Sunday, 4 August 2013

A New Loch Keeper!


 
Photo 01 - member Gary with a good twenty plus!
 
New loch keeper!

 

Yes we have now secured the services of a new loch keeper to manage our fishing’s on the loch. He is Aaron McPherson a part time gamekeeper from Selkirk. Aaron is known to all the keepers in the area and brings with him great countryside experience, a wealth of knowledge on all countryside sports of course including fishing! He is a keen Pike angler and has fished the loch on many previous occasions. We have had a briefing session and we have agreed that firstly the unending problem of anglers and others leaving litter will be tackled. He is currently familiarising himself with our club rules and protocols and we have given him a list along with photos of anglers barred from fishing at our lochs.

 

Other priorities will include permit evasion which costs us dear and inappropriate angling tackle for the job in hand. These are onerous tasks and we would encourage all anglers to offer Aaron any assistance that they can. Although Aaron is a big lad he is very personable and easy going and I am sure he will be a huge asset to the club and the sport of angling. Anglers should be patient in allowing him time to settle into his new role, remember your own less than confident moves when starting a new job. In other words do not give him a hard time!
 

Photo 02 - A very fine double!
 
Aaron takes up his position on Tuesday when he will take possession of the club phone and begin his management of the lochs. At present there is no e mail address but for those of you unable to give up e mail please use mine stmarysloch@gmail.com and I will forward on your message to him. With child safety and angler peace of mind at the forefront of our aims, we are to propose him to become a Scottish Office Warden as are all our bailiffs which will be a reassurance to anglers whilst giving him power of entry on to private property and seizure of tackle from anyone suspected of fishing without the mandatory permit.

 

We know that all our regular anglers will extend to Aaron the spirit of friendship and cooperation as he strives to make the lochs a better place! Naturally we extend grateful thanks to Alastair at The Tibbie and past loch keeper Ian for their invaluable assistance given to the club during the last couple of months. Naturally we extend our sincere thanks to the three other individuals who expressed interest in the position each candidate was of the highest standard. Aaron can be reached from Tuesday onwards by texting or phoning the club number which is – 07724523777 or you can mail me using the above address. I will update the main site as soon as possible.

 

Photo 03 - Gary's nephew Martin with a solid double!
 
Hope for the future!

 

I refer to one of our newest members Gary Monteith who has been fishing our lochs since before Christmas and has quietly along with his companions amassed a very nice collection of fish. Compared to some of the brags we used to have to put up with these lads had to be coaxed and cajoled into giving us some pics of their catches! Skilled, competent and enquiring anglers, the thinking variety we are always eager to recruit, they follow not convention, rather employ their own methods based on logic and innovation and as can be seen, with a good deal of success!

 

Gary has a very well equipped boat on Loch Lomond where he and his band also often fish, but as he said to me last week our “wee loch” (St Mary’s) is already one of his favourites. Rather reassuringly he takes the same line as we do with regard to fools and charlatans! He kindly offered to let me see firsthand his unique method of trolling the loch and even extended the hand of angling friendship offering me a day out in his boat on Lomond! Yes indeed these are the words of a real angler, one who can see past the banknotes, one who thinks firstly of what he can do for a fellow angler in the footsteps of old Izaak! Enjoy the collection of photos some of which were taken in the depths of winter where success is hard won with only the most hardy savouring the fruits!

 

Photo 04 - Another fine double!
 
To Gary and his team many thanks for your photos, they will be of interest to many and they will now be recorded forever on the internet as part of our social history. Most of all however, thanks for keeping alive the real spirit of angling, sharing with fellow anglers your experience, skill and noble aspirations! Yet another we are pleased to include in our number as a valued member! Respect due!

There is indeed hope for the future of angling!

 

Photo 05 - Yet another fine twenty plus!
 
Finding a fishing instructor!

 

I was asked midweek how to find a properly qualified fishing instructor. It’s a very simple matter, look at the link below and follow the advice given to an angler who posed the same question. As we have stated in our submission to the Scottish government and it is implied by the angler answering, demonstrable qualification and accountability is everything when seeking a guide or instructor!

 

Photo 06 - yes its another big double!
 
Angling questionnaire

I received this last week from a researcher in the USA looking into the wider sphere of angling specifically relating to our (angling) attitudes towards Otters and fish eating birds. There are a few identification questions so test yourself and see how you get on. I have sent mine off as this appears to be a most worthy study looking into what is often a most controversial subject. Whatever your views send them off; too much information is rarely a bad thing!
see foot of page for questionairre.

 Photo 07 - The doubles just keep coming!
 
Cheap fishing tackle!

