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Lake Blog 09/05/17

Secchi disk Clarity 3m ; Water Temperature at 6ft 14.5C.
Big rise in water temperature in the last week and very good buzzer hatches from the shallow (washing line) and deeper drifts (straight lining) – notably in the eastern basin i.e. the Butts, Todhole, Lochend, Out in the Middle of the East Basin and Sandy Bay. At the time of writing the national championship fleet is packed into an area someway off the Butts on the Butts Buzzer Bank. Today’s top selling fly was this sparsely dressed Bung and this gold collared buzzer has also been selling well.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the first Heat of the Scottish Club Championship 12 teams were competing including 2 previous winners. Conditions were good with light wind and trout could be seen feeding in the surface film.   Most of the boats headed south towards Lochend Bay, with boats stopping at Todds Hole, Butts and Kates Brae. The anglers were mixed in the fly choice, some on straight lining buzzers, washing line tactics with booby or fab on the tail, and some pulling lures through the rising trout.   The 36 anglers caught a total of 127 with 68 being released. Each returned trout counting as 2lb towards total bag weight. Tartan Tyers trio of Alan Martin, Scott Aitken and Andy McAdam took top honours with the 20 trout weighing in at 42lb 0.1 . Change FF trio of Kevin McCabe, Jock Kettles and Andy Dunn saw their 20 trout weigh in at 40lb 10oz, and become runners-up. 3rd place fell to Ayr Travellers "B" with a catch of 14 trout for 29lb 12.8oz. Top 5 anglers on the night going forward to Champion of Champions on Friday 6th October:  Alan Martin,  Tartan Tyers, Jock Kettles, Norrie Laird, Kevin Andrews, Martin Bateman.  Heaviest trout caught on the night was a cracking rainbow of 4lb 8.8oz caught by Cumnock & Dist angler Derek Hill.  The Captain of winning team, the angler with best catch and the captor of heaviest trout all received bottles of Lomond single malt whisky from Loch Lomond Whisky Group. Alan took his trout in Lochend Bay on buzzers fished on a floating line. Pictured above left: The start of the Scottish Club Heat and a bashful Alan Martin.

Fly Tying Scotland will also be sponsoring the Scottish clubs and their Material; Marabou, mink, rabbit, flexi, fritz (15mm trans, 15mm boosted, 30mm polar, 10mm trans, ultra one), hooks( barbless blob, barbless widegape, wetfly, lure and buzzer) are all available at the Lake tackle shop.

 

 

In the Disabled National – sponsored by the Lake of Menteith (fishing provided free), 21 anglers caught 169 trout with and average weight of 2lbs 5.5oz. The rod average was 8 fish for 18lbs 12oz. This year’s National Champion is Jim Crawford (pictured centre with cup) with 17 fish for 35.15lbs. The team was chosen on the basis of these results and is composed of L to R George Learmonth (res), Alan Hunter(res), Anthony Boyce, Dave Penny, Gus Armour, Jim Currie, Wullie Leach (organizer). Kneeling; Mark MacAvoy, Jim Crawford and Willie Brash.

 

 

 

 

2017 Boat League Results sponsored by Baynes of Callander and Andy Smith of Southside Decorators  It was a bright start to the first boat league heat for 2017 with the sun splitting the skies. 30 anglers took to the water and they caught 124 fish. 1st was Andy Kemp with 10 fish, he started at Lochend drifting up to the butts using a floating line with buzzers then changing to dries. He won a £25 voucher from Baynes tackle shop in Callander. 2nd was Peter Cameron he caught 8, he started in the butts with floating line with buzzers then changing to dries after 2 fish and moving down to Lochend. He got a bottle of whisky from Andy Smith of southside decorating. Peter beat Bill Ramage who also got 8 fish into 3rd place by catching his first fish at 6:25pm while Bill caught his first fish at 6:37pm. Bill was also using the floating line but he was using a cats whisker and an olive cruncher, he was fishing from Todds hole drifting up to the butts.