Sunday, 17 April 2011
Photo 01 - The start of the Muppet season!
The wild trout competition takes place next week, below are the rules of the competition. Because of the short timescale brought about by entries being slow in coming in entry tickets will now be issued on the day and all competitors already entered will receive an e mail or phone call to confirm their entry.
You should endeavour to arrive at The Glen Cafe in good time to allow for eats and registration. Boats will be available departing from the club boathouse for any angler wishing to fish on the far side of the loch. Similarly any angler on the far bank who wishes to come back to the roadside should simply call one of the numbers on the recording card which will be issued with the entry ticket on the day and you will be ferried over as quickly as possible.
You may fish anywhere on the loch with the exception of Rodono house orchard which is private. This small stretch is next to the boathouse bay heading up the loch. The yacht club marina although not private is likely to be busy with people practising their sailing and as such not conducive to good fishing.
If you are on catch and release you should call one of the numbers on your recording card and a steward will come as quickly as possible to measure your catch. The format will be snout to the fork of the tail in centimetres, the length being agreed between the steward and the competitor.
Tight lines to all competitors!
(1) Fishing is to be from bank only.
(2) There is to be a bag limit of 4 Trout then catch and release for anglers wishing to take trout.
(3) No Trout under 10 inches (25.4cm) may be taken.
(4) Fishing shall be fly only with fly reel and line with the maximum hook size being size12 longshank.
(5) No Trout shall be passed to another angler (Bag sharing).
(6) Pike and Perch to be returned to the loch.
(7) The organisers may inspect all tackle and fish caught.
(8) Parking in designated areas only, avoid blocking farm gates and entrances, no vehicular access on the estate road at the North East end of the Loch
(9) Any angler found to be in breach of competition rules shall be disqualified.
(10) Fishing shall commence at 10.00am and finish at 16.00hrs with all catches to be weighed in by 16.30hrs at the Tibbie Shiels Inn.
Photo 02 - The little Yarrow, one of our targets for improvement.
John Wright and I will meet with Wemyss & March Estates at The Barns on Tuesday to see what improvements we may initiate with the approval of the estate. We know the estate is already committed to a heavy tree planting programme so we are hopeful that we may agree some improvements to our feeder burns.
Currently we are on our third control box which is in effect the speed selector. All have been destroyed by anglers over twisting the speed selector past the highest speed. It is now clear that for some heavy handed anglers the unit is too fragile, resultantly we are to dispose of this unit and replace it with a more robust petrol unit.
Photo 03 - Looking down the loch.
Life around the loch
The boathouse snake was again seen this weekend covering the grassy bank which is obviously part of its territory. It does not appear to be aggressive in any way and on seeing a wary photographer simply slithers away.
The first swallows were noted last Sunday flying around the area of Tommy Hepburn’s farm, good to hear that these far travelled birds have returned and it looks like they have brought some very good weather with them! Spotted a few today so it’s now definite that spring is here!
A dead badger was noted on the road at the graveyard obviously falling victim to a speeding car. On the subject of speed it’s nice to see the police making their presence felt with police bikes and cars patrolling the area. I watched a motorcyclist coming off his bike just down from the lochs on Sunday, too much speed into a corner probably coupled with no knowledge of the road. Thankfully he was fine, the bike however ended up cosmetically damaged and will probably bring his insurance company a hefty repair bill and he an enhanced insurance premium.
The boathouse this year is home to a family of Chaffinch, several pairs of Blue Tits Great Tits and long term residents Pipistrelle bats, a Wren resides in the undergrowth of the large tree next to the boat mooring area. I’ve been told that today is the “official” start of the lambing season up at the loch, there are a few lambs to be seen already but perhaps this week will see little white balls of wool everywhere!
No sign as yet of the Pike spawning at the top of the Lowes, its got to be soon water temp up to 10 degrees.
Photo – Dangerman (Kevin Austin) proud to be a mutilator of Pike!
PERMALINK - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPyaB3zxDz4
Click the above link to find out how NOT to handle Pike; the perpetrator of the shocking handling in the video has been barred from fishing at our lochs! Have a look at the video and the dopey comments below, he has removed 23 comments from the video all 100% negative (mail us if you would like to view them).
Please download his photo and pass it on to your venue and ask them to visit our news pages to read about a disgrace to angling and a Pike mutilator.
Would you really want this fool with his appalling handling skills fishing at your loch?