Sunday, 21 September 2014

Tarred with the same brush!

Photo 01 - long distance swimmer with escort last week.

Tarred with the same brush!

Speaking with loch Keeper Mr Xxxxx yesterday he told me of a couple of foreign lads who had come to fish for our Pike. He said they had planned this trip a while ago and were very much looking forward to the day. As he does with all anglers a brief resume of our rules is the order of the day, in particular our policy of catch and release with regard to Pike which apparently is a delicacy to Eastern Europeans!

He left them to get set up for the day ahead and said that he would return later in the day. When he returned they were in high spirits after apparently catching two Pike of 9lbs and 6 lbs. Of course Mr Xxxxx enquired to see that they had both been returned unharmed to the loch and they were insistent that they had been safely returned. One of the anglers went to his backpack and pulled out a camera and sure enough there were two photos of two nice Pike.

There was more though, a video showing each of the Pike being returned to the loch! When asked why they had went to the trouble of taking the videos they said that they had read of the shameful practices carried out by some of their countrymen they were embarrassed and decided to show us that not all Eastern Europeans behaved in such a fashion. Of course we knew this already having 3 foreign anglers in membership. Of course Mr Xxxxx thanked them for the trouble they had taken and they enquired about membership of the club.

Well here is the lowdown – It is of concern to us that all foreign anglers are viewed with suspicion but this has come about due to 90% of all problems coming from anglers from other countries. The two lads here went that extra mile to demonstrate to us that they respect our culture and are eager to fit in and fish in the way we do! We really appreciate your actions lads and we would be delighted to have you both as members of the club! It’s just a pity all foreign anglers are tarred by the same brush, the one that paints the picture of the appalling incidents we have reported in the past!

To the two lads _Respect!

Dismal mobile phone service!

Another week has passed with the 02/Giff Gaff service improving not one iota! Yes missed calls not recorded, calls not getting through and conversations cut off in mid call. Enough is enough I have asked Mr Xxxxx to initiate the transfer of our club number from Giff Gaff to EE/Orange as soon as it is practicable. I tested the EE signal yesterday and it appears to be significantly better in most areas of the loch. We would hope to have the conversion completed in the next two weeks; we will see how it goes. In the meantime perseverance is the key!

Member News!

We found out recently that one of our respected members Sebastian Ochocki has branched out and opened an e bay shop selling fishing tackle mainly for the predator branch of the sport. Of course we are keen to offer members any assistance we can and we agreed to make the shop known to our members. Here is how Sebastian describes his shop –

Excellent quality fishing tackle with affordable prices. Please contact me for more info at . 10% discount for members of St Marys Angling Club plus free postage if you order by email. Cheques, bank transfers and PayPal payments accepted. Please visit my shop at:

Thank you


Why not go and visit the shop and see some quality items from top manufacturers at very keen prices, and as you can see above members will receive a 10% discount. Now added to our list of recommended dealers!

Photo 02 - Our site riding high!
Why we are here!

 Yes our site on choosing a fishing guide just keeps on climbing up the rankings! If you use quotes then the site comes up second on the list whilst our main site comes up third! If you dispense with the quotes our site still comes up second as you can see in the screenshot taken today. That it will rise to top place is without question, it’s just a matter of time!

One hundred and three visitors this week shows just how much our information is valued as anglers try and sort out the wheat from the chaff! We have received one recommendation from a reader but we will need to check out qualifications etc and this could take some time. It’s great to offer our readers a valuable resource; it’s why we are here!

The wider world in my view!

A once in a lifetime opportunity lost!

Friday morning was a dismal affair for me having been up most of the night watching as the votes came in from the count in the Scottish Referendum! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing; it looked like the biggest opportunity in the history of Scotland was about to be thrown away and indeed that is what happened! It looks as though the last minute scare tactics of the No campaign did for us with predominantly older voters getting the jitters at the last minute whilst youngsters held their nerve! Whether through apathy and a lack of desire to construct a new egalitarian society or being persuaded by the absolute fear mongering that came out the day before the vote the chance was lost!

