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CATCH AND RELEASE
FOOD AT THE FISHERY
Lake of Menteith 16th Aug 2011
6ft Water Temperature – 16C, Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.4m.
July Monthly Summary The 8hr two man boat average catch was 4.9 fish for 12.9lbs. Fish average weight was 2.6lbs, and % catch and release was 36%. This compares to a catch rate of 5.9 fish for 13.7 lbs in the previous month – despite a higher stocking rate per angler hour in July. The period of warm water temperature at the end of July sent the fish deep – where they were hard to find (apart from in Gateside). Last July’s catch and release was 23% - so catch and release is still increasing – probably due in a large part to the high proportion of catch and release associated with the Youth International at the end of the month (thanks to all).
Book Review I am indebted to Stan Paterson of St.Mungo AC who is currently lending me the book - Sex, Death and Fly Fishing by John Grierach (Author of Trout Bum). For those of you who haven’t read it – do! I was particularly grateful for the Authors help with the catch and release enigma and paradox - he likens catch and release to sex and birth control. Nuff said. It was also good to know that I am not the only one who hopes his felt sole footprints in the kitchen will have dried before their partner gets back. Roll on the felt sole ban!
Angling Centre Stirling Boat League: 10th August: Ken Oliver was top rod again this week – this time he was using a team of diawl bachs (what no booby or blobs) as apposed to the dries which won him last weeks heat. Ian Stuart (pictured left) was second (also with 6 fish) – he had 4 on dries (including the resident?) and two on blobs in the cages. Brian McKenzie is out in front with one heat to go - and it is close. Douglas has calculated that if James finishes 9th, Brian 8th and Ken 1st in the last heat - it will be a dead heat for 1st, 2nd and 3rd - I suppose we would look at the best 10 results.......but I doubt it will be that close...........There will be burgers, stew and refreshments supplied by the fishery for the Wednesday night’s prize giving/Douglas's Birthday Party. The fifteen anglers caught 48 fish – and all but 6 were returned.
Other Catches: Mark and Kyle Anderson (pictured right) had a good evening on the 11th. They weighed in 5 for 20lbs 12oz. The two big fish residents (6lb and 6lb12oz) were caught on a cormorant ands a PTN, cast into the flow of the Portend Burn – which was running high for the first time in many weeks. Mr.Donachy from Glasgow had 8 for 29lbs. Lothian and Borders v Strathclyde Police 6 boats 57 trout for 192lbs plus 22 returned. Ness and Leiper 10 fish for 27lbs, Grangemouth AC 3.5 boats 22 trout 62lbs, Edin FD 10 boats 76 trout 194lbs plus 34 rtd, Rowbank 9 boats 64 trout 166lbs. Port Glasgow 10 boats 65 trout for 178lbs plus 56 rtd, top rods on the day were A.Mckay 17 fish, D.McAllister 16 fish and Gregg Ainsworth with 14 fish. All three rods took their fish on dries from the Plantation and around Dog Island. Successful patterns were Olive F-Fly and a various dry Bibio imitations. Trossachs AC 3 boats 15 fish for 40lbs, Balbeggie AC 8 boats 69 for 179lbs and Kaht’s Whiskers 5 boats 18 fish for 54lbs, Heriots 8 boats 49 trout 85lbs(?) plus 34 rtd. Last Evening session is this Friday 19th August, and evenings are currently finishing at 10pm.
There are no scheduled road closures affecting the Lake www.stirling.gov.uk/roadclosures
We have been keeping the 8th and 9th of September free for those wishing to practice for the national. There are still places left for these days and we will be clarifying existing bookings shortly as there may be scope for some people to fish with the partner of their choice on the practice days. To summarise - if you are fishing the national you are entitled to practice on the two preceding days (8th and 9th). If anyone still hasn't booked a practice day that wants to - please get in touch with the booking office ASAP.