Fishery Blawg and Report 17th May 2011
Clarity 2.5m Water Temperature at 6ft 13C.
Bruce Millar of Bearsden (left) caught this shovel tailed resident 7lb blue at Dog Isle on an ace of spades. More overwintered fish were evident in Gary Mitchel’s bag (below).
In National Championship Heat on the 11th May, 48 anglers caught 119 fish for 226lbs and returned a further 111. Cut off weight for qualifying was 8lbs 14oz. Top rod was Nigel Muckle (below centre) of Last Cast AC with 13 trout. Nigel fished from Stable Point to the Rookery – out over the deeps with a DI5 blob, two diawl bachs and a w.c.booby on the point. 2nd was Angus Armour (below left) with FABS and buzzers on a midge tip along the rope in Gatesdide. 3rd was Ian Glasford with a di3, booby, blob, cormorant and FAB at the cages and rookery. Full results at www.sanacc.org.uk.
The Mayflies are hatching in significant numbers at the Lake.
Scottish Club Championships
The Menteith and Angling Centre Boat League
In the Disabled National on 15th May (all boats sponsored by the lake) the winner was Bill Barnes from Fife who had 12 fish – mainly on buzzers, in wavey conditions in International Bay. 2nd was Jim Crawford from Ayrshire with 7 fish and 3rd Ossie Smith with 5. Also qualifying for the team were; Willie Brash, George Bell. Tony Lithgow, Rab Chisolm, Dave Penny (reserve) and Tam Ward (reserve).
Club Results: Bothwell and Blantyre 8 boats 42 fish 87lbs plus 10 rtd, RAF North League 10 boats 47 trout 94lbs. Bridge of Alan 6 boats 27 fish for 58lbs, Leslie Llanilar 39 fish 84lbs and 9 rtd. Central Police 4 boats 21 fish for 44lbs plus 24 rtd.
MONTHLY STATS – record number caught and returned.
The mean 8 hr two man boat catch during late March and April 2011 was 7.4 fish for 14.1lbs. The mean weight of fish in Mar/April was 1lb 15oz. The number returned was 41.9%.
This catch figure represents the fishery record in terms of monthly numbers caught (April 2010’s average 8hr boat catch was reduced to 7.1 due to corrections). The number of fish returned in April also represents a new record with the previous record being last April at 34.2%.
ROAD CLOSURE WARNING: NEXT WEEK THE B8034 Arnprior to Port of Menteith is scheduled to be closed from 23rd to 27th May.