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Lake of Menteith
23rd Sept 2014
6ft Water Temperature 14C, Clarity (Secchi disc) 1.4m

The algae made a bit of a comeback over the weekend with the re-establishment of a high pressure system over the country and sunshine and calm conditions. On Monday morning light westerlies pushed the surface layers containing the algae on to the eastern shores. At the time of writing algal has been knocked back by light winds and levels are significantly less than the last peak, a week or two ago with fishing possible in most areas. With 5 days of breezy conditions eventually arriving tomorrow, the outlook is very encouraging.


Scottish Club Championships sponsored by Glen Garioch Malt whisky and Angling Active. Report by Championship Secretary Kenny Millar.

 

Friday saw the final of Scottish Club Champion ship with 20 three man teams taking part. Amongst them were 8 previous winners.  Conditions were good with most of the algae dispersed and trout showing.  A lot of practice had been put in and as the boats moved out it looked to be an even split between road shore, lochend, heronry, rookery and Gateside Bay. First few hours were hectic as anglers tried to capture the first two trout before going on to catch and release. A variety of fly combinations and patterns were being tried.  Many anglers who had caught on practice sessions were finding the flat calm conditions difficult. By late afternoon many boats had moved around Rookery point, Portend Bay to Sams Point where many trout were showing.  During fly checks it was apparent many anglers were struggling as famous blobs and bright boobies were inducing follows but few takes.  Apologies had been tendered by Iain Gardiner of sponsors Morrison Bowmore Distillers, due to a meeting, and co-sponsor Martin Grantham of Angling Active, Stirling, presented tackle vouchers, medals and whisky prizes.   In bronze medal position with 29 trout for 57lb 10oz were team Grizzlecats (received £100 cheque and £135 of Angling Active Tackle vouchers. Runner up in silver medal position with 30 trout for 64lb 6oz were Change FF "A" team, received £200 plus £300 worth of tackle vouchers. Outright winners receiving prizes worth over £1000, gold medals, bottles of "Glen Garioch" malt whisky and the coveted silver plate Trophy were "Menteith Ospreys" team, comprising Peter Auchterlonie, George Whyte and Ronnie Gilbert (pictured above – left to right). They caught 46 trout (40 released) for 94lb 10oz. Peter was responsible for twenty of the fish – operating with a booby and nymphs on a midge tip line in the north eastern drifts. At opposite end of the scale, receiving the tartan wooden spoon were team North Berwick, who caught 8 trout for 19lb 1oz. Chairman and Secretary of Scottish Clubs thanked all the participants in the 13 heats, 2 semi finals and today’s final for participating. Quint and Douglas, Manager and Assistant manager received thanks and gifts.  On the day over £700 was raised for Yorkhill Sick Childrens Hospital, including several winners cheques, one of £200 from team Change FF "A".  387 trout were caught of which 270 were released for a total weight of 837lb  (rod av. 6.5). Still to come is "Champion of Champions" individual competition on 17th October.  Eight year old Aaron Malcolmson was delighted with this fine blue this weekend – his second fish of the day (left).