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Lake Fishing Report 29/09/15
Secchi Disk Clarity 2.7m 6ft water temperature 13C.

Neilston ‘B’ (L to R: James Litster, Tom Burnett and Brian MacKenzie) and Championship Sponsor Representative Andy MacDougall from ANGLING ACTIVE.

Match Report by Tom MacTaggart

The 2015 Scottish Club Championship drew to a close on Friday 25th September.  The Championship's Saturday night heats started on 2nd May and 167 teams contested the 13 heats which ran from 2nd May to 25th July.  Between 10 and 16 teams were in each heat and forty of them qualified for the semi finals which were held on 21st and 28th August.  The top twenty from the semi-finals went on to battle it out in the final.  The competition was held on a partial catch and release basis with each angler retaining their first two fish and being awarded 2lb for each trout that was returned.  Heavy fish were capped at 4lbs. There were three anglers in each team and the result of all stages was decided on the accumulated weight of each team's three anglers.

This was the 12th and last year of sponsorship of the competition by Angling Active and the Scottish Club Championship has been very fortunate to have had such a lengthy connection with them.  The Scottish Clubs Committee wish to thank Martin Grantham and Angling Active for their support over the last twelve years and wish them every success for the future.

Conditions for the final were far from perfect and as the anglers waited to set out the fairly calm conditions that had greeted them changed quickly as a chilly west wind picked up to produce fairly choppy water.  The day was mainly bright with occasional cloud cover and the only consistent factor was that it stayed cold all day. 

This was a tough renewal that included the  2014 winning team of Menteith Ospreys and the 2014 runners-up Change FF AC "A".  In the 20 teams taking part were eleven anglers who had won gold medals in the Spring and Autumn Internationals and included the Silver Salver winner at the Autumn International.  It was no surprise that even in difficult conditions that the 60 competitors caught 274 trout for 590lbs 1.6ozs.

Top team was the Neilston FF  "B" team of Brian Mackenzie, Tom Burnett and James Litster who between them netted 24 trout for 49lbs 13.2ozs.  Their top rod was James Litster with 13 fish for 26lbs 7.2ozs.  James spent his day in Cages Bay and the Malling Shore where he was fishing fabs and boobies on a medium sink line.  Most of his trout were taken on the (white?) fabs.

Tom Burnett had 6 fish for 12lbs 14.2ozs and was fishing boobies on a Di3 in Cages Bay and the Malling Shore.  Brian Mackenzie used similar tactics in the same area and varied his line between and Di3 and a Di5.

The second placed team was the Menteith Ospreys team of Peter Auchterlonie (10 fish), Ronnie Gilbert (8 fish) and George Whyte (4 fish).  Their 22 trout weighed 45lbs 9.2ozs

In third were the Change FF ACC "A" team of Kevin McCabe (2 fish), Jock Kettles (14 fish) and Andy Dunn (5 fish).  Their 21 trout weighed 42lbs 12.8oz.  Jock also caught his fish at Cages Bay and the Malling Shore where he was fishing a cat booby and cormorants on slow glass and fast glass lines.

Ossie Smith (seated) with his 3 fish for 17lbs 12oz – on a cruncher at Lochend. Pictured with Frank Richardson. Ossie from Doune was delighted with his best ever trio of trout and his heaviest individual rainbow (7lbs 12oz)


Fishing Overview
Clarity is very good at the moment (2.7m) and the hotspots are at the time of writing: Hotel Bay, International Bay, Lochend, Malling and Gateside Bay.

Quite a lot of big fish about at the Lake at the moment. Think there are some spare boats this Saturday 3rd Oct due to a cancellation and also Monday and Tuesday 5th and 6th October.

Reports yesterday (from folk that had caught good bags of fish) were that the fish wanted it as fast as possible or they wanted it dead slow. The Crunchers and a Duck fly featured alongside Damsels and Boobies.

The rope will certainly be removed this Autumn from Gateside Bay and the pens pushed ashore. Exact date TBC but around the 22nd or 23rd October.