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FISHERY News 5th July
Water Temperature – 18.5C, Clarity (Secchi disc)2.1m.

With the sunny weather the water temperature has jumped 4C and the clarity has improved considerably this week. Despite the sun fish are still being seen on the surface, and sedges and damsels have been spotted hatching from the water. Most prolific areas are from Sandy Bay round to stable point. Flies that are doing well include Diawl bachs,  blobs, Buzzers, Pheasant tail nymphs, Cormorants, fabs, and boobys.

Scottish Club Championships On Saturday night 42 anglers landed 115 fish for 276lbs. Top team, 2008 champions, Change “B”(left, l to r; Willie Leach, Jim Mcbride and Jim Crawford) all caught their  limits weighing 34lb in total. 2nd Laurancekirk and District with 11 fish for 29lb 10 oz, 3rd were Khats Whiskers with 13 fish for 29lb . These clubs will fish in the second semi on the 23rd of September.
Top rod of the night was Willie Leach. His 5 fish weighed 13lb 3oz and were caught at the Malling shore and in Gateside on dries. Joining him in the champion of champions are Tom Lindsay (Dunfermline Artisans), Robin Brown (Kinglassie), Stevie Bett (Khats Whiskers) and Tam Bonner (Rothes Oaks). The competition is sponsored by Famous Grouse Whisky and the Stirling Angling Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

In the Menteith ACS Boat League on Wednesday, Anglers opted to fish to total catch and release rules with tied places being decided on the time of the first fish caught. Anglers were free to fish to the bag limit for their own needs. 17 anglers caught fish. Brian McKenzie was top rod with 11 to his rod. Brian caught his fish in the butts on dries, second on the night was Alec Barnes with 7 fish and third was Ken Oliver. James Fairlie is still leading the league.

The Scottish National Championship has reached the lake for the last 2 semis. In semi no5, 57 anglers competed for 17 places in the final, they caught 308 fish for 673lbs. Top rod was Ray Anderson (below right) of Leslie & Glenrothes AC, with 11 fish for 22lb 14oz. Ray caught most of his fish on yellow owl shuttlecocks drifting over the deeper water between the plantation and the islands. George Brown (centre) of Sunburst AC was second with 10 fish for 21lb 14oz and Campbell Morgan of Strathleven FF (left) was third with 10 fish for 21lb 11oz. The Cut off weight was 14.8lb.

In Semi no 6, 28 anglers competed for 8 places in the final, they caught 161 fish for 344lb Top  rod of the day was Jock Kettles (below, centre) of SANACC who had 13 fish for 26lb 11.4oz. In second place was Paul Garner of Alba Orvis FF (on right) who had 10 fish for 21lb 11.2oz. Ronnie Glass of Kelso AA was third with 9 fish for 20lb 2.6oz.

Jock and Ronnie were in the same boat and they took their fish at the road shore and at the Plantation on diawl bachs, nymphs, snatchers and boobies using slow glass and midge tip lines.

On Wednesday the Scottish retired police had there annual competition and caught 91 fish for 215lb. The winner was Jim Walker from L&B police with 5 fish for 12lb 13oz.

In the second heat of the SANA Open Championships (4th July) I.Collinson (below left) and S.Pozzie (below right), were the top pair. Scott Pozzie was also the best bag with 11 fish from Sandy Bay. Scott was fishing a Cat Booby and a db on a fast glass.

The lake was stocked today (Tuesday) and will be stocked again on Friday this week.

Due to demand, we are planning to have an additional early morning shift on Saturday 16th July. Electrics only 4am to 9am.

Thankfully Port angler Mungo Ingleby sent in a photo of a fish - just in case anyone was starting to think these pages were all about anglers! Mungo caught this fine looking set of jaws while fly pike fishing on the Lake. Last year when the temperatures went up (albeit earlier) - pike catches jumped.....