Here is the final table after the last competition of the season. (1st, 6th and 9th outings cancelled, no points awarded at Loch Leven)):
Place Name Points 1 Ian G 66 2 Laurie T 62 3 Robin B 43.5 4 Jackie N 40 5 David O 34 6 Paul W 33 7 Keith J 20.5 8 Tom B 20 9 Barrie D 18 10 John G 16.5 11= Willie E 14 11= Tom C 14 13= Bill M 12 13= Alastair S 12 15= Robert C 10 15= Bobby R 10 17= David P 4 17= Gilbert O 4 19 Jimmy K 3.5 20 Sam F 2
Total Points Awarded: 384
Linlithgow Loch, 19 September 2015
Ian G secured the club championship on a fine day at Linlithgow Loch last Saturday. Our secretary, tho' absent on holiday in Turkey, had arranged the competition to ensure that the title challengers fished together and similarly those battling for the minor placings were in direct competition. Ian and Laurie started off in the shade at the 'hole' but from my vantage point some way away, I couldn't see any frantic rod bending activity. Paul W continued his return to form with a few fish in the first hour, and Jimmy K, Jackie and Robin were all rewarded for getting tactics and boat position right. I caught up with Paul once I found the 'right' line, which most later agreed was clear tip of 12 or 15 feet - it seemed to do the most consistent damage throughout the day. Bill M got into the action a bit later and Alastair was landing a fish or two, too. Ian and Laurie eventually moved more into the middle of the Loch, which seemed to be holding fish and it proved to be the right decision, with Laurie 'upping the ante' in the race for points by boating a few decent fish. Ian responded with a steady accumulation and completed his limit bag of 6 fish by about 2.30, leaving the fate of the Club Championship to be decided at the scales. Ian needed 6 points (5th place on the day) to guarantee the title, but if Laurie gained 10 points, and Ian finished 6th, there would be a countback. Lower than 6th, and the title would be Laurie's. In the end, it really wasn't too dramatic, with Laurie taking the day but Ian's 2nd place ensuring the Club Championship. Well done. Mr G - sterling effort across the season, with 66 points taken out of 8o available - good angling! The full result is as follows:
lb oz Points 1st Laurie T 6 fish 14 06 10 2nd Ian G 6 fish 14 00 9 3rd Paul W 6 fish 13 10 8 4th Robin B 6 fish 13 04 7 5th Bill M 6 fish 12 14 6 6th David O 6 fish 12 09 5 7th Jackie N 4 fish 9 00 3.5 8th Jimmy K 4 fish 9 00 3.5 9th Alastair S 3 fish 8 00 2 10th Tom C 1 Fish 3 00 1
In total the above 48 fish were weighed in with another dozen returned. Bobby R and David P were the unlucky anglers on the day who couldn't quite get into the fish on the day, but with a rod average of 4 fish the club can have no complaints about our day afloat - oh, and the weather was great! Average weight was roughly 2lb 6oz per fish, which, again, is pretty healthy.
Another B&B season draws to a close - thanks to all for contributions, and see you at the Council meeting next month, and/or the AGM in December.
Loch Leven, 29 August 2015
This will be the shortest report ever. No fish recorded at the weigh in. My spies tell me that Jackie N lost a decent fish late on - a 10 pointer that one, Jackie. 2 small fish and 2 sticklebacks were reported by Paul, Barrie, Ian and Willie respectively. No fish and no points awarded. Poor stuff. At least the Accies won!
The Lake of Menteith, 13 August 2015
The result from the Lake are as follows:
lb oz Points 1st Ian G 4 fish 13 09 10 2nd Laurie T 4 fish 12 14 9 3rd Paul W 4 fish 12 04 8 4th Jackie N 4 fish 11 02 6.5 5th Keith J 4 fish 11 02 6.5 6th Alastair S 4 fish 9 14 5 7th John G 4 fish 9 08 3.5 8th Robin B 4 fish 9 08 3.5 9th Barrie D 4 fish 7 08 2 10th Tom C 2 Fish 5 04 1
Total number of fish caught was 41, for a total weight of 61 lb 2 oz, a rod average of just over 1.5 fish and an average weight of just over 3lb. Well done to Keith, catching a rainbow of 7.5 lb - anyone got a photo?
