Lake of Menteith 18th October 2011
6ft Water Temp – 11 C, Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.1m
Peter does it again. Peter Auchterlonie from Crieff became the second angler to twice win the Scottish Clubs Champion of Champion’s Title. Peter netted 14 trout (his boat partner had 4) from the Heronry and Sandy Bay Drifts – 6 fish ahead of his nearest rival (in terms of fish numbers), Jimmy McBride who finished in 3rd place. In second place was Mike Willis from Bridge of Allan with 7 (larger) fish. Peter’s tactics were the midge tip line with diawl bachs (4 fish) and a cat booby (10 fish). Peter, who had two days on the Lake prior to the comp, said that the fishing had been hard during his practice days, and that he had only managed 7 fish on the preceding day. The 57 anglers weighed in 127 fish for 372lbs and returned a further 56 (rod av. 3.2, av.wt. 3lbs). Many thanks to the generous Sponsorship from Famous Grouse and Snowbee.
The Lake has fished a bit harder this week but a top up of 236 three pound blues on Monday (last of the fish from the pens) and a further 400 trout going in on Friday should help to take the edge off the weather as the season draws to a close – and for next year. We took the decision to leave the fish pens in place this year, to allow a few fish to grow on into double figures, as per a few years back. The majority of resident fish soon move out when the cages are empty, and this has shown up in a spate of good fish being landed recently.
Watch BBC Scotland’s Programme going out at 10.35pm tonight entitled Scotland’s Fishy Secrets. It is concerned with the negative effect of fish farms on wild salmon and sea trout and will be of interest to many of us. It is about time the Scottish Government used its powers to create substantial Marine Protected Areas (protection from salmon farming and commercial fishing) to support the economic potential of Scotland’s recreational sea and freshwater angling as well as to ensure the sustainability of our commercial fish species.
Stuart Hamilton (left) took this 8lb 8oz fish at Gateside.
Murray Hunter landed this 7 ½ pounder at the Plantation on a yellow fab.
Steve Docherty of Fort William had 5 fish for 16lbs and returned 5. Tam Ward and Jim Davie 10 fish 29lbs 4oz, Ian and Nigel Muckle 5 rainbows and 3 blues - all returned, Jim Horne 7 fish 21lbs 8oz, Milngavie AC 4 boats 19 fish 54lbs, Kelvinside 2 boats 11 fish 33lbs 4oz, Phoenix - no return submitted, Ardgowan 4.5 boats 8 fish 28lbs 8oz plus one at 8lbs 8oz, RAF Northern League 10 boats 18 fish 46lbs.
End of Season Party
The season at the Lake officially closes on the 31st October but there is a charity day on Sunday 6th November and there are still a few boats available. It is a 12-4 session with a BBQ after. More details to follow.