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Weekly Report 16th November 2010       

The boards are out of the boats and the oars drying out for another year. These were the contrasting views north and west from the Menteith hills on Sunday.  The last days pike angling was a successful one with 208 pike netted, including 45 fish between 10 and 20lbs and three greater than 20lbs (largest 22lb12oz).
2010 Catch Statistics
The average weight for October was 2lbs 8oz and the average catch per 2 man boat 8 hr day was 5.2 fish for 12.9lbs and 29% of these fish were recorded as returned. For the year as a whole the average 8hr boat 2man catch was 5.4 fish for 11lbs with 27% of fish recorded returned, in all very similar to last year. The fish for next year are all on site and are already ahead of their weight at this time last year – so assuming we don’t break new records for temperature this winter, we will see an increase in mean weight next year which will help to reduce the effects of predation and break casts.

2011 Permit Prices
 You will see that our prices have gone up by between 3.3% and 4.8%. The background to this has been sharply rising fish costs (last year up by around 8% - we buy in around half of our fish requirements) and fish feed costs (up 12%). Fish cost is currently lagging behind fish food cost and the increases are due to the growing world demand for fish, chasing fewer fish in the oceans. Other major variable costs also increased, e.g. petrol went up by 12%, and inflation has been running at around 3%. Next year the VAT element of our permit will rise from 17.5% to 20% - as our major cost variables are VAT exempt (fish and fish feed) we will not recoup much of this when we reclaim VAT on our purchases.

After much thought - right up to the last minute (in fact a few clubs received notification in error of a decrease in limit and they will be contacted), we have decided to leave the catch limit at 10 fish per boat. We had been intending to reduce it to 8 fish per boat but felt that we needed another year of considering before a change. We hope that anglers and angling organisations will continue to voluntarily return a good proportion of their fish below the catch limit. This will increase the overall catches (and fun) at the fishery and also means that anglers will only be taking home fish that they want. Over the years the number of fish caught has increased by around 35% (see below). This is due to more fish being caught and released (up 20%) and more fish being stocked (up 13%). Increased catch and release has not meant savings on stocking – but increased catches!

YEAR

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

FISH STOCKED PER BOAT HOUR

 

0.67

0.67

0.63

0.66

0.77

0.73

TOTAL CATCH - No. PER 8HR BOAT

3.9

4.4

4.6

4.6

5.1

5.4

5.4

MEAN WEIGHT OF FISH

2.21

2.15

2.25

2.42

2.36

2.2

2.03

% OF CATCH RETURNED

8.2

11.9

10.4

17.1

23

26

27