was George Whyte. 1003 fish were caught and release over the 15 weeks and the rod average for the whole competition was 3.29.
The Lake is fishing in all areas but perhaps Gateside Bay might be picked out as the “if all else fails spot”. Tactics have been the usual sink tip line with buoyant fly on the point (Candy Booby or Fab) and subtler flies further up the cast (crunchers, diawls, buzzers). Apparently the Red Devil (supplied by Peter Batchelor – we are sold out but I will orders some more)  was working yesterday, according to Andy Rough of Central Scotland Police who was fishing a match against Strathclyde Police (6 boats 39 fish with 3 over 5lbs). I had a grilse this morning on a silver ayrshire red devil – thanks to John Milne who gave it to me. Longannet had 3 boats and caught 11 fish for 36lbs – including one of 7lbs 3oz. Tam Ward of Cumnock had 6 for 24lbs and returned 11. Quite a few people didn’t mark in on Sunday e.g. Leslie LLanlar, Rothes Oak, Lame Ducks, Andy Dunn. Grizzlecats 8 boats 32 fish 85lbs and 38 rtd. Thack AC 6 boats 39 fish for 120lbs plus 6 returned, Gartmore AC 4 boats 13 fish plus 6 released, Cove and Kilcreggan 6 boats 36 fish 96lbs, West of Scotland AC 10 fish 37lbs 6oz versus Western AC 19 fish 63lbs with 7 boats, Jim Horne Tillicoultry 7 fish for 23lbs, LLTTNP 5 boats 9 trout for 20lbs 10oz, TAC 5.5 boats 41 trout 123lbs, Bothwell and Blantyre 8 boats 36 fish for 111, Bell and Mackenzie of Alexandria 14 fish 30lbs 8oz.

On Monday we hosted the Terrex-Addidas Team Challenge (3 men and a lady). These guys started from Stirling, ran to the Wallace monument and back, then pedalled to the Lake where they rowed to the Island and back. Then they cycled over the hills behind Gateside and up past Loch Finglass to Killin, paddled down Loch Tay via the summit of Ben Lawers………. anyway  you get the picture. Lots of strong thighs. They are somewhere over on Deeside now.

More to the point was that they reckoned on 10 minutes average to the Island and back. So next time you have a break down – you have a target – if you want the exercise.