Club Championship standings after 3 competitions as follows (Black Loch results to be added):
David O 27 pts Robin 23.5 pts Barrie 21 pts Paul 21 pts Willie 17 pts Laurie 17 pts John 8 pts Sam 6.5 pts Jimmy 5 pts Bill 4 pts Alastair 3 pts Ian G 2 pts Bobby 1 pt
Planned outings for 2019
The following outings are planned for 2019: (Saturday unless stated)
23 March - Lake of Menteith - Done! Sunday 14 April - Frandy Fishery - 9am - 4.30pm - 8 boats booked 27 April - Black Loch Fishery - 9am - 4.15pm - 9 boats booked Thursday 9 May - Lake of Menteith 9.30am - 5.30pm - 9 boats booked 1 June - Frandy Fishery - 9am - 4.30pm - 8 boats booked 15 June - Loch Leven - 10am - 5.30pm - 5 boats booked Thursday 27 June - Lake of Menteith - 9.30am - 5.30pm - 9 boats booked 13 July - Linlithgow Loch - 9am - 4pm - 7 boats booked 27 July - Black Loch Fishery - 9am - 4.15pm - 9 boats booked Thursday 15 August - Lake of Menteith - 9.30am - 5.30pm - 8 boats booked Sunday 1 September - Frandy Fishery - 9am - 4.30pm - 7 boats booked 21 September - Black Loch Fishery - 9am - 4.15pm - 8 boats booked
Frandy Fishery - 14 April 2019
Wow. That was some day. We arrived at Frandy to find the water looking good - I say 'looking' advisedly, because looks can be deceptive.... It wasn't until we started to kit up that the extreme cold of the biting easterly wind made itself fully known. It was strong and blustery and as a result, fishing proved exceptionally difficult. We were also hampered by having to use electric outboards - Scottish Water having advised Frandy that horrible polluting petrol outboards were no longer acceptable on the water - no doubt the Scottish Water officials enforcing this new rule were driving around in petrol or diesel automobiles (just saying'). (Frandy's new LPG outboard motors arrived at the fishery the day after our visit.) In the meantime, thanks to all those Club members who provided electric motors and batteries at very short notice - much appreciated.
Anyway... Alastair and I headed for the dam area, intending to drift down the south shore towards the lodge. The wind had other ideas and our progress was swift and erratic. We each managed a fish, but Alastair's didn't hang on long enough to count - mea partially culpa for getting in the way. We saw Barrie take a fish and a couple of other rods bending, but action was intermittent, to say the least. By 10.30 I was cold and grumpy - actually, very cold - and suggested to Alastair that we go in for a coffee. We were not alone - El Pres and bro were not far behind us, and Robin and JK had decided to fish off the bank, such was the wind and the motor/battery situation. Laurie and Ian/Bill win the endurance prizes - the latter pair sitting under the dam steeple casting in the erratic and swirling wind for most of the day, managing to snare a hard-earned fish. (I spent 10 mins under the dam at one point and my admiration for Bill and Ian sticking it our knows no bounds.) Laurie, meanwhile, was accumulating steadily doing a variety of drifts from the dam wall. While all this was going on, Robin was catching a few from the bank, as were Willie, Paul and Millar. After Alastair departed to a birthday party appointment, I went back out for a couple of short sessions and managed a few fish. In all, 15 of us accumulated 23 trout, of which 7 were returned, with the average weight being over 2 lb. A mixture of lures took fish - blobs, boobies and goldheads. I didn't hear of any nymph or dry fly caught fish, but you never know. The full results are:
1st David O 5 fish 10 lb 08 oz 10 points 2nd Laurie 4 fish 10 lb 01 oz 9 points 3rd Robin 5 fish 10 lb 00 oz 8 points 4th Willie 3 fish 6 lb 12 oz 7 points 5th Barrie 2 fish 4 lb 01 oz 6 points 6th Paul 2 fish 4 lb 00 oz 5 points 7th Bill 1 fish 2 lb 00 oz 4 points
Guest Millar E also managed a fish. I don't recall a season before when we failed to register 10 scoring anglers in each of the 1st 2 competitions. Good luck to all those heading for the Black Loch on 27th - your regular scribe will be elsewhere on that day, but hopefully Paul will pen a few words and drop the results to me. Happy Easter!
Lake of Menteith - 23 March 2019
Well, every opening outing seems different each year. From ice a few years ago, to pleasant sunny day couple of years ago, to wet and windy on some occasions. I suppose we shouldn't be surprised, given that it's still March in Scotland, and even the early March Browns were laughing at us from their nymph stage. This year, I think our opening day could be described as deceptive. There was much car park bonhomie in evidence, black pudding sandwiches being consumed and casts being tied - and then we went round to the other side of the lodge and BLIMEY, that's cold. It was. It didn't change. 4 anglers made a wise early tactical retreat, your scribe was seen in gloves between drifts and the fishy operation was patchy. As ever, some found the method, which seemed to be in the fast glass - Di3 range, with fly not being too important, although my straw poll after the event suggests that lures did much better than the imitative stuff. Mr President spooned a couple of fish, to find not much and a few small buzzers - at least one of these fish had taken his pink blob, but funnily enough pink daphnia in its natural state was conspicuous by its absence in the spooned fish....
Anyway, Barrie found the method and boated a number of decent fish among his 10 - well done - very good angling on the day. Robin was nearly as good with 9, but he obviously kept the method and the effective flies a secret from his boat partner - enough said. David and Willie managed 10 between them, taken from a fairly large area around the south east of the lake. We seemed to have missed out a bit in that Malling fished well, but I'm not sure if any of the B&B boats ventured that far west. Anyway, the full results are as follows:
1st Barrie 10 fish 20 lb 00 oz 10 points 2nd Robin 9 fish 18 lb 00 oz 9 points 3rd David O 6 fish 12 lb 00 oz 8 points 4th Willie 4 fish 6 lb 08 oz 7 points 5th Paul 2 fish 5 lb 06 oz 6 points 6th Jimmy 1 fish 2 lb 01 oz 5 points 7th John G 1 fish 2 lb 00 oz 4 points 8th Alastair 1 fish 1 lb 08 oz 3 points
34 fish caught by 13 anglers gives a rod average of 2.6. I'm not sure there's much point in calculating average weight, as 27 of the 34 fish were returned, but those weighed in averaged just under 2, helped by Paul's fish of 3lb 6 oz.
Fish caught by Robin and Barrie are pictured below - click on them to see them properly. See you all at Frandy.