Linlithgow Loch, 4 July 2015
The results from Linlithgow are as follows:
lb oz Points 1st Paul W 4 fish 10 12 10 2nd Keith 2 fish 10 00 9 3rd Ian G 4 fish 9 08 8 4th Jackie N 3 fish 8 04 7 5th John G 2 fish 7 10 6 6th Robin B 2 fish 5 00 5 7th Tom C 1 fish 4 00 4 8th David P 1 fish 3 04 3 9th Bobby R 1 fish 3 00 2 10th Not Awarded
Total number of fish caught was 20, for a total weight of 61 lb 2 oz, a rod average of just over 1.5 fish and an average weight of just over 3lb. Well done to Keith, catching a rainbow of 7.5 lb - anyone got a photo?
The Lake of Menteith, 25 June 2015
A somewhat different day to some of the windy experiences of the last few months. We were becalmed at times and while there were fish moving, they proved, for most of us, pretty difficult to catch. Sydney had a decent fish on in Gateside Bay early on, but it proved to be a pesky pike! Sadly, (apart from lunch!) that was to be the highlight of Sydney's day. Most of the fish caught seemed to be in open water, with Ian G finding them between the smaller island and Gateside bay. Others found fish in the Mallin shore area. The full results are as follows:
lb oz Points 1st Jackie N 4 fish 11 01 10 2nd Laurie T 4 fish 10 13 9 3rd Ian G 4 fish 10 06 8 4th Tom B 4 fish 9 15 7 5th Willie 4 fish 9 09 6 6th Robin B 4 fish 7 12 5 7th Bobby R 3 fish 7 10 4 8th David O 3 fish 6 11 3 9th Alastair S 3 fish 6 04 2 10th David P 2 fish 5 12 1
The total number of fish caught was 42, totalling 103 lb 6 oz, giving a rod average of 2.3 fish per angler and an average weight in the region of 2lb 10 oz.
Carron Valley Reservoir Fishery - 6 June 2015
Update - this competition was cancelled on the morning it was due to take place. Sadly, many people travelled a distance in what was always going to be an act of futility.
Carron Valley Fishery has advised the Bothwell and Blantyre Angling Club that fishing is on tomorrow (Saturday), and by implication, as we have a boat fishing booking, that boats will be allowed out. Tom B has been assured that the wind will be about 15mph, but that it will be very wet. This screenshot, taken from the weather link from the Carron Valley Fishery website, tells a different story. I wonder which will prove to be more accurate!
