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Lake of Menteith 28th Aug
6ft Water Temperature  17C,
Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.6m (on 27th).

In the last 24hrs heavy rain has raised the loch by about 9 inches and may well have affected clarity which was the day before a clear 2.6m. Some great catches recently as the photos below show. This topper captured (and released) by Craig Cowan of Fife based Hedgehogs AC was (Craig later thought and I agree) perhaps underestimated at 9lbs. It might explain the reported sighting of a basking shark in the Lake. It was caught in Gateside on a midge tip and diawl bach on the 18th August. The Lake has (as usual!) been fishing well with top areas generally being Gateside, Stable Point, Malling shore and Lochend – although immediately after a stocking you can pick fish up just about anywhere. Top tactics have been various. Peter Batchelor did well on his dry fly pattern the Claret F-wing, which he says works equally well when submerged. Otherwise the sink tip line remains the angler’s first choice line patterns reported to be doing well in conjunction with it were pink booby yellow eyes, candy booby, diawls, buzzers and crunchers. Paul O’Neill did well on his “Cataract Booby”. The heather fly may appear anytime now if conditions permit.

We are now phasing in fish from the cages which are about 1.9lbs average weight as well as continuing to stock the larger (2-4lb) fish from the ponds. This means there is a now a greater size variation in the Lake than there has been for a month or two and will make forthcoming competitions all the more interesting!

July Stats: The average weight of fish for the month was 3lbs and the average 2 man boat catch including released fish was 5.7 fish for 16.9lbs. The percent of fish recorded as released was 41%.

 

 

 

 

Mike Forbes of of Helensburgh AC with a 5lb fish from the Rookery reeds caught on a dry daddy.

 

 

 

National Practice Boats
Elma is in the process of going through the list of those who have reserved a boat on the two days before the national and will be in a position to release boats from the Thursday (and maybe Friday) shortly.

Jim Evans form Clackmannan caught the one below on a pink booby and floating line at Gateside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notable Catches
T. Ward and J.Davey of Cumnock 6 fish for 24lbs and 11 rtd, Longannat  3 boats 11 fish for 35lbs , incl. one at 7lbs 3oz, Central Polis 6 boats 26 trout for 111lbs and 13rtd (who added this up), Gillespie and Gillespie of Edinburgh 4 fish for 11lbs and 6 rtd, Glasgow and District 12 boats 129 trout for 348lbs; Winners Rowbank. Davie Paterson had a good day with 8 to his rod – all returned, as did S.Docherty from Corpach with 9 fish. Haggis Club 4 boats 16 trout 35lbs, Donnie MacBeth form the Fort (William) and Partner had 5 fish for 14lbs 10 and rtd a further 7. Scottish and Northern Irish Plumbers 22 boats 68 trout 209lbs, Helensburgh 12 boats 48 fish 135lbs, Pentland ECSAAC 6 boats 37 trout 109lbs plus 14rtd. Bill Osborne and mate (Paisley) 10 for 31lbs 4oz plus 9 rtd, N.Berwick AC 3 boats 21 fish for 59lbs and 6 rtd, Rainbow AC 7 boats 28 fish for 78lbs, Sharp Gentles 8 boats 24 trout 68lbs, McCabe and Kettles of the Lothians had a most enjoyable day with many to the boat on dries and all returned, Aberdour AA 6 boats 29 fish for 84lbs and 4 rtd, Ferry Fly Fishers 6 boats 17 fish 47lbs, Rosyth CSSA 7 boats 42 trout 115lbs 5oz.

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