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Friday, 25 May 2018

Fishing report by Jim Boyd


JIM BOYD - angling journalist/photographer

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Issued by Jim Boyd on behalf of the following fisheries on Monday 21 May 2018. The
report is for the week ending Sunday, 20 May 2018 2018.

1. FRANDY (Gleneagles) On the individual front Tam Melville & Jim Galloway from
Blairgowrie kept 10 fish weighing 26lb 4oz, Brian Hepburn & Alex Hamilton (Kelty) 10
fish 22lb, Brian Thorne (Crook of Devon) & Alastair Murphy from Rowbank
kept 10 fish weighing 23lb 8oz and released 8. Judith & David Swan from
Helensburgh 4 fish weighing 9lb and released 3, Bill Ramage (Alva) kept 4 fish
weighing 10lb and released 10, Davie & Andy Hunter (Alloa) caught and released
19, Glen & Ronnie Mackie kept 6 fish weighing 12lb 8oz and released 6 and Mike
Hatton from Kent kept 3 fish weighing 6lb 8oz and released a further 4. Bobby
Paterson from Stirling caught & released 8, Helen Philp & James Massie (Kinross)
kept 7 fish weighing 19lb and released 6, Ian McGregor (Madderty) kept 2 fish
weighing 6lb 8oz and released 9, Robin Eadie (Kinross) 3 fish for 6lb 8oz, George
Keith & Tom Lansdown (Dunfermline) kept 5 fish weighing 12lb and Billy Thomson
from Auchterarder kept 2 fish weighing 7lb and released a further 6.

Bobby Paterson from Stirling caught and released 10.
On the club front Cove & Kilcreggan A/C kept 13 fish weighing 27lb and released a
further 12, Pitcarmick A/C kept 20 fish weighing 45lb 4oz, Alexanders FFC 31 fish
weighing 67lb and released 9, Townhill A/C kept 48 fish weighing 106lb and the
Masonic Competition kept 38 fish weighing 85lb 4oz. Scottish Ladies A/C kept 19
fish weighing 40lb and released a further 16.
The top taking flies have been the Minkie, Green Buzzers, Ace of Spades, Leggy
Bloodworm, Kate McLaren, Okey Dokey and Cormorants whilst all areas continue to
fish well.

2. ORCHILL TROUT FISHERY (Braco) The sun shone nice and bright on Saturday
for the annual Strathcarron Hospice Charity Day and thanks to all anglers throughout
the year the magnificent sum of £3,421was raised. In all 94 fish were caught for
241lbs and the event was won by two anglers Brian Neilson and Allan Buchan with
catches of 4 fish weighing in at 12lbs 4oz. Lucas Alonso -Spring was third with 4 for
12lbs and the next three places were all equal with catches of 4 for 11lbs by Allan
Doyle, Jack Gibb and John Speedie. Lucas had the heaviest fish at 5lbs 8oz and
throughout the day Dries, Buzzers, Diawl Bach and Lures were all catching fish.
Owner, Elizabeth Jackson thanks all the generous anglers, helpers and others who
made the day such a big success.


4. MARKLE (East Lothian) It was another week of big specimens coming off with
Bruce Hunter from Edinburgh using a Black Lure to take one at 10lbs 8oz, Jackie
Hay, Haddington, ha a brace weighing 12lbs 8oz – best 8lbs on a lure, Bruce Hunter,
on another visit, had one at 8lbs on a lack Lure and B Hargreaves from Edinburgh
had 4 – best 8lbs. Liam Allison from Dalkeith had one at 8lbs on a Dry and A Gill
used a Rabbit to take one at 8lbs.