The Black Loch, 24 May 2015
The Black Loch is a recently established fishery on a mature stretch of water of around 120 acres in size. It is well stocked, has seen serious investment in buildings and good quality boats, and is gaining an excellent reputation on the Scottish angling scene. The one thing that cannot be controlled by fishery staff is the weather and this is what, for me, characterises this fishery. It sits on the top of the central belt of Scotland, has little cover from any direction, but especially from the prevailing westerly wind. It provided challenging fishing when the club fished there in April and a strong westerly and very (VERY) gusty wind ensured that fishing would once again be 'fun'. A quick look around the loch at 9.15 showed boats dotted around the western and south western margins, with a couple of brave pairings heading to school bay. We watched a brave (foolhardy?) pair (not from the B&B) chugging to the bottom of the wind on their electric engine - I think they got back against the wind, but I really don't know how..... Anyway, Laurie was very swiftly off the mark with 3 fish in the first hour, followed by Ian G opening his account mid morning. David O had one on the rewind, suggesting they might want lures pulled, but that proved not to be the case. A few fish were reported at lunchtime, mainly 1s, but Ian G had 2 at this point and there were a few blanks. The afternoon saw a change of location to the top of the wind for your reporter, With Ian G and David finding fish to the side of Tom B and John G's boat - we were very disappointed when they moved off, removing our casting marker in the process. By the end of the day it seemed that not too many fish had been caught judging by blank looks and shoulder shrugs as the boats came in. Those that were caught fell to a variety of lures (booby, blob, nomad), with a couple on nymphs and at least one on a Kate McLaren! We caught 25 fish unequally shared among 18 rods, for a total of 69lb, giving a rod average of less than 1.5 and an average weight of around 2 lb 12 oz. It was nice to see Ian Hendrie, a former club member fishing with us as a guest, and we must commiserate with John G, the only angler to catch a fish and not get a point! The full results are:
lb oz Points 1st David O 5 fish 14 06 10 2nd Ian G 5 fish 12 15 9 3rd Laurie T 5 fish 12 13 8 4th Robin B 2 fish 5 10 7 5th Tom B 2 fish 5 06 6 6th Tom C 1 fish 3 11 5 7th Bobby R 1 fish 3 02 4 8th Paul W 1 fish 3 00 3 9th Sam F 1 fish 2 09 2 10th Barrie D 1 fish 2 00 1
The Lake of Menteith, 7 May 2015
It looked to be a nice day as we met up in the car park at the Lake of Menteith lodge, but as soon as you stepped round that very smart building a biting westerly wind grabbed you in the Trossachs. We started off with a photo and a presentation of a new club hat (and a bottle of whisky) to Douglas Fraser, the Lake of Menteith boatman. Douglas has just completed 30 years at the Lake and throughout that time has been a very good friend to the Bothwell and Blantyre. Here's to the next 30, Douglas! (What say you, Quint? :-) )
The boats spread from the off, with the Butts being popular for some shelter (and a few fish), International Bay suiting Willie and Barrie (a fish very early for Willie), some heading for Sam's Point and a couple of boats settling on an exploration of the Gravel Pit and Kate's Brae. Laurie took a large Brown Trout (6lb) early on in the day and continued to catch impressively for a total of 12 fish. By late afternoon he was catching a fish a cast at Sam's Point, going into Reedy Bay. I heard there were a few fish caught in Gateside bay, and at the Butts moving up towards Lochend, but didn't hear of any activity elsewhere. The usual variety of flies took fish, from boobies-off-the-top dry fly style, to the same fly on a di 3, to cormorants, cruncher and diawl bach nymphs, with YDs and blobs adding to the total. Lines from floater, MT, slow glass to di 3 worked, but I didn't hear of anyone needing to go deeper. In the end, we weighed in 36 fish, with 16 returned, giving a rod average of close to 3. The fish (in my experience) fought well above their weight and were in fine condition. Total weight was 92lb 6oz, for an average of just over 2.5lb. The full results are as follows:
lb oz Points 1st Laurie T 4 fish 12 12 10 2nd Robin B 4 fish 10 06 9 3rd Willie E 4 fish 9 02 8 4th Tom B 4 fish 9 00 7 5th David O 4 fish 8 12 6 6th Ian G 3 fish 8 07 5 7th Paul W 3 fish 7 10 4 8th Jackie N 2 fish 6 05 3 9th John G 3 fish 6 00 2 10th Barrie D 2 fish 5 09 1
The Black Loch Fishery, 25 April 2015
The Black Loch was a new experience for me and it is a very impressive fishery - superb facilities and decent fish. As many of you know (from my moaning on Saturday!) I don't really like fishing at anchor, but if that what is required, it sometimes has to be done. Some good anglers did it very well on Saturday and were rewarded with some fine fish. Bobby R and I decided to drift to start with and a very long drift saw a few fish on the top of the water, but nothing consistent. We had been keeping and eye on the other boats - but obviously not very well because fish were being caught and we didn't notice! Successful lines were MT, slow and fast intermediate, as the fish moved up and down a bit in the water. A variety of flies caught, including the Ally McCoist, cormorants, boobies, DBs and buzzers. We had four 5 fish limit bags, and a ladies dress shoe was weighed in by a certain Mr TC. Biggest catch of the day was the bank, but I shall resist telling you that it was Laurie. Laurie also caught the biggest fish, a cracker of 7.5lb. Anyone got a pic of it? Barrie had a fish, below, of over 6lb and Ian G had one of over 5lb. Good angling, gents.
