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FISHERY BLAWG - 26th May 2011; Water Temperature 11.5C, Clarity (Secchi disc 1.6m).
It was the worst wind at the Lake that staff at the fishery could remember. Luckily we only had minor damage as a result of the wind. The force and noise of the severe gale on Monday 23rd May, as it moved the mature oaks and raced across the water, will be long remembered.
Roads east and south of the Lake were blocked for several hours and the power was down for 1 or two days depending on the area. Between Lochend and the Fishery local Topher Nairn counted 13 trees down on the road. A week where the wind badly affected catches! Lot of mayfly on the water today. As we near the end of May the water temp is almost 2 degrees colder than at the end of April.
ROAD CLOSURE WARNING- B8034 Arnprior to Port of Menteith is scheduled to be closed from 23rd to 27th May.
In the Police national on Thursday 18th, 64 anglers caught 205 fish for 415lbs, 64 of these were returned. The new National Police Champion is Jim McBride from Edinburgh, pictured right (on left), receiving the trophy from Arthur Donaldson. Jim was fishing in International Bay. On Saturday night 36 anglers caught 79 fish for 159lbs in the Scottish Club Championships, sponsored by Famous Grouse whisky and the Angling Centre Stirling. Top team on the night were Caley Liners (Pictured below, John Benson, Brian Kennedy and Martin Hamilton) with 11 fish for 23lbs. 2nd were Greenock and District with 10 fish for 22lbs 11oz and 3rd were Kinross with 12 fish for 22lbs 5oz. Top individuals qualifying for the champion of champions were Martin Hamilton 5 fish, A.Hutchison 5 fish, M.Hunter 5 fish, S.Robertson 5 fish and Alan Smith 5 fish. Top Team, Top individual and captor of the heaviest fish (J.MacDonald, Falkirk) all got a bottle of whisky. On a wet night, top rod Martin caught his fish on the road shore on a sunburst Blob.
In the ACS Menteith Boat League Heat on the 18th May Jane Wright was top rod with 7 fish, 2nd was James Fairlie with 5 and 3rd Jim Watson with 3. In last night’s heat (25th May) 19 anglers netted 36 fish in total (av. Wt. 2lbs 3oz). Top rod was Mark Stevens with 7, Brian MacKenzie was 2nd with 6 fish and Jim Watson 3rd with 7. Mark was fishing dries out in the middle. Full results on boat league pages at www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk.
Club Catches: There was no fishing on Monday or Tuesday due to the storm. SPRA 8 boats 69 fish, 23 returned. EMAC 5 boats, 19 fish for 40lbs, Stewarton 8 boats 15 fish 35lbs