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Lake of Menteith 15th August 2017
Water Temperature – 16C, Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.8m .

2017 Boat League Final Results - Last Heat 9/8/17

Bill Ramage is 2017 BOAT LEAGUE CHAMP.

The last night of the boat league was won by Gil Farid - with 8 fish but his victory was swamped by the overall picture - with lure specialist and retired oil worker Bill Ramage from Alloa managing to out catch serial boat league champ and dry fly man Brian MacKenzie to win the title. It was all down to the final night but Bill had in reallity won in it in May and June, when he acheived a 1st, 2nd, 1st and another 1st placing in consecutive heats. After the best nine results were selected from a possible 14, Bill finished with 17 points, Brian MacKenzie was 2nd with 20 points and Peter Cameron 3rd with 56. Bill declined to have his famous white cat photgraphed but stated that it was around two inches in length tied on a size 10 hook. Fished with a floater or a midge tip the fly sits around 6" under the water and the secret is to keep pulling till the fish are on. As opposed to tightening too early when the fish is likely to let go of the long tail. His best area by far Gateside Bay, although earlier in the season it was Lochend, then when the butts and the buzzer banks were the place to be, it was also the place to be with his white cat and buzzers or diawl bachs further up the line. The rod average this year in the boat league was 4.17 fish per angler per shift. this is up from 3.54 and 3.58 in the previous two years. The improvement of 17% is a significant figure - as it is calculated over a long period and with a good number of anglers and gives a reasonable comparison of year to year performance as unfortunately public catch records at the fishery are a little sporadic.
Bill who was second last year collected the Boat League quaich and £500 in cash from the angler kitty. He also picked up a £150 Bynes of Callander tackle voucher and chose to nominate the last nights permit takings (£390 donated by the Lake) to Strathcarron Hospice. In Second Place Brian collected £150 cash (£100 donated by Southside Decorators) and a £75 Baynes Tackle voucher. 3rd placed Peter Cameron picked up £50 in cash and a £50 tackle voucher. Andy Smith of Southside Decorators awarded the best picture of a fish caught during the comp to Mark Steven (Bottle of Malt). In all £1600 worth of prizes were dispensed during the competition and £390 donated to charity. The catering was provided free of charge by the fishery on the last night and thanks again to Nada for the delicious cakes. Pictured L to R Brian MacKenzie, Peter Cameron, sponsor Roger Drapper of Baynes Tackle, winner Bill Ramage and sponsor Andy Smith of southside Decorators; and Mark Stephen with the best fish photo. Big Big thanks to the generous sponsors.