Those who made the wrong move now have the rest of their lives to repent their decision; the next referendum is a long way off! Already the hastily cobbled together “Devo max” is falling apart before it has even started. The mystery package could contain anything from nothing to very little, the content was never prescribed, how could you have been taken in by this tosh! To those who opted for this option there is nothing further to be done. Your bed is made; you now have to sleep in it!

You have chosen perpetual inequality, you have chosen endless rule by remote uncaring Tories on their own or in coalition who seek only to line the pockets of their own kind. You have chosen to be governed by the party that is elected by the people of England! You have chosen to live off the crumbs from the table as policies favour London and the south. You have chosen to spurn the opportunity of greater wealth created by industrial regeneration and the taking of revenue that is rightly ours creating employment for all! You have chosen to see the expansion of pay day lenders, food banks and emergency charity centres that give basic sustenance to the increasing numbers at the very bottom of our society!

 You have chosen political manipulation by Westminster as they pretend to offer devolved powers, but retain the mechanisms that control real power instead of direct control over our future! You have chosen second best and all the benefits that fall to losers! You have chosen not aspiration but mundane directionless low level living without a perceived goal! You have chosen to see the disadvantaged in our society punished even further with their standard of living reduced to that of Victorian beggars! You have chosen to see our place in the league tables of the most unequal countries in the world rise from fourth to first!

You have chosen greed over charity, self interest over benevolence, negativity over positivity and division over inclusion. These are the choices you have made resulting in the dire consequences that we must now all endure. September 18th 2014 will go down in history that is beyond question, but instead of being remembered with fond positive thoughts it will be reviled in generations to come as the day Scotland made the wrong choice and took the wrong turning on the road to a continued wretched existence that will take generations to correct! How very sad!

Did you really choose well?

A unique man!

Of course I am speaking of Alex Salmond the leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party who resigned this week following the defeat in the Scottish referendum. He was liked and loathed in equal measure for his politics and I generally liked him as a bright spark in the dismal world of Scottish politics. I mean look at the others, insipid Johann Lamont, dismal Willie Rennie and irrelevant Ruth Davidson! These personality bereft individuals have the ability to stimulate no one!

Oor Eck could hold court with the best of them regularly embarrassing the opposition with the greatest of ease even among the Westminster grey suited brigade there are none who could hold a candle to him. He had passion, charisma, empathy and understanding to a level that made the rest of them look like village idiots! Although he failed in his ultimate goal of leading the country to independence he did the next best thing. He demonstrated to the UK government that change had to take place and we could no longer go on like this!

He was a natural born leader and Scottish politics will be the poorer for his departure however in Nicola Sturgeon he has a capable successor every bit the seasoned politician. As they say as one chapter closes another opens, I think it will be interesting reading!


Yes our boat house blether’s are indeed reminiscent of the old American Speakeasy where unbridled talk free from political correctness is the order of the day. Elliot our treasurer was brought up in the city of Glasgow. You often hear things then think that must have been bad, but when you get firsthand the story it really hits home! I don’t know how we got on to it but we started talking of the decimation of heavy industry in Glasgow at the hands of “Butcher Thatcher” back in the day.

Dozens of steelworks trashed along with the big shipbuilders left a massive skilled workforce on the dole and in keeping with all Tory policy benefits were kept to the absolute minimum leading to poverty and deprivation all over. Communities destroyed, families split and brother turned against brother. A once proud city reduced to its knees with guaranteed unemployment being it’s only virtue! This is the real Tory legacy as it has been ever since is it any wonder the people of Scotland hate the Tories and all who climb into bed with them like the inept puppets!

Among the elite of London “Butcher Thatcher” will be remembered for many things (primarily lining their pockets) in Scotland however her name is dirt remembered only for the complete and utter desolation of our country, an absolute blight on the Scottish people!

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