Some tat, some good stuff at ALDI today -  https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/sunday-specialbuys-4th-august/


The wider world in my view!

 

Daniel Pelka RIP!

 

I have no doubt that the whole country was appalled by the horrific treatment dished out to this innocent young child. Mistreatment that emulated that wreaked upon the inmates of Birkenau/Auschwitz by the cruel Bosch! No defence was offered by the two perpetrators, no emotion whatsoever displayed, no remorse for their horrific actions!  These people displayed cruelty far in excess of what would be expected from a human being. That however is the crucial point, they are not human beings!

 

We are now expected to keep these animals for the rest of their lives! No doubt as time goes on and memories fade they will rise to the full facilities afforded to “prisoners”! They were guilty of taking a life but more they extolled unthinkable torture on one who had no defence, one who was innocent of the foul ways of the world, one whose life had only just begun! The cruelty of these people defies my vocabulary so great their crimes!

 

A minimum of 30 years in prison is wholly unsatisfactory for horrendous crimes such as they have committed, execution is the only fit punishment! There is no rehabilitation with these creatures, they cannot and will not be a benefit to society! It is time for humanity to wake up and realise that in some cases there is no chance whatsoever of betterment and a biblical like for like punishment be employed. They should be whipped to within an inch of their lives then without ceremony hanged by the neck until they are dead!

 

Photo 01 Chris with his first St Mary's Pike Around 20 to be sure!
111 it’s a shambles!

 

As earlier predicted the ill fated 111 number has turned out to be a complete shambles! The con-Dems seeking reduced cost fractioned the system allowing numerous companies to submit low tenders to acquire services on the cheap! They were warned by the trade unions the BMA the society of GPs that it would cause chaos! The result is that now there is chaos with the 999 number being overused and A&E departments being overrun with many trivial cases!

 

Given the fact that these Con – Dems seem to succeed only at blundering the above is no surprise! It was predicted by every medical body and every group who had the slightest idea of how the NHS works, and still they went ahead! There is now ever increasing chaos and confusion in emergency departments all over England!
Photo 08 - Another big double coming!

The NHS is not safe in the hands of these fools!

 

Other snippets!

The “go home” immigration van hailed as a success by Lord Snooty and a spectacular flop by everyone else is to be investigated by racial commission. Only a couple of out of touch posh boys could have come up with such a ridiculous idea!

 

Civil servants dealing with another lead balloon, the Universal Credit System is being decried by the civil servants working on its implementation.  They say its grossly unfair and targets the weak and disabled! Yet another shambles!

 

A new book (The Blunders of Governments.)to be published soon examines the blunders made by government since the inauguration of butcher Thatcher looks like being a thoroughly compelling read. The current government are currently streets ahead of any preceding administration – no surprise there then!
 
 
 
 
Wildlife survey:
 
Is viewing wildlife an important part of your fishing experience? q Yes   q No   q No opinion
 
 
 
Is the opportunity to view wildlife important in selecting a fishing site?  q Yes   q No   q No
       opinion
 
 
If answered yes to the question above: Please rank from 1 to 3, the top three species of wildlife you would most like to see in the wild in Scotland (with 1 being the animal you would be most interested in viewing):
 
If you are unsure or have fewer than three species you would like to see then you may leave a blank space.
1.
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2.
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3.
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---How many days do you typically go fishing each year?
 
 
 From 1 (low) to 5 (high), I would rate my interest in fishing as (circle your level of interest):
 
1           2            3            4            5
  
 
 
Do you fish exclusively in Scotland? q Yes   q No
If no, where else do you like to fish?
 
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How many years have you been fishing in Scotland? ________
 
Do you prefer fishing for:   
 
q Salmon        q Trout        q Both       q Other? :
 
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Do you fishing with a guide? q Yes   q Only sometimes   q  No
 
 
Otter Assessment:
 
Does Scotland have an otter population?  q Yes   q No   q Not sure
 
If yes, how do you know?
 
q Viewed an otter in the wild   q Read about it  q Heard from a friend   q TV    q Other:
 
 
Have you ever seen an otter while fishing in Scotland? q Yes   q No   q Not sure
If yes, about how many times have you seen otters while fishing in Scotland?
 
q Once/ rarely   q Occasionally (2 – 3 times)   q Frequently (more than 3 times)
 
 
 
 
STRONGLY AGREE
AGREE
NEUTRAL
DISAGREE
STRONGLY DISAGREE
NO OPINION
I feel that otters decrease the number of fish available to anglers
O
O
O
O
O
O
I would enjoy seeing otters near rivers where I fish
O
O
O
O
O
O
I would be concerned if the otter population in Scotland declined
O
O
O
O
O
O
I believe that the presence of otters is an indicator of a healthy aquatic environment
O
O
O
O
O
O
I believe otters pose a threat to game fish populations such as salmon and trout
O
O
O
O
O
O
I believe it is important to conserve and protect otters
O
O
O
O
O
O
I would specifically choose one location over another if I knew I could see an otter
O
O
O
O
O
O
I would like to learn more about otters
O
O
O
O
O
O
 
 
Do you feel that otters are a nuisance/pest to anglers visiting Scottish waterways?
 
q Yes   q No   q No opinion
 
Why do you feel this way?
 