5. SWANSWATER (Stirling) A warm, dry, sunny week saw the water temperature
rise from 12oC to 14oC and the fish become much more active. On the days when
there was some cloud cover they were to be found in the top 3 feet of the water, but
in the bright sunshine they were much deeper – around 5-6 feet down. In the
mornings they were to be found along the bank from the Dam to the boats where
there was a bit of shade from the sun. In the afternoons and evenings they were
more spread out with the island an occasional hotspot. Deep down they were taking
mostly lures, including Dancer, Ally McCoist, Cat’s Whisker and Olive lure. When
they were nearer the surface the best patterns included nymphs and wets including
Hare’s Ear, PTN, Diawl Bach, Bibio, Kate McLaren and Mallard & Claret. As the
water warmed anglers reported a lot of tail-nipping and chasing so a reasonably fast
retrieve was required to hook up with fish. Some dry flies were also working with
Hawthorns and Black Gnat both being successful in attracting fish. Browns and
Tigers are still figuring in the catch returns with many lovely over-wintered Browns
being caught. The Fishery is now open every day from 8.00am to 9.30pm.
Rab Bonar, Menstrie, 5 for 15lb, Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, 7 for 20lb 12oz
including a Blue and a Tiger, plus 9 C&R, Donald Macrae, Skye, 3 for 9lb including a
Brown, Neil Andrew, Ayrshire, 3 for 9lb, plus 3 C&R including a Brown and Alec
Peachey, Hamilton, 3 for 9lb including 4lb Rainbow. Robert Park, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb
including 2 Blues, Ian MacDonald, Alva, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, Danny Doherty,
Denny, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, Andy Brown, Dunfermline, 3 for 8lb 4oz including a
Blue and Lawrence Eddie, Grangemouth, 3 for 8lb including 2 Browns. Robert Smith,
Falkirk, 2 for 7lb, plus 2 C&R including a Tiger, David Laurie, Rosyth, 2 for 7lb
including 4lb Blue, Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 12oz, Andy Tervit, Paisley, 2 for 6lb
8oz including a Gold and a Tiger and James Dick, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 8oz plus 1 C&R.
Andy Duffin, Fallin, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue, Robert White, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 2oz
including a Blue, David Stirling, Edinburgh, 2 for 6lb including a Brown, plus 5 C&R,
Jim Craig, Balloch, 2 for 6lb including a Brown, Alasdair Dick, Stirling, 2 for 5lb,
including a Tiger, plus 2 C&R, Tom Clark, Stirling, 5lb Green, Henry Fulton,
Greenock, 4lb 4oz Rainbow and Brian Eadie, Cowie, caught and released 20 in the
small ponds. Willie Nyguist, Stirling, caught and released 9 and Scott Fosbery,
caught and released 9.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Lake fishing report by Quint

Lake of Menteith 15/5/18
Temperature at 6ft 13.5C and Secchi disk Water Clarity 4.3m

ITS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE HAVE HAD CLARITY THIS GOOD – I almost ran out of measuring rope.!!!! Lots of zooplankton in the water column. The buzzer fishing has really kicked off this week with straight lining or washing line methods working well in the South East Basin and the Butts. Good catches are also being reported from the Malling shore (aka Roman Bay). Earlier in the week the dancer or damsel was the fly of choice as the fish were fry bashing a large shoal of roach in Hotel Bay.
ROAD CLOSURE BETWEEN THE SMIDDY AT BLAIRDRUMMOND AND THORNHILL (A873) FROM MONDAY 21ST MAY FOR 2 WEEKS. Alternative routes via Arnprior or continue on A84 to the petrol station and turn left on B826 to Thornhill.
SCOTTISH POLICE RECREATION ASSOCIATION EAST were out (in force) with 16 boats on Monday 14th and netted a total of 273 fish (killing 90) giving an EXCEEDINGLY GOOD boat average of 17 fish. Secretary Brian Clifton was out at the end of last week and netted this cracker – you won’t see a better tail.

