Club Championship standings after all 12 competitions are as follows (subject to verification by Paul):
1st Robin 71.5 pts (8 scores) 2nd David O 70 pts (best 8 scores) 3rd Laurie 66 pts (best 8 scores) 4th Paul 64.5 pts (best 8 scores) 5th Willie 62 pts (best 8 scores) 6th Barrie 56.5 pts (best 8 scores) 7th Ian G 47 pts (8 scores) 8th= John 25.5 pts 8th= Bobby 25.5 pts 10th Bill 17.5 pts 11th Jimmy 11.5 pts 12th Alastair 9 pts 13th Sam 8.5 pts 14th Gilbert 7 pt 15th David P 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 - Done! 27 April - Black Loch Fishery - 9am - 4.15pm - Done! Thursday 9 May - Lake of Menteith 9.30am - 5.30pm - Done! 1 June - Frandy Fishery - 9am - 4.30pm - Done! 15 June - Loch Leven - 10am - 5.30pm - Done! Thursday 27 June - Lake of Menteith - 9.30am - 5.30pm - Done! 13 July - Linlithgow Loch - 9am - 4pm - Done! 27 July - Black Loch Fishery - 9am - 4.15pm - Done! Thursday 15 August - Lake of Menteith - 9.30am - 5.30pm - Done! Sunday 1 September - Frandy Fishery - 9am - 4.30pm - Done! 21 September - Black Loch Fishery - 9am - 4.15pm - 8 boats booked
Loch Leven - 15 June 2019
Loch Leven was kinder to us weather-wise than in recent years, and we started off in a moderate south easterly with good cloud cover. Later we had to put up with a stronger easterly with sunny spells and variable cloud. Again many members had other plans so only 6 rods made up the 3 boats. Paul was out with Ian, Laurie with Barrie while Gilbert and Robert were in the other boat. We spoke to Alan Smith before heading out who reported buzzers were working fished static at anchor for presentation on the 14 to 15 foot contours all around the loch. Pulling was also working on di7 or di8 lines on the same contours. Ian and Paul began on the drift from Scart to Green Isle with no luck. A move to mid buoy pulling on a di7 produced a follow from a monster which chased a swiftly pulled dunkeld all the way to the boat only to turn away at the last moment. Next move was to the point of St Serfs no luck. By this time it was lunch time so the 'Paul Pasty' was out and the time was used usefully to motor up to hole of the inch. Laurie and Barrie were spied, but reported no luck either. Another move to the sluices and buzzers on tip lines fished static finally provided some action. The birds were working 200 yards out at the 15ft mark - Paul lost a decent fish then Ian got a good one. Paul and Ian finished with 2 keepers each, all fish were returned and counted as 1.25 lb each as per national qualifying rules. At the end of the day Barrie reported 2 pulls and a couple of follows and that was it. So the points work out like this:
1st = Ian 2 fish 2 lb 08 oz 9.5 points 1st = Paul 2 fish 2 lb 08 oz 9.5 points Well done to Ian and Paul - breaking the Loch Leven duck of a few years. The Winship Quaich and Bob Stewart trophy will find proper homes for next winter! Thanks to Paul for the report, and see you all at Lake of Menteith next week. A couple of nice trout are pictured below - again thanks to Paul for the photos.
Frandy Fishery - 1 June 2019
We had a really interesting day at the Frandy Fishery and it was a pity that so many club members had other plans, or, in the case of the Sec, had other commitments thrust upon them! First of all, the weather - it was actually pleasant, which is a nice change for this season, so far. 7 anglers set out after seeing rising fish from the car park and jetty and it was interesting to note that almost all boats, not just the B&BAC boat, turned left and headed up the reservoir. Paul found fish on the south shore around the island, Barrie and Bobby found fish on the same shore near the lodge and I'm not sure where Jimmy and Bill were at this stage. Gilbert and I tried the north shore off the gorse and each had an early fish, but later found greater success in and around the wee bay and point right by the jetty. We hung around there most of the day. Paul was on dries and doing well, while Barrie had a good morning but couldn't get them to hang on so much in the afternoon. Lunch was a most social affair, with all B&B anglers congregating in the lodge for half an hour or so to exchange info and tales of derring-do...(and have a dram.) Lots of different methods accounted for fish, including dries, muddlers, nymphs, godheads and boobies. The trick seemed to be to find the fish and persevere! The results were as follows:
1st Paul 14 fish 30 lb 04 oz 10 points 2nd David O 11 fish 22 lb 00 oz 9 points 3rd Barrie 8 fish 14 lb 15 oz 8 points 4th Bill 7 fish 14 lb 00 oz 7 points 5th Bobby 3 fish 6 lb 00 oz 6 points 6th Gilbert 1 fish 2 lb 04 oz 5 points 7th Jimmy K 1 fish 2 lb 00 oz 4 points
7 anglers caught a total of 45 fish for a rod average of just under 6.5 fish and the total weight of 90lb suggests an average weight of 2lb per fish. Thanks to all who attended and good luck to those heading for Loch Leven on 15 June.
