Sep 30 2011 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Friday
LAKE OF MENTEITH
THE main focus of activity was around Sam’s or Reedy Point, Shear Point and Lochend. Dry fly continued to be top method over the weekend.
In the second Scottish Clubs semi-final Borders angler Shane Kelly was the top rod with 15. Teams: 1 Alba Orvis A 33, 2 Change B 32, 3 Alba Orvis B 23. Alba Orvis were just back from winning the Lexus Team Championship at Rutland.
The other six clubs progressing to this Friday’sfFinal are East Kilbride, Hawick AC, Kahts Whisker, Kelso A, Strathleven B and Middleton. The 60 anglers landed 372, with 175 returned, average weight 2lb 11oz.
Club returns: Bank of Scotland 5 boats, 21 for 62lb; Townhill AC 9 boats, 40 for 114lb; Kinglassie 6 boats, 13 for 36lb; Pentland 7 boats, 56 for 151lb plus 14 returned; Edin Breadalbane 3 boats, 14 for 31lb; Trout Angling Club 6 boats, 34 for 102lb; Northern Constabulary 4 boats, 22 for 54lb; Ed Waltons 8 boats, 40 for 111lb plus 7 returned.
FISH were near the surface some days and much deeper on others. At times they were feeding on or just below the surface and a selection of nymphs, wet or dry flies were successful, with diawl bach, hare’s ear, montana, Kate McLaren, spider, hopper and daddy long legs all catching. In the breeziest conditions they were slightly further down and taking small lures such as dancer, cat’s whisker, viva and various fritz patterns. Buzzers were also doing well all week, although they had to be retrieved. The boats were doing well most days in the wind, as were the small ponds which are more sheltered.
Some of the best catches: John Hester, Coatbridge, 3 for 15lb 12oz, best 10lb; Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 10lb 8oz, best 7lb 11oz; Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 7lb 3oz blue; Darren Wardlaw, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb 8oz; Stuart Nicholson, Yoker, 5 for 15lb 8oz; Ian Hunter, Alva, 5 for 16lb; Alan Hunter, Alva, in two visits, 8 for 24lb 12oz; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, 4 for 12lb 14oz; Keir Hardie, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 5oz.
The Fishery is now closing at 7.30pm.
ALL three lochans fished well for both fly and bait anglers using good tactics. Many anglers bagged and the average weight was just over 3lb.
Best flies: cormorants, muddler minnows, mini lures (viva, appetiser, dancers), diawl bachs, buzzers on a long leader or midge tip. Best baits: ledgered worms, floated maggots, size 0 mepps spinners fished slowly.
Some of the best catches: T Malcolm, Grangemouth 5 for 20lb, best 8lb; G Barr, Polmont, 5 for 17lb, best 6lb; A Shaw, Falkirk, 5 for 15lb 2oz, W Davidson, Denny 5 for 15lb; L Wilson, Stirling, 4 for 22lb, best 13lb; R Loos, Stirling, 4 for 14lb in 2 visits; A Mathers, Bannockburn, 4 for 12lb; S Murray, Doune, 4 for 11lb 12oz; L Aird, Fallin, 4 for 9lb; R Ure, Stirling, 4 for 8lb 12oz; R Manson, Stirling, 4 for 8lb 8oz; B Robertson, Cowie, 3 for 17lb 12oz, best 13lb; W Caddiss, Stirling, 3 for 11lb; B Eadie, Cowie, 3 for 9lb; M Robertson, Tullibody, 3 for 9lb; B Dawson, Bannockburn, 3 for 8lb 8oz; B Robertson, Cowie, 3 for 8lb; M Boylan, Denny, 3 for 7lb; F Robertson, Tullibody, 2 for 6lb; A Couper, Stirling, 2 for 6lb; B Neilson, Cowie, 2 for 5lb.