THE SCOTTISH DISABLED NATIONAL organised by the SDFFA took place on Sunday 13th with boats provided FOC by the fisheries and the event orchestrated by Wullie Leach. The 26 anglers killed 46 and returned a further 92 (rod av.5.3). Top rod and 2018 Disabled Champion was Jim Crawford with 18 trout. In 2nd place was Graham Steele with 16 and 3rd was Gary Johnson with 12 fish. Also qualifying to fish in Ireland were Tony Boyce, John Singleton, Colin Broadhead and Robert Chisholm (see picture below_. Andy Smith and David Stewart were given reserve places. Jim Crawford was straight lining FARIO buzzers with the T-SHIRT QUILL BUZZER taking quite a few.
SCOTTISH CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP HEAT 2 Top team on Saturday was Heriot AC with 14 trout (J.McBride 5, Derek Kilgour 5 and Keith Logan 4. Tartan Tyers AC (Andy McAdam, Alan Martin and Scot Aitken) and Bothwell and Blantyre also went through to the semis. 24 anglers netted 72 fish.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Fishing report by Jim Boyd


JIM BOYD - angling journalist/photographer

Issued by Jim Boyd on behalf of the following fisheries on Monday 14 May 2018. The report is for the week ending Sunday, 13 May 2018 2018.

1. FRANDY (Gleneagles) Robin Eadie from Kinross kept 5 fish weighing 12lb 2oz and released a further 3, Jim Watson & Dave Gonsales, Auchtermuchty, 6 fish for 12lb 8oz, Graham Murray, Tullibody 3 fish for 6lb and Mick Seaton & Jim McNicol from Aberfeldy kept 10 fish weighing 25lb 4oz – heaviest 4lb and released a further 8. Sandy Forgan & Jimmy Hunter from Dundee took 8 fish weighing 21lb 8oz – heaviest 4lb and released 17, Tosh Stewart & Billy Thomson, Auchterarder, 6 fish weighing 12lb and released 2, Archie Davidson, Stirling, kept 3 fish weighing 7lb 8oz, Mark Paterson, Stirling, caught and released 9, Paul Holbourne, Edinburgh, caught and released 6 and  Paul Friethy from Bridge of Earn, kept 3 fish weighing 6lb. Paul Mondor from Auchterarder 2 fish weighing 5lb and released 8, Stephen Bathgate, Rosyth, 5 fish weighing 13lb, Colin & Graham Shepherd, Dundee, 8 fish for 19lb 4oz and released 6, Lee & Darren Shepherd from Dundee caught & released 11 and Kenny Baird from Tillicoultry kept 4 fish weighing 9lb.
On the angling club front Milngavie A/C kept 32 fish weighing 79lb 12oz and released a further 21, the Last Cast A/C 20 fish for 45lb 4oz released another 10, Pencaitland A/C took 33 fish weighing 78lb and released Leslie & Glenrothes A/C kept 15 fish weighing 28lb 12oz and released a further 27 and Monifieth A/C had 37 fish weighing 84lb.
The best fly patterns last week included the Cormorant, Ace of Spades, Bibio, Green Buzzers and the Yellow Fozzie whilst the best fishing area proved to be on the north shore from the Dow Burn to the Dam Wall.

2. ORCHILL TROUT FISHERY (Braco) J McMillan from Tillicoultry had a brace for 9lbs 4oz – best 6lbs on an Ally McCoist, Tony Hingley, Alloa, 2 fish weighing 6lbs 8oz on an Ally McCoist, David Pitcaithly, Falkirk, 2 fish for 8lbs on an Okey Dokey, David Duncan, Slamannan, 2 fish for 4lbs 12oz on an Orange Fritz and W. Williams from Sauchie used a Yellow Dancer to take a brace for 6lbs 8oz. Dean Parker from  Auchterarder had 2 for 5lbs on a Black Lure, Alec Fitzsimmons, Fintry, 4 fish for 10 lbs on a Montana, Peter Coelho, Paisley, 3 fish for 7lbs 4oz on a Sedge and R. Purvis from Glenrothes took 3 fish for 9 lbs on a Pin Fry. Jim Linton from Moodiesburn used a Wotsit to catch 4 weighing 10lbs, Ian Law, Barrhead, 2 fish weighing 5 lbs on a Black Cat and Allan Laing from Carluke took a brace for 6lbs on a Damsel.
Will anglers please note the next Sunday, the 20th of May, the water is fully booked for the Strathcarron Charity Day.