President Will and current Club Champion Laurie fished in the Bob Church Classic at Rutland Water on 2 June. Willie came a very creditable 8th with 7 fish on what seemed to be a difficult day and in a very strong field. Laurie had a more relaxed day, but I'm sure both gents had a tremendous day.
Lake or Menteith - 9 May 2019
Well, that was a bit different. It was still cold when our 14 anglers gathered at the lodge, but thankfully the whole day was fished in fine conditions and with, for the most part, co-operative fish. No Bothwell and Blantyre angler finished with fewer than 4 fish, with the Butts, Todd Hole, Lochend, Kate's Brae, Sam's Point and Sandy Bay all producing fish. Our Sam produced a 4 fish bag of 14lb, suggesting a high average weight of fish. (Robin wants his fly back, by the way...) Paul accumulated steadily during the morning and reported 10 fish by lunchtime in a variety of locations. David had a decent start in Sandy Bay and Willie and Laurie did well on various Lochend drifts. Buzzers proved to be the best fly for many, but a mixture of DBs and junk food accounted for numbers of fish, too. The full result is as follows:
1st Paul 15 fish 32 lb 08 oz 10 points 2nd David O 14 fish 28 lb 12 oz 9 points 3rd Laurie 13 fish 25 lb 14 oz 8 points 4th= Robin 12 fish 24 lb 00 oz 6.5 points 4th= Sam 9 fish 24 lb 00 oz 6.5 points 6th Barrie 10 fish 20 lb 11 oz 5 points 7th John G 9 fish 19 lb 08 oz 4 points 8th Willie 9 fish 18 lb 10 oz 3 points 9th Ian G 8 fish 16 lb 00 oz 2 points 10th Bobby 7 fish 14 lb 00 oz 1 points
Bill, Alastair, Tom C and Jimmy K all returned 4 or 5 fish but didn't make the points list. Highly unusual in the B&B. We caught a total of 123 fish, of which 79 were returned. Average weight of fish killed was just over 2lb 4 oz, and the rod average for the club was 8.78. A tremendous day's fishing and many thanks to Quint and Douglas at the Lake.
Black Loch - 27 April 2019
The 9 members of the B and B ( low turn-out:- all in the points?) arrived at the black loch with a flat calm to light northly wind and a loch with fish rising all over. The weather was forecast to change during the day to 14 mph N/E to N to N/N/E to N/W by the afternoon with the possibility of storms. For once we were lucky in that although the wind did change many times we missed the storms we and we missed the rain with only one light shower. When we went in Davie reported that lightening was spotted in the distance and the storm clouds just passed either side of the loch and apparently there were floods in the clyde valley!!. To the fishing:- the word was midge tip or floater, dam bay to high bank with red holo diawl bachs with a candy booby on the point. At the off the wind had picked up and the fish seen rising all over disappeared in the ripple. Most boats headed to the sunken island, dam, fence to high bank areas. Early on no rods were seen bending and Laurie’s boat was observed to be doing a systematic search all around the sunken island with not much success. John Gould landed an early fish but surprisingly not that much was happening. I was fishing with Ian who started to hook the odd fish and then proceed to have premature catch and release. By lunch time we found ourselves in school bay, Ian had 2, I had nothing so I cast out a team of buzzers on the floater and got the pasty out. That did the trick the line shot away and that was one to the excellent bill marsh method. Ian did the same. After lunch we went over to the top southwest corner and spotted Willie at the start of the high bank. He reported 8 on the floater and black buzzers. Other boats soon spotted this as well and a line formed all the way down the top of the south shore. Most were fishing static but Laurie was now doing well covering rising fish figure of 8 with a booby on the 5 foot ghost tip. Willie and Ian continued to steadily put together excellent bags on the static buzzer. With everybody catching fish all were in the points as follows:
1st Laurie 12 fish 26 lb 02 oz 10 points 2nd Willie 12 fish 24 lb 07 oz 9 points 3rd Ian 7 fish 14 lb 05 oz 8 points 4th John 5 fish 12 lb 11 oz 7 points 5th Barrie 5 fish 12 lb 09 oz 6 points 6th Paul 3 fish 6 lb 00 oz 5 points 7th Bobby 2 fish 4 lb 06 oz 4 points 8th Alastair 2 fish 4 lb 04 oz 3 points 9th Gilbert 1 fish 2 lb 02 oz 2 points
So all anglers did get a point or 10! The totals for 9 rods were 19 fish kept, 30 returned, with a total weight of 102lb 08 oz, for an average weight of just over 2lb and a rod average of just under 5.5 fish per angler. Thanks to Paul for the report and see you at Frandy on Saturday.
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.