Sunday, 14 September 2014


Photo 01 - Mike shows a corker of 1lb 13oz
Always on the cards!

How many times have you looked upon a water and thought “there’s not much of a chance of catching today!” well yesterday is what I would class as one of those days. The absence of wind leads to a mirror like scene on the loch. Further compounding the situation were occasional bursts of sun further dampening the heart. Yes the scene dreaded by most who fish the loch where every movement made by the angler is detected by the wily Brown Trout that inhabit the loch.

The captor of the splendid fish above who is staying at Mike & Julies guest house on the banks of the loch http://www.stmaryslochbedandbreakfast.co.uk/  employed a floating line with 15ft leader and a butcher on the point, dogged determination was the factor that caught this fish which fought like a Trojan resisting early attempts to net it! The fish was given to Mike & Julie who lightly cooked it and according to Mike it was absolutely delicious the closest thing to wild Salmon they have ever tasted! The battle was hard fought but that which is won too easily is not worth having! If your line is in the water there’s always a chance!


Photo 02 - 4 out of 8 I caught at Lindean without using a Blob!


Wretched phone service!

Booking a days fishing or reserving a boat or engine has been a bit of an ordeal over the last few weeks due to problems with the signal carriers network. Most people in the Cappercleuch area seem to plump for O2 or Giff Gaff which apparently uses the O2 network. EE or Orange also have a mast in the area (behind the Tibbie) which is the network I use and it’s either full on or off completely!

What has been happening with the network we know not, but calls have not been registering on the recipients phone and answer phone messages can take up to 24hrs to come through! Of course this also affects messages and e mails carried by the network! The problem of course is lack of coverage for individual carriers but probably enough if networks were shared but that looks like being an event that may or may not take place in the distant future!

So here’s what to do – Allow plenty of time when making your booking by mobile, landline or e mail to in the first instance Mr Xxxxx our loch keeper and his contact details are as follows

Phone - 01361890221 from Monday 9.00am until Friday 2.00pm

07724523777 from Friday 4.00pm until Sunday 5.00pm


Please leave a message if you enquire by phone and allow 24hrs for a response Mr Xxxxx offers an excellent service so please allow him time to meet your needs.

If you are unable to contact Mr Xxxxx please phone 07980350031 or e mail stmarysloch@gmail.com however only use these contact points if you cannot get through to Mr Xxxxx. Here’s hoping the network coverage improves sooner rather than later!

Photo 03 - the damaged propeller!
Slipping Clutch!

You will remember the carry on with the rubber clutch on our propeller a new fangled abomination designed to replace the humble shear pin which was designed to break on hitting a rock severing the connection from the drive gear to the propeller to prevent damage to the I imagine very expensive gear system!

Well Duncan’s in Glasgow quoted £45.00 including next day postage which somewhat eased my relationship with the clubs money man Elliot Fraser. I phoned on Monday to order the part only to be told the £45.00 propeller was redundant and that Hidea had sourced the part from another supplier and the new revised price was £88.00 plus VAT! The total came to £102.00 for some careless anglers running over some rocks! We sourced some shear pins for our electric engine at £4.60 each!

Naturally I asked why the new price was so steep and was told that this was a new design capable of severing the drive when meeting an obstruction but automatically re engaging drive when the obstruction wax removed! Now the new propeller looks identical to the damaged one, just how this rubber bush reapplies adhesive to its outer face to remake the bond to the propeller housing is beyond my ken and apparently the mechanics as well as he could not explain it to me! At £100.00 per hit I predict we will be bankrupt in a very short time!

However it’s fitted, but I haven’t got round to telling Elliot as yet. As they say he will not be amused!

Way to go, courtesy of The Guardian.
The wider world in my view!

It’s now or never!

Thursday is looming, the day that will host Scotland deciding its destiny! Opinion polls are too close to call with some showing both sides on occasion with marginal leads. What is clear from this is that there is no room for complacency every single vote will count in what looks to be a real nail biter!

The current generation will never again be offered the chance to start out on the road to creating a new and fairer society! A society where inroads will be made to eradicate poverty the scale of which currently damns us all! A society where the goals will be fairness and equality where money goes to providing for the people of Scotland in terms of a vastly improved health service, a thriving jobs market and an end to the scourge of Westminster massive unemployment!

A redistribution of wealth, which will see swathes of land taken back into public ownership. Public utilities wrenched back from the greedy fat cats spawned of “Butcher Thatcher”! A return to see the basic needs of living all being provided for by the state and an end to the ridiculous wages paid to the few at the expense of many! A guarantee if not for ourselves but for those who come later!

Not least is the opportunity to rid ourselves completely of the Eton posh boy brigade that populate the mainstream Westminster parties and with them the poor punishing policies that has seen poverty growing at an unprecedented pace. No more pontificating from the finger pointing Tories and their backsliding aides the nefarious puppets led by arch liar Puppet Clegg! No more pie taxes, no more try it and see policies, no more overseas bungling, no more embarrassing gaffs on the worldwide stage and an end to the food banks and pay day lending culture brought about by the Bullingdon boys! An end to the culture of greed sown by “Butcher Thatcher” and promoted by Lord Snooty and the Tories, a move towards realigning this warped society where helping others rather than trampling over them to satisfy material greed becomes the norm! Run a country, these fools could not run a bath!

There is no doubt we can go it alone but it will be works in motion so great are the hurdles to be cleared. We are a resilient aspiring nation and as such all is within our grasp. When you think about it would you really be happy passing on a legacy of greed devoid of compassion for others to the next generation? It will probably involve much hard work, some small sacrifices and some compromises but it will be very much worth the inconvenience. Look at the alternative most likely a Tory/UKIP alliance bordering on fascist extremism, specialising in bungling the like of which the country has never yet seen in spite of embarrassing achievements of the Con-Dems!

There are in life many big decisions to make and sometimes you have to be enthusiastically aspirational rather than measured and staid. Thursday’s decision is of that ilk for all of us. We have to decide if we are content to see the rich amass more wealth whilst the poor become even more destitute on the road to a Dickensian society. We have to decide whether we are easy with more of the same or see the chance to create a society in which all will prosper and leave the negative consequences of Tory governance to middle England the people who voted for them!

Irrespective of how the country votes on Thursday Scotland will be a different place, the choice however is whether marginal improvement is sufficient or whether we go with passion and drive in pursuit of becoming an independent nation where the putty is malleable and we as a nation can form it as we see fit. I am vehemently in favour of independence on the basis of ridding our wealthy country of poverty, creating a society based on fairness and equity and consigning the word Tory to the history books! I hope that you also will take a similar stance!

VOTE FOR INDEPENDENCE!
The Islamic State!

That these murdering butchers require sorting out is beyond contention! One by one they will execute innocent foreign nationals to punish the west for intervention in their affairs. All foreign nationals should be made to leave and then air strikes on a massive scale should be employed in all extremist areas until they are wiped out! Just a great pity we have Lord Snooty and his band of bunglers at the helm! It's a harsh way to sort out a problem unfortunately its the only way!

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