3. FORBES OF KINGENNIE (Broughty Ferry) Although the weather was still erratic, there has been a hint that spring is now on the doorstep. This has resulted in more fly life on the water and an increase in fish being taken on various patterns of dry flies. On the Boathouse Pool the Abernethy party returned a dozen fish and Mr. Gilmour returned six. Mr. Cochrane took two rainbows for a total of 6lbs and returned a further nine fish including a superb brown trout estimated at 6lbs. Mr. Hill landed four fish for a combined weight of 15lbs and returned one whilst Mr. Cormack had two fish for 10lbs 8oz and released five. Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and dries accounted for most of the fish but lures did take a few. The Burnside Pool was somewhat moody this week but Scott Watson obviously had the correct formula as he returned fourteen fish on catch and release. Ed Valentine also did well releasing nine fish. Tam Costello returned two fish with one of them being a magnificent rainbow estimated at 10lbs and Mr. McCabe took three fish for a total weight of 7lbs 4oz. Most of the fish fell to Buzzers (black or olive) or Nymphs retrieved slowly. Jock Leslie again dominated returns on the Bankside with his best session being sixteen fish released and Scott Watson also did well returning ten. Messrs. Low and Patterson took four fish for a total of 11lbs and Mr. Gibson had three fish for 8lbs 8oz and returned a further three. Various dry fly patterns sorted out the better fish but Buzzers and small lures also did well. On the Woodside Pool (any legal method) Mr. Lee took three rainbows for a combined weight of 7lbs 4oz; Mr. Robertson had three fish for 6lbs and Mr. Morrison took two fish for 5lbs. Those spinning enjoyed the best results but Powerbait fished beneath a float also did well.

4. MARKLE (East Lothian) There were some toppers off last week with Tam Wylie from Livingston top of the pile with a brace of 10lb plus rainbows taken on a Cat. Derek Demarco from Edinburgh used a Nomad to take one at 10lbs 8oz, Davy Smith, Dunbar, had one at 8lbs on a Buzzer, B Nicol, Edinburgh 2 on the Diawl Bach best 7lbs and K McFarlane from Edinburgh had 3 on a Yellow Egg – best 8lbs. 

5. SWANSWATER (Stirling) There was some lovely sunny, warm weather this week although there were also cool nights and some days there was a cool easterly wind.   When the sun came out on Saturday so did the Tigers with the anglers from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Dunbartonshire bagging a good few of these cracking fish.   Several Browns were also hooked this week and a couple of 5lb Golds along with the usual top quality Rainbows and Blues.   On different days, there were different hotspots as the fish adapted to the changes in temperature.   These included the island, the Far Bay, around the big tree and at the dam.   The depth that the fish were at also varied, with everything from just below the surface to around 5 feet down seeing fish caught.   Most were taking nymphs and wet flies with the favourite patterns being Montana, Damsel, Hare’s Ear, Cormorant, Buzzer, Bibio, and Kate McLaren. The Fishery is still open 8.00am to 9.00pm every day.
Rab Bonar, Alloa, fishing from the boat, 9 for 26lb, on two tickets, including a Blue and a Brown, Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, 8 for 24lb including a Blue, plus 4 C&R, including a Brown, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb 6oz including a Blue, plus 3 C&R, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 4 for 13lb 12oz including a Blue and a Brown and Malcolm MacDonald, Glasgow, 4 for 12lb 8oz, including 4lb 6oz Rainbow. Dave McFadyen, Denny, 4 for 12lbg 8oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow, Stuart Cameron, Alexandria, 4 for 12lb 6oz, plus 3 C&R, Danny Borzacchiello, Dumbarton, 4 for 12lb including a Blue and a Brown, Barry Hamilton, Moodiesburn, 4 for 11lb 12oz and John McQueen, Clydebank, 4 for 11lb 14oz including a Tiger. Jim McColl, Dumbarton, 4 for 11lb 10oz including 3 Tigers, Willie Nyguist, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 4oz, plus 2 C&R, David Brown, Dumbarton, 4 for 10lb 4oz including 2 Tigers, Edward Lochrie, Glasgow, 3 for 11lb including a Blue, Marius Botezatu, Stirling, 3 for 10lb 4oz, including a Brown, plus 4 C&R and Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 3 for 10lb 4oz. Willie Martin, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Gold, George Kerr, Dumbarton, 2 for 8lb 10oz including 5lb 12oz Gold, Ian Whitfield, Denny, 2 for 8lb 4oz, Andy Hepburn, Bannockburn, 2 for 7lb including 5lb Gold and Ian Brown, Balloch, 2 for 7lb including a Tiger. Paul Rooney, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Brown, Paul Keenan, Whitburn 2 for 6lb, Brian Eadie, Cowie, caught and released 10 in the small ponds and John Fleming caught and released 7.