The full results are: lb oz Points 1st Barrie D 5 fish 15 12 10 2nd Laurie T 4 fish 15 07 9 3rd Ian G 5 fish 14 12 8 4th Jackie N 5 fish 13 09 7 5th Robin B 5 fish 11 08 6 6th John G 4 fish 09 09 5 7th Gilbert 3 fish 06 11 4 8th Alastair 2 fish 05 10 3 9th David O 2 fish 04 11 2 10th Tom C 2 fish 04 03 1
Barrie's excellent fish at the Black Loch
Frandy Fishery, 18 April 2015
After the disappointment of the first competition of the year at the Lake being cancelled, we all arrived at Frandy full of hope for a fine re-start to the season. As usual, there were fish moving on the top as we tackled up with the usual mix of different lines and flies. Barrie was off the mark quickly with a couple of fish off the top in the first half hour, and Paul had a fish first cast (always a bad sign!) but for the rest of us it was hard going. Fishing with our guest Brian, I kept an eye on the boats at the dam end and down towards the lodge, but didn't see much rod-bending action. We had a couple of very sharp pulls but they didn't stick and we were fishless until midday, when I picked up a stray fish next to the lodge. A few people were doing better, Barrie, Bill M, Tom C and Robert C among them, but the boats were well spread and we didn't see any sign of particular hot spots. The new drink driving law curtailed lunchtime activity somewhat, after now traditional pastie and pork pie for Paul and I respectively, we trailed our respective boat partners towards the top of the loch. Brian and I found fish on the north shore while Tom B managed to avoid getting a couple of fish in the boat by very sportingly letting them go early. I understand that he even gifted the fly to one fish. Robert C and Tom C were building an impressive boat total towards the top end of the water, too. Lots of flies caught fish, from goldheads, to boobies, to cormorants. Crucial thing seemed to me to be the depth, and when we found fish consistently, they were at a depth of about 10-12 ft, and liked a very slow retrieve. Anyone doing anything different?
In the end, Robert's 6 fish were bigger than Ian's 6 fish were bigger than my 6 fish. We caught, if memory serves me correctly, 20 rods caught 61 fish for 125.5lb, with a rod average of just over 3 and a weight average of a tad over 2lb.
The full results are: lb oz Points 1st Robert C 6 fish 13 08 10 2nd Ian G 6 fish 13 00 9 3rd David O 6 fish 12 00 8 4th Laurie T 6 fish 11 08 7 5th Bill M 5 fish 10 04 6 6th Keith J 5 fish 09 08 5 7th Barrie D 4 fish 08 12 4 8th Jackie N 4 fish 08 10 3 9th Tom C 4 fish 08 04 2 10th Robin B 4 fish 07 14 1
2015 Club Outings
Sat 28 Mar Lake of Menteith - Cancelled due to high winds Sat 18 Apr Frandy Fishery - Report is on this page Sat 25 Apr Black Loch - Report is on this page Thurs 7 May Lake of Menteith - Report is on this page Sun 24 May Black Loch - Report is on this page Sat 6 Jun Carron Valley Reservoir - Cancelled due to high winds Thurs 25 Jun Lake of Menteith - Report is on this page Sat 4 Jul Linlithgow Loch - Results are on this page Sat 18 Jul Carron Valley Reservoir - Cancelled due to high winds Thurs 13 Aug Lake of Menteith - Results to follow Sat 29 Aug Loch Leven Sat 19 Sep Linlithgow Loch - Note Change of Date - not the Sunday
Competition Reports will appear here as they become available.