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Lake of Menteith 29th May
6ft Water Temperature  19C , Clarity (Secchi disc) 1.7m.

Home Win for Scots Ladies

The Ladies’ International at the Lake last week was thoroughly enjoyed by all those involved but the icing on the cake for the Scots was their gold medal. Above:  Scots ladies cool off after the result is announced. The tactics on the day was buzzer fishing in Butts Bay. Top rod overall was Wendy Mitchel of Scotland with 7 fish for 15lbs 9.8 oz. 2nd top rod was Susan Brown of Ireland with 6 fish for 14lbs 9.4oz.

The catch; 46 anglers netted 118 fish and returned 37. Scotland 42 fish 92lbs 7oz , England  36 fish 78lbs 2oz, Wales 21 fish 46lbs 13oz,  Ireland    19 fish 44lbs 6oz.                                   


Left: Scot’s Capitain Elaine McCracken accepts the winner’ trophy from International Chairperson Jane Wright. I spoke to Elaine today (29/5/12) and Elaine tells me that Scots Ladies’ Manager John Buchanan is “more comfortable now and definitely on the mend” since being hospitalised on the day of the match on account of a ruptured gall bladder. Elaine thanked everyone for the support and offers of well wishing that her and (husband to be) John have received. She is hopefull that John will be able to come home fairly soon.

 

 

Below; Douglas Fraser took this cracking shot of a mayfly on his phone! Right Menteith Bow Photo by Colin Riach. Our may hot spell (was it a whole week) raised the water temperature to 21C at 6ft on Monday 28th May. The strong wind meant clarity was very poor in the north west corner but not too bad and cooler in the South East drifts of Lochend, Kates Brae and the Road Shore. This has been where the fishing has taken place and recently catches have been on intermediate to floating lines with boobies and nymphs (e.g. diawl bachs). The hot spell appears to have brought the prolific buzzer hatch in the Butts to an end and the main flies on the water (that I have noticed) are Sedges, Mayflies and damsels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Scottish Club Championships, sponsored by GROUSE Whisky and ANGLING ACTIVE, 39 anglers caught 98 fish for 215lbs, 50 of these were returned. Top team were (left) Menteith Ospreys (Peter Auchterlonie, George Whyte and Ronald Gilbert) with 22 fish, 2nd were Bridge of Allan with 20 (Mike Willis, Alan MacLachlan and Roy Thompson). In 3rd place were Ayr Travellers with 16 fish ( Stuart and Danny MacCormack, John Anderson jr). Top rod (11 fish) and qualifying for the Champions fish was Mike Willis at Lochend with a midge tip, booby and nymphs. 2nd placed individual Ronald Gilbert (8 fish), John Anderson (8 fish), George Whyte (7 fish) and Peter Auchterlonie (7 fish). More info at the SANACC website.

 

In the third Heat of the MENTEITH BAYNES TACKLE (Callander) Boat League, Scott Millar netted 12 fish to win the heat. Second was Ronnie Robb with 11 fish. The 23 anglers netted 95 fish - mainly returned. Scott and Ronnie were in the same boat and the tactics were Blobs, Viva booby, and diawl bachs in the Butts on a floating line. After three heats, Mark Stevens and George Whyte share the top spot.

SANA Open In the first of the two Open Heats, 26 anglers caught and returned 106 fish. Top bag on the night was Scott Pozzi. Top Pair were Scott Pozzi and Ivie Callison, 2nd were Graeme Connoly and Ewan Clark and third Ian Campbell and Ken Oliver.

Below - the Teams arrive:


 

Please where possible can you use/recycle your own clean plastic bags to keep your fish in – as oor bag bill is getting large.