Friday, 4 May 2018

Lake fishing report by Quint

Tel:01877 385664
Lake of Menteith 2/5/18
Temperature at 6ft 10C and Secchi disk Water Clarity 2.8m

In the Police Service UK Tri Match involving officers (serving and retired) from all airts and pairts as well as a Navy Contingent and a community representation from Lintrathen, Neilston and Gartmore angling Clubs (56 rods) - 411 fish were caught giving a rod average of 7.3. Anglers measured their first two fish and then recorded the number of fish returned up to a maximum of 12 at which point a time bonus came into operation. Top rod on the day was Barry Robertson from Lintrathen who had caught his 12 fish by 14.45. Tyler Hay and Tam Burnett tied for 2nd top rod. Lintrathen were the top team, followed by Neilston and the Police finished 3rd. Pictured below left is Barry Robertson (on right) receiving his prize from the Ronald McDonald House Chairperson David Watson. The charity provides free adjacent accommodation for parents of sick children in Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. Below right (on right) Police angling Secretary Jamie Picken hands over the cheque of £650 collected for Ronald McDonald Trust at the competition.

Tactics on the day varied. The best areas were Gateside, Hotel Bay, International and Kates Brae Bays and Lochend. The prevalent tactics as far as I am aware was floating line or midge tip with buzzers or cormorant types and a booby on the end – and as slow as possible a retrieve whilst at the same time keeping in touch with the flies. People also did well on faster sinking lines with boobies, cats and dancers.

EVENING FISHING has started and a wee reminder to all those interested that the MENTEITH BOAT LEAGUE League kicks off next Wednesday 9TH May 6pm. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Fishing report by Jim Boyd


JIM BOYD - angling journalist/photographer

Issued by Jim Boyd on behalf of the following fisheries on Monday 30 April  2018. The report is for the week ending Sunday, 29 April 2018 2018.

1. FRANDY (Gleneagles). Jane Wright & Dionne Roberts from Cove and Kilcreggan had 9 fish for 19lbs and released 16, Gordon Price & Keith Findell, Kilmacolm, 10 for 24lbs 12oz and released 26, Fraser & Gregor Young, Johnstone, 10 for 25lbs and released 15, Brian & Xin Xin Cameron, Menstrie, 3 for 7lbs and released 2 and Ian MacEchern & Jim McIntosh from Fort William kept 4 fish for 10lbs and released a further 2. Donald McPherson from Crieff had a brace for 6lbs – best 4lbs and released 8, Jim & Crawford McEwan, Newmains caught and released 32 fish, Paul Monder, Auchterarder, 2 for 7lbs and released 4, Robert Peden, Kelty, 2 for 5lbs and released 8 and Robert Westwater from Lenzie had 2 for 4lbs and put back 8.
On the angling club front Pentland Civil Service took 42 fish for 100lbs 6oz and released 60, the Priory AC had 29 for 73lbs, Stanley AC, 23 for 59lbs and released 17, Edinburgh Masonic AC took 12 for 27lbs 4oz, Leslie & Glenrothes AC had 24 fish for 61lbs 4oz and released 40 whilst Kelty Artisan had 14 fish for 30lbs 8oz.
The top taking flies and lures included the Leggy Bloodworm, Dawson’s Olive, Damsel, Dabblers and the Mirage Cormorant whilst all areas of the water continue to fish well.

