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Lake of Menteith 31st July
6ft Water Temperature  15C , Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.75m.

Big increase in clarity in the last few days and maybe the fish are lying a little deeper as a consequence – although surface or near surface tactics are proving successful. Yesterday during the day the anglers reported “no surface activity at all” and that lures were working best. I was beginning to think the size of the stockies these days might be switching them to a piscivorous rather than insectivorous diet. The evening shift quickly disproved this theory as there was loads of fish moving and the best tactic appeared to be buzzers. Top areas; all over but maybe with an emphasis on the Northern and Western shores. The Gap and Gateside Bay have fished well. The fish are a exceptionally large currently (averaging 3lbs) – so make the most of it!

McGinlay junior of Glasgow on his first trip to the Lake. Nice to see you at last!


Scottish Club Championships. Report by Kenny Miller. Sponsors Grouse Whisky and Angling Active. Saturday night saw the last 17 teams competing.  Previous winners Change "B" and Thack were in the line up. Gateside Bay, Sams Point through Reedy Bay and into Hotel Bay and Malling Shore were likely hot spots. 51 anglers caught 97 fish were caught for a total of 251lb  6oz, 32 trout of this number were returned.  
Going to the semi finals on 21st September were; 1st place went to Thack with 11 trout for 27lb  11oz. 2nd place were East Kilbride with 10 trout for 25lb  5oz. 3rd  place were Change"B" with  10 fish for 23lb  14oz. 4th place were Raemoir Trout with 9 trout for 23lb  5oz. Top 5 individuals and qualifying for the Champion of Champions on 12th October; 1st  Jimmy McBride "Change B"  7 trout 15lb  9oz, 2nd Walter Archibald   Dalzell   6 trout for 14lb  4oz, 3rd  Jim McKinlay East Kilbride with 5 trout for 13lb  4oz, 4th  John Miller   Thack  with 5 trout for 12lb  13oz and 5th  Angus Armour  Loanhead & Dist with 5 trout for 12lb  5oz. Chris McAllister of Raemoir Trout, recent winner of Troutmaster Final at Grafham Water, had heaviest fish of night with rainbow of 5lb  2oz.

Baynes (Callander) Boat League. After a hot day the fish became lethargic with the 17 anglers catching 40 trout. Best bag was one of this year’s new entrants, Sandy Boag, with 6 fish. Sandy caught his fish in Cage bay and near Dog Island on dries. His boat partner George Whyte is still leading with only 3 nights to go.The sheet http://www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk/menteith-fisheries.co.uk/boatleague2010.html has been adjusted for the best nine nights and for being out on own.

Left: Discarded Roach. A nice big roach – hauled out and left on the fish pen walkways. The British record is 4lb 4oz.




Notable Catches
Dave Coleman of Bridge of Weir had six on buzzers on a quiet Monday night – and kept a couple including this 4 ½ lb blue.

Central Scotland Police 4 boats 10 fish for 36lbs 12oz and 14 returned. Phil Hunter of Airdrie 9 fish for 26lbs, Scottish Interforce 14 boats 112 trout 326lbs and 30 rtd. Largs 4 boats 14 fish 38lbs and 3rtd, Gartmore 6 boats 14 trout 41lbs, Saturday AC 4 boats 20 trout 61lbs and 10rtd, Buchan and Lewis (Glasgow) 10 fish 32lbs.








I recently celebrated my half century with a trip to Austria and a family cycle down the Danube where I saw a Burbot (the only freshwater member of the cod family) being landed. The fish had taken the bait deep and was plainly dead as it lay upside down in the water but could not be taken as it was just less than the 40cm minimum take size.

“Think I’ll Chap this ‘un”
I was impressed with Vienna and the grand remnants of the Austro-Hungarian Empire …… Wasn’t quite sure what was going on in this alluring fishy scene from the entrance to the Hapsburg Royal Palace but certainly a notable catch – didn’t get the boy’s name.