Lake of Menteith Report 20/09/16
Clarity remains good at 3.5m
on the secchi disk and the 2m water temperature is 15C. Recent best catches have come from Lochend, Reedy Point, Dog Isle, Burn Mouth and the Gap (just about anywhere), with everything from daddies and hoppers on a 2-5wt line to sink tip and blobs and mini lures performing well. Left: Fine looking fin. Photo R.Turnbull.
BIG FISH BONANZA We always like to finish on a good note and as we approach the last month we have over 600 fish in the 4-6lb weight range and around 3200 fish in the 2lb weight range waiting to be stocked. Not to mention the lifting of the exclusion zone in Gateside Bay and access to the many fish in that area that reside around the fish pens.
SUNDAY BOAT AVAILABILITY Due to a few clubs dropping a couple of boats this Sunday (25th Sept) we have 7 boats available – only a few days after we have tipped in a good chunk of the afore mentioned big fish. We also have significant availability on the last two Sundays of October and we are holding back some slabs to stock in the last fortnight, as well as there being the opportunity to fish beyond the rope in Gateside. The two last Sunday’s are short shifts, about 12noon to 4 or 5pm due to the clocks going back, but prices are adjusted accordingly.
POLICE INTERNATIONAL By Paul Barr
The Police Sport UK 5 nations championships were held on the Lake last Thursday. These followed 2 days of practice with a flat calm day on Tuesday with more breeze on Wednesday. Lots of fish were taken during practice but the match day proved more difficult for some with the return of flat calm conditions. On the day of the match the 70 anglers landed 170 fish of average weight 2lbs 8oz and returned a further 123, giving a rod average of 4.2
The result was a close run affair with only 10ozs separating 1st and 2nd place. Wales pipped Scotland to take first place despite the Welsh catching 1 fish fewer. Northern Ireland finished narrowly behind Scotland whilst England were 4th. The team from the Garda in the Republic of Ireland picked up the wooden spoon. The top individual was Gary Smith from Northern Ireland with 15 fish for 30lbs 10ozs. Gary caught his fish on a dry claret hopper fished in the gap between Arnmach and Inchmahome. He was using a Snowbee Thistledown fly line rated 2-5 weight on a 5 weight rod. 2nd place also went to an angler from the Police Service of Northern Ireland. The guest of honour at the prize giving dinner was angler Phillip Gormley (in middle) -the Chief Constable of Scotland, seen here presenting Welsh Captain Simon Davies with the winner’s trophy.
Wellington Angling Club is sad to announce the untimely death of our member Ian (wizard) Strachan. Ian passed away on the 26th of July aged 50yrs. Ian fished the lake with our club for over 30yrs. He was a first class angler and will be hugely missed.