2. ORCHILL FISHERY (Braco) Ivor Campbell from Aberfoyle had a brace for 8lbs – best a 6lb blue on an Ally McCoist, John Score, Alloa, 3 fish for 13lbs on a Black Nomad, Allan Birrell, Alloa, 3 fish for 11lb on a Black Fritz, Dave Lawson, Methven, 3 for 8lbs 4oz on a Gismo and Harry Graham from Glenrothes used a Green & Black Bug to take a brace weighing 8lbs.William Heurer from Stirling took 2 fish for 6lbs 8oz on a Black Rabbit, R Hardie, Kinross, 4 fish for 12lbs on a Red McGregor, Joe Thain, Callander, 3 fish for 13lbs 8oz on an Orange Fritz, B Thain, Callander, 3 fish
for 10 lbs Orange Fritz and M Lyon from Brighton’s  caught 4 for 14lbs 12oz on a Yellow Dancer. J McNicol from Brighton’s had 4 fish weighing 11lbs 12oz on a Yellow Ecstasy whilst Hugh McLean from Oban took 3 fish for 8lbs 8oz on a Diawl Bach.

3. FORBES OF KINGENNIE (Broughty Ferry) From Spring to almost Summer and then back to Winter within the space of three days. No wonder catches were up and down throughout the week. Andy Rutherford was king of the Boathouse returning 15 fish in a fairly short evening session; most were caught on Dries or Buzzers. Mr. Hogg returned 9 on a catch/release ticket with the best fish estimated at 9lbs. Mr. Maitland took three fish for a total of 9lbs 8oz; Mr. Lloyd had two fish for 10lbs (with the bigger fish being a fine brownie weighing 7lbs) and Mr. Patterson returned two with the better fish being a well-conditioned rainbow estimated at 8lbs. With water clarity being good the better catches were on smallish flies – Dries, Nymphs and Buzzers. On the Burnside Pool, Scott Watson showed the way releasing a dozen fish whilst Mr. Thompson followed closely with eleven. On the big fish side of things, Mr. Docherty took a superb rainbow weighing 10lbs. Buzzers had their moments but a large number of fish were caught using various flies fished under a bung. When conditions were favourable the Bankside Pool fished extremely well. Jock Leslie returned 14 fish taken on a mixture of dries and buzzers. Grant Burnett released 11 and Frank Sherriff returned 8 fish. Favoured patterns included Yellow Owl, various Buzzer imitations (mainly olive or black) and Diawl Bachs. The any legal method pool, the Woodside, showed an improvement as the temperature started to rise. Powerbait fished beneath a float was again the best option but spinning also contributed well to catches. Raj took nine fish for a total of 16lbs; the Somerville party had six fish for a combined weight of 12lbs; Mr. Warden had four for 8lbs and Mr. Templeton took four fish totalling 7lbs.

4. MARKLE (East Lothian) A couple of heft specimens came off last week with Jackie Hay from Haddington including a fine 8lb rainbow in his catch of 4 taken on Buzzers and Kenny Morrison from Edinburgh used a Dancer to bag one at 7lbs 8oz. Other good catch and release returns included Jimmy Anderson from Musselburgh with 5 on Buzzers, Dave Smith, Dunbar, 5 on a CDC and John Thomson from East Linton had 3 on Buzzers.

