Lake of Menteith 22nd May
6ft Water Temperature 14C , Clarity (Secchi disc) 1.85m.
6ft Water temperature has come up 2 degrees in a day and finally we are approaching something like a seasonal water temperature. However the variety of our weather is astonishing – it was on the 23rd May last year that we had a severe gale which felled so many trees. Just how this affects the fishing is anybody’s guess, however it is likely to initiate large scale buzzer hatches all round the water – not just in the shallow and warmer regions of Tods Hole and the Butts. The Lake extends a warm welcome to all competitors in the Ladies Home International Event which takes place on the 24th May. I believe the ladies require a few more boatman for this match. Please get in touch if you fancy a day out in glorious weather!
In the Scottish Police National on the 17th, David Mateer (left) of Northern Constabulary was top rod with 15 fish, 5 ahead of his nearest rival. David got most of his fish in Gateside Bay. The 70 competitors caught 267 fish for 631lbs (incl. returned fish – number returned awaited).
In the Scottish Club Championships, sponsored by GROUSE Whisky and ANGLING ACTIVE, 48 anglers caught 118 fish for 254lbs, 57 of these were returned. Top team were Clan Chiefs (red jackets) L to R Ronnie Mather, Marcus Smith and Pete Moir, with 23 fish for 48lbs. Also qualifying were Strathclyde Police and Leslie and Glenrothes. Top bag on the night and qualifying for the champion of champions was Alan Hill with 12 fish (2nd from left), 2nd top was Ronnie Mather. These two were sharing a boat in the Butts and Gravel Pits and were fishing floating lines with pearly wets and dries. Also qualifying were John Kelly, Pete Moir, Gary Mackinnon. Heaviest fish (3lb 8oz) was caught by Kenny McClymont (above left) of Adrossan Eglington. The competition is fished to a 2 fish kill then catch and release. Another great turn out for the Scottish Club Championships with over 190 three man teams entering the competition in 2012. Well done Kenny Millar and Committee!
Friends of Tom Neil (pictured left on left with Hugh Lusk on right – in 2008) remarked that the local fish populations could rest a little easier with the passing away of Tom last Friday night. Tom who fished with Kelvinside AC, will be sadly missed on the angling scene. He was 91. Funeral arrangements are Friday 1.15pm in Renton Trinity Church.
In the second Heat of the BAYNES TACKLE (Callander) Boat League, George Whyte from Crieff netted 16 fish in the Butts using a 3ft midge tip and a fast and even figure of eight retrieve. He was fishing a cat booby on the point and buzzers. In second place was Mark Steven with 12 and Ronnie Robb with 11. Winners of the Heat receive a £25 Bayne’s Voucher and a free breakfast in Callander’s Taste of the Trossach’s Restaurant. After two heats, George currently lies in first position with James Fairlie second. The 21 anglers netted 111 fish - mainly returned.
My friends in the aquaculture feed industry tell me that recent trials have conclusively proven that it is now possible, as a result of technological developments in feed processing, to make salmon (and trout) feed from totally fish free ingredients and achieve similar growth, digestibility and food conversion to diets containing marine ingredients. This could decrease the competition for the fish in the sea and make this group of Puffins (pictured on a sail to the Treshnish Isles last weekend) and our migratory fish, a little happier.
Guillemot Colony Treshnish
The other end of the Giant's Causeway
Another lake moment from Colin Riach
Please where possible can you use/recycle your own clean plastic bags to keep your fish in – as oor bag bill is getting large. Used cloth bass bags are not allowed at the fishery.