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CATCH AND RELEASE
FOOD AT THE FISHERY
Lake of Menteith
7th Oct 2014
6ft Water Temperature 12.5, Clarity (Secchi disc) 3.0m
Rope off at Gatesides is forecast but when? Average weight of fish ~ 3lbs at the moment.
Strong winds and autumnal thermal destratification of the water column have now thoroughly dispersed the algae, which tests have again shown to be a non-toxin producing variety. Fishing is back to normal at the Lake and Clarity was a healthy (for this time of year) 3m in Gateside Bay. Brown trout fishing comes to an end on the 6th Oct with all brownies to be returned until 15th March next year. We plan to move back the rope for a while in Gateside Bay and allow anglers in but the exact timing of this is yet to be decided. Watch this space. A variety of methods have been successful. The usual sink tip with a booby on the end (or a lure) with a variety of subtler flies in the middle (e.g. diawl bach, cormorant….) is very versatile and is as popular as ever. Areas producing good catches in recent days have been Lochend, Reedy Point, Dog Isle but there are fish to be had in most drifts. With the good clarity – a dry might be in order?
(Above left) Arthur Donaghy from Banknock weighed in this 7lb 6oz bow but his excitement for the day wasn’t over as shortly after this, his rod and reel (Sonic 4 rod and Hardy reel) were pulled into the depths by another Menteith specimen. Ian Harper of Central Scotland Police Angling landed this big 7lb 4oz broon on a Clan Chief (above right) and Jim Knox from CIBA AC returned this nice looking 5 pound specimen brown (below). Some notable catches: SPRA 21 boats 63 fish for 181lbs plus 60 returned, SSEB 7 boats 43fish 137lbs,Pentland Civil Service 16 anglers : Total fish killed 53 for 169lbs 4oz (There were at least 7 fish of 4lbs+, 21 Fish returned, All our members caught at least one fish and one netted a total of 16 fish, The feedback as usual, was that the fish were in excellent condition, very hard fighting and very good eating). Pitlochry AC 4 ½ boats 37 fish 104lbs plus 8 rtd, FFD 4 boats 35 trout 101lbs, Penicuik AC 7 boats 30 fish 93lbs, sseb 7 boats 43 fish 137lbs, Luggiebank 4 boats 13 fish for 47lbs plus 15 rtd, Falkirk Municipal 6 boats 41 trout 132lbs, Bonnybridge 4 boats 22fish 66lbs plus 11 rtd. QG (Photos DF).