5. SWANSWATER (Stirling) It turned cooler again this week with a return to the chilly east winds but the fishing conditions remained excellent especially in the more sheltered areas and on the occasions the wind dropped and the air warmed up a little in the sun.   The fish were generally around 3 to 4 feet down but went deeper during the windiest spells.   The cold nights meant they were deeper in the mornings than later in the day.   Early in the week they were to be found around the island but as the week went on they spread out round the whole of the main area.   Lures, nymphs and wets were all taking fish with the usual favourites – Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Damsel, Diawl Bach, Bibio, Kate McLaren and Buzzer – all taking plenty of fish.   A wide variety of colours feature in the returns with several Browns and Tigers taken or returned along with Blues, Golds and Rainbows.   The small ponds, which are a bit more sheltered, were also fishing well with quite a number of anglers choosing to fish them in order to escape the worst of the wind. The Fishery is open every day from 8.00am to 9.00pm
Billy Allison, Whitburn, 5 for 13lb 12oz from the small ponds including 4lb 8oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, Ian Ritchie, Bridge of Weir, 5 for 13lb 8oz including a Tiger, Peter Bogle, Bridge of Weir, 5 for 13lb 4oz including a Gold, a Blue and a Tiger and  Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Tigers, plus 2 C&R. Mark Gibson, Bridge of Weir, 5 for 12lb 6oz including a Blue and a Tiger, plus 3 C&R, Hugh Meighan, Bridge of Weir, 5 for 12lb 2oz including a Brown, Michael McDonald, Bridge of Weir, 5 for 11lb 4oz including 3 Tigers, Callum Lindsay, Glasgow, 4 for 14lb including 2 Blues, bigger one at 4lb 8oz and a Gold and Frank Barr, Falkirk, 4 for 13lb 8oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow. Rab Bonar, Alloa, 4 for 12lb, Gareth Mair, Kincardine, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 3lb 4oz Brown, plus 2 C&R, David Alexander, Edinburgh, 4 for 11lb 8oz, David Calder, 3 for 9lb including 5lb Rainbow, John Mathieson, Doune, 3 for 8lb 14oz including 4lb 4oz Brown and 2 Blues and George Dobbie, Glasgow, 3 for 8lb 8oz including 2 Blues. Yvonne Hutton, Edinburgh, 3 for 6lb 12oz, including a Blue, from the small ponds, plus 2 C&R, Douglas Kelly, Glasgow,  2 for 7lb 2oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow, Robert Park, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb 8oz, Graeme Gillespie, Torrance, 4lb 4oz Brown and Harry Haggarty, Glasgow, in two visits, caught and released 18 including 4 Browns. Kevin Gray, Camelon, caught and released 14, Francis Monaghan caught and released 6, Conor Meiklejohn, Stirling, caught and released 6, Davy Nicholson, Glenrothes, caught and released 6 including a Brown and Tim Gellaitry, Stirling, caught and released 5.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Amber's fur babies 5 days old

My top pedigree German shepherd had 11 puppies last Sat, sadly we lost one, so we have 5 girls and 5 boys, sire is the VA Champion of Germany

Lake fishing report by Quint

Tel:01877 385664
Lake of Menteith 24/04/18

A slight return to more normal weather with some wind thrown in has seen catches fall off a little.

Chef Gerard Peiquegnot from Pitlochry had a nice looking brown on Monday 23rd - it took a dancer between the islands.

On Saturday Thack AC caught 36 fish with 6 boats (weighing in 12 for 36lbs). Stanley AC (4 boats) caught 38 (weighing in 21 for 53lbs), Stirling Castle caught 36 with 5 boats and St.Peter’s weighed in 26 for 63.5lbs and returned another 30. On Sunday East Kilbride weighed in 29 for 65lbs and returned another 53 with 10 boats. Best areas were Hotel Bay, Lochend/Butts and Gateside.

A873 closed Thornhill to junction of A81 (1 mile east of the Port). Turn off instead at Doune before the teith bridge, go along the river and then go over the cockhill. Dont take first left back to Thornhill!!!!! Alternatively go via Arnprior.
In the second Lake National Championship Heat 64 anglers netted 395 fish with a rod average of 6.2. The cut off weight for qualification was 13lbs 2oz and the average fish weight was 2.3lbs. All the top 3 rods were in Lochend. Bill Sutherland of Avonbank AC (middle) with 16 fish was fishing a 3ft midge tip at Lochend – twiddling cormorants. 2nd placed Brad Chalmers was at Lochend with a buzzer tip and diawlbachs – also with 16 fish. 3rd placed Stuart Marklow had 14 fish with cormorants and Booby.

The angling community have been saddened to hear of the passing of ex National Champ and good friend Alec McEwan – pictured above right.