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---Do you feel that otters negatively affect other wildlife?  q Yes   q No   q No opinion
 
If yes, how do you think they negatively impact other wildlife?
 
 
 
 
What types of fish do otters primarily feed on?  q Game fish   q Coarse fish   q Not sure
 
Any species of fish in particular? 
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What comes to mind when you think about an otter?
 
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Overall attitude towards otters:
 
q Strongly like           q Like           q Moderate            q Dislike           q Strongly dislike    
q no opinion              
 
What about the otter causes you to have this attitude?
 
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From the pictures shown to you, please circle the number that corresponds to the picture of an otter:
 
1                 2                 3                 4
 
Text Box: 1. Text Box: 2. eu otteramerican mink.jpg
Text Box: 3. Text Box: 4. polecat.jpgpine marten
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                        
 
Bird Survey: Part I
 
grey heron.jpg
Have you seen this bird while fishing? q yes   q no  q not sure
 
 
 
Would you enjoy seeing this bird in the wild?
q yes     q no     q no opinion
 
 
 
goosander.jpgcormorant.jpgosprey.jpgPlease identify the bird in the picture if you can:            
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Have you seen this bird while fishing? q yes  q no                                                   q not sure
 
Would you enjoy seeing this bird in the wild?
q yes     q no     q no opinion
 
 
 
Please identify the bird in the picture if you can:            
 
 
 
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Have you seen this bird while fishing? q yes q no                                                    q not sure
 
Would you enjoy seeing this bird in the wild?
q yes     q no     q no opinion
 
 
Please identify the bird in the picture if you can:            
 
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Have you seen this bird while fishing? q yes   q no
                                             q not sure
 
Would you enjoy seeing this bird in the wild?
q yes     q no      q no opinion
 
 
Please identify the bird in the picture if you can:            
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Bird Survey: Part II
 
 
Do you consider fish-eating birds to pose a threat to the fish populations in Scottish rivers?
q Yes     q No     q Not sure
 
If yes, please provide a brief explanation:
 
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Do you think it is important to learn how to share Scottish rivers with wildlife such as fishing eating birds?
 
q Strongly agree        q Agree         q Neutral                 q Disagree       q Strongly disagree
q no opinion              
 
 
Why did you select your opinion above?
 
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STRONGLY AGREE
AGREE
NEUTRAL
DISAGREE
STRONGLY DISAGREE
NO OPINION
I consider fish-eating birds to be a nuisance while fishing
O
O
O
O
O
O
Fish-eating birds are an important part of a river ecosystem
O
O
O
O
O
O
I would support efforts to decrease fish-eating bird populations
O
O
O
O
O
O
I would go to the river specifically to see fish-eating birds
O
O
O
O
O
O
 
 
What, if anything, would you consider to be good about fish-eating birds?
 
 
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What, if anything, would you consider to be bad about fish-eating birds?
 
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Demographic Information:
 
Tick the option that best describes where you live:
 
q   Rural area (countryside)                   q  Town/small city                    q  Large city
 
---Please state your current postcode if you are a resident in the UK:
 
 
Are you a member of any wildlife, natural heritage or conservation organizations? q yes q no
If yes, please state the groups or organizations that you are a member of:
 
 
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Gender:
Ethnicity:
Residence:
Highest level of Education:
Occupation:
q  Male
q  White
q  Scotland
q  Primary school
 q  Employed
q  Female
q  Black
q  England
q  Secondary    school
 q  Unemployed
 
q  Indian
q  Wales
q  Secondary school + trade
 q  Retired
Age:
q  Chinese
q  N. Ireland
q  2yr college degree
Job title, if applicable:
 
q  Asian
q  Republic of Ireland
q  Bachelor’s degree
 
 
Other:
 
q  Beyond bachelors    (MA/MSc/PhD)
 
 
 
Other:
 
 Are you a student?
 
 
 
 
 q Yes q No
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is the conclusion of the survey, and we thank you very much for your participation. Your input is valuable and greatly appreciated.
 
send completed surveys to
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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