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Lake of Menteith 14th October

6ft water temperature 10.5C, Clarity Gateside Bay 2m

John Buchanan Champion of Champions 4 a 3rd Time.

John Buchanan of Newtonmearns AC and Stirling Resident has won the Scottish Clubs Champion of Champions competition for a record third time. John AKA “Boo” and renowned expert at fishing the booby, won the comp by  fishing a Di3 line with two boobies – a pseudocat booby on the top and an olive booby (one of Billy Dewars) on the tail. The boobies were fairly close (6ft) to allow him to fish the shallower water and the fish were caught evenly on both flies with the rig and flies remaining unchanged all day. John (pictured left, courtesy of Tom MacTaggart), caught 14 fish and was fishing the west side of Gateside Bay - along the rope and by the lilly pads up to the metal fence. The fish on the day were averaging 3lbs but John managed 7lb 4oz in his two weighed fish, and this with a 2lb allowance for the 12 returned fish gave him a total weight of 31lbs 4oz. In second place was Mike Willis of Bridge of Allan with one more fish, but his first two fish for the scales weighed a mere 4lbs 15.8 oz. Hard lines Mike! Mike was fishing a midge tip line with a red ribbed diawl bach on the dropper and a pseudo whitecat booby on the tail. Mike netted 9 fish in hotel bay, 5 on the road shore and 1 in Tod Hole. In 3rd place was James Litster with 13 fish.

In all the 58 anglers killed 104 fish which weighed 309 fish and returned a further 159, giving a rod average 4.5 fish for 13lbs 10oz.
The competition was sponsored by FAMOUS GROUSE and SNOWBEE.


 

Some nice fish in the catches as you’d expect with an average weight of nearly 3lbs. Catches have been coming from all areas of the loch… Gerry Taylor from Milngavie AC was out with Grandson Archie and captured this nice 6lb 8oz fish. Some cold nights have dropped the water temperature and slowed the fish down a little.

At the weekend St.Peters AC 6 boats caught 30 fish for 91lbs and returned two, Brechin AC 6 boats 28 fish 79lbs, Heriots AC 8 boats 10 fish for 22lbs 7oz and returned 12, Priory AC 4 or 9 boats? 14 fish for 45lbs plus 5rtd, KAAC 5 boats 16 fish plus 3 rtd.