Sunday, 24 April 2011
Wild Trout Competition
Photo - Mike Wood receives the 1st prize of a day's autumn salmon fishing on Tweed from our longest serving member the ever young Pete Young.
Our annual competition was held today on St Mary’s Loch and conditions were ideal for summer activities such as sunbathing maybe less so for catching Brown Trout. It was a very sunny day with a light breeze and many said that Trout would be difficult to tempt in this weather. This in fact proved to be the case. Wild Trout command from an angler the very best efforts and half hearted casts with gaudy floss and tinsel won't do! Fine presentation and a close match to the current food on the water are the minimum demands and then they will only go for your flys if they are of a mind to do so. There is no easy option in wild Trout fishing, it is very hard work indeed! but as our anglers know the rewards when they do come are great.
Photo - Stevie Nimmo receives the 2nd prize of a box of buzzers from committee member Les Henderson
Anyway the day started with coffee and a roll at the Glen Cafe and Cath and her willing staff did us proud as we knew they would, to all the staff at the cafe a big thank you from the club!
Yes the fishing was difficult with a total of eight Trout being caught but all were in the 6 -8 inch range and therefore could not be counted as the limit was 10inches. Wet flys, buzzers even lures were stripped in an effort to tempt the wily residents of St Mary’s Loch but to no avail. It was quite interesting to watch the anglers in action every one of them a real angler giving of their best casting furtively till the last. If fish were given up purely for effort then there would have been full bags aplenty. Yes indeed it was a pleasure to see anglers pitting their wits against a wily adversary, in this case coming off worst, but as the real angler says “there’s always another day”!
To settle the outcome we had to resort to drawing lots for the prizes and the outcome was as follows
1st Prize of a day’s autumn Salmon fishing on Tweed – Mike Wood.
2nd Prize a box of superb buzzers - Stevie Nimmo
Photo - Mark McEwen receives the third prize of a bottle of fine Scottish Whisky presented by club member Kris Olson
Thanks are due to Major Sir Neil Westbrook who donated the most excellent first prize, Stevie McGeachy of Blackwater Tackle who donated the super box of buzzers and Alistair Moodie of the Tibbie who kindly donated the first class whisky and to all the competitors who took part today. Of course we must not forget the stewards Frank Gillespie, Kris Olson and Les Henderson thank you all!
As usual the day rounded off with a hearty barbeque provided by Alistair and Selina at the Tibbie which was cleared out with no compromise by our ravenous anglers! Nice to see satisfied and smiling faces even with no fish to show. Thank you Alastair and Selina for yet another superb end to the day! Yes most definitely these lads were real anglers who enjoyed the day out irrespective of the fishing conditions!
Special mention must go to Gordon Mclurg who in addition to fishing carried out an underwater survey of the loch bed flora and fauna! We all knew you were a keen angler Gordon but an upcoming underwater marine biologist? Respect mate, you clearly have the same train of thought as me, books are ok, but there’s nothing like seeing things with your own eyes!
To all of you who thanked us for running the competition, thank you! We will be running it again next year and hope to see you all again.
Photo - Some of the competitors in todays competition
A 12 pounder caught this week by Fraser Patterson was noted to have the classic signs of a spawned out Pike. A flaccid belly battered fins and a red vent means that the event has or is taking place. Great news now they can resume feeding again! fraser also reported the first Perch and Eels of the season.
Muppets & Neds
Alastair at the Tibbie told us today that he has arranged a meeting on the 10th of May to better prepare for the inevitable onslaught of these jackals. We have been invited to attend and a representative of the club will be present.
The wider sphere of angling
The Osprey has now been seen fishing on the loch three times now by observant anglers. These eagle eyed birds are a real pleasure to watch as they carry out their work, listen out for squawking crows and seagulls as they try (unsuccessfully) to worry this noble bird. Its a sight to behold so keep your eyes peeled and ears open!
Fraser Patterson another of our real anglers spotted a friend not seen for quite some time. An Otter who was swimming in the loch these elegant hunters take fish as do the Osprey but the loch is big enough to support real anglers and these absolute gems of nature.
Les Henderson erected a bird box outside the boathouse and a feeding table. Already Chaffinch, Wagtail, Blue, Great and Coal tits are coming to feed and the Coal Tits and Great Tits have both viewed the new home on the market! We expect an offer to come in soon, my guess The Great Tits!