BLOB DONE; RECORD ANGLING.
FOR the second week running, it was the Night of the Killer Blob on the Lake of Menteith.
It sounds like the title of a horror movie but as every educated angler knows, the Blob, which looks nothing like the insects upon which trout prey, is one of the most successful rainbow patterns ever.
In Heat 3 of the Scottish Club Championships, Ardrossan angler Martin Hamilton used a Blob to take his winning five-fish limit basket, as did John Anderson senior, of Ayr, the heaviest bag winner the week before.
They weren't the only ones. Many successful anglers in the first three heats used Blobs.
Three years ago, anglers on English reservoirs, more used to tempting trout with traditional flies which represent chironomids, damsel flies and the like, called for a ban on the garish Blob lures.
But they are now an accepted part of the competition trout fisher's armoury.
More recently, to make them buoyant, they have been tied up, Muddler style, with clipped bucktail, in very bright colours.
To make them float even better, a little bit of foam is now tied in at the rear end.
Martin fished his lemon and orange Sunburst Blob on the point using a slow glass line.
He said: "I used a very slow figure-of-eight retrieve to keep in touch with the cast as the boat drifted. All the fish took the Blob and were just two inches below the surface."
Scottish Club Championships: 1 Caley Liners FF, with 11 fish for 23lb. 2 Greenock & District AC with 10 fish for 22lb11oz. 3 Kinross AC with 12 fish for 22lb5oz. All three clubs go forward to the semi-finals in September.
Champion of Champions: 1 M Hamilton, Caley Liners FF, 5 fish for 11lb 8oz. 2. A Hutchison, Greenock & District, 5 fish for 10lb 14oz. 3. M. Hunter, Stirling Castle AC, 5 fish for 10lb 3oz. 4. S Robertson, Cupar AC, 5 fish for 10lb 2oz. 5. A Smith, Kinross AC, 5 fish for 8lb 8oz. All five qualify for the final in October.
THIS is one trout that, because of its size, the ospreys at Butterstone Loch, near Dunkeld, could never bring back to their nests.
The massive brownie, caught by Gourock angler Norrie McGilvray, tipped the scales at 13lb 10oz and was tempted by a Cormorant.
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THERE were flatties aplenty in an SFSA Open Shore Sweep at Carsethorne.
Tommy Tate landed 11 of them for a winning length of 355cms.
Billy Buckley grabbed second place, 4cm behind, with Alan Combe just 3cm further back in third. The longest fish of the day, a flounder of 45cm, fell to Lee Head.
This Sunday, the shore action moves up to Largs, with the opening leg of the Ayrshire Shore League.
Registration is from 2 to 2.30pm, and the four-hour match will start at 3pm.
A NEAR-33LB net of carp and silvers got Neil Chapman off to a flying start in the Orchill Series.
It saw him home with just 15oz to spare over runner-up Barry Morgan and more than 5lb clear of third-placed David Matthews.
After the second round of Magiscroft's Barras League, the Mercenaries top the team section, with only weight separating top individuals Chris Hughes, Mark Brown and Barry Lindsay.
In the Grab-a-Grand qualifier at Broom, Craig Henderson and Scott Bond won through to the final.
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