Sunday, 25 September 2016

Going for Gold!

Photo 01 - Wild yesterday morning!

Going for Gold !

We are now in the final furlong as regards the fish that will take gold for their captors in our heavy Trout and Pike competitions. Elliot Fraser currently leads our Trout competition with a 3.5lbs specimen caught earlier in the season but may yet be toppled if evidence comes forward of a heavier specimen caught recently.

The heavy Pike cup has been a real ding dong session with the lead changing a good few times. In the lead for the most part of the season was Scott Redpath with a 17lbs 2oz fish then overtaken by Craig Hunter with an eighteen pounder. That was then pipped by Davy Wilson with a stonking 19lbs 10oz fish only to see that toppled by Scott Redpath who has again claimed the lead with a corker 21lbs 9oz fish. So that’s where it stands at the moment. There is still plenty time to put in a challenge so if you catch one bigger than Scott’s let us know!

The last date for entries into the competition is October 5th for the heavy Trout cup and 18th of October for the heavy Pike cup and is open to all members of the club.

Of things to come!

I arrived up at the loch yesterday to find ultra keen members Davy and Stuart
sitting in the boathouse looking a tad peed off. They went on to say that Friday night was one of the worst they had encountered on the loch with gusting high winds severe enough to topple the rod pods with one gust snapping the poles of their bivvy! Clearly by the look of them they did not get much sleep and they had to dismantle camp and head for the safety of the boathouse in the middle of the night!

They were in fact quite lucky they did not suffer injury! I always know when the lads are there, their signature blue tarpaulin becomes evident when you hit the bottom of the loch. They were at Summerhope and had their tarpaulin secured at one end by a boulder on the dyke. A ferocious gust of wind heaved the boulder off the dyke the tarpaulin acting as a huge sail and lofted the boulder onto the frying pan where they were cooking breakfast! The frying pan and breakfast was ruined but it does not take much imagination to see it could have been so much worse!

We expect the weather to close down soon so we need to get the thermals out and be prepared! The lads told me that the police had been in touch over the theft of their rods last week and told them that they had traced the owners of the car to Edinburgh and that enquiries were continuing. We wait with baited breath for the next exciting development!

From our recommended dealer!

This week we see our recommended dealer Fishers in Penicuik setting up a new website and to celebrate that some cracking deals.  Special offers on reels, fly lines, treble hooks, fly tying equipment and more so nip over and have a look there is something for everyone!

The wider world in my view!

The Cafe Green!

We received some feedback from Mike this week following a meeting with interested parties, the estate, the police and representatives of the regional Council. The purpose of the meeting was to again confront the persistent summer problem of unsocial behaviour! This has been a topic rarely off the agenda and it seems nothing ever changes!

The estate, the council and the police seem reluctant to commit to anything that entails additional resources. The problem gets passed from pillar to post without any changes being agreed. The latest “solution” involves the club in that our lochkeeper if we decide to retain one would be asked to patrol the area  at the weekend and report any suspected trouble direct to the police.

As a club we would have no objection to this as the council would be required to offer a payment to the said lochkeeper which would be negotiated between the two parties. Of course this will not solve the problem it may however ameliorate it to some extent! The problem with a layman is that he has no authority such as a police officer holds he is in effect just a member of the public and many will seize upon this and tell him where to get off as they have done many times in the past.

The solution to the problem is more entrenched and the breakdown in our society is one that has been brought about by years of brutal cuts to local government, police and public services by the Tories! In a properly conducted society a police officer would be present whenever trouble was suspected and once word got around that the area was being properly policed the standard of behaviour would undoubtedly improve!

A drunken Muppet only responds to a request which is backed up by recognisable authority, a well meaning layman has little effect to resolve such a situation. More importantly the individual is entering into what could be a highly volatile situation where the chance of sustaining personal injury could be great! it is only fair to the would be warden to paint a true picture of events before he commits to such an endeavour!

I cant help but feel this is another fudge with the real issue being swept aside! It is however vitally important that the inability to address this problem is laid at the door of those who created it and that is the Tory/Puppet and latterly the Tory government! Yes our public services have been cut to the bone with police and local government hobbled by the Tory cuts! If we decide to appoint a new lochkeeper we will explain the situation to him in full and leave him to make the decision after